Book Love-Poem

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It is a day of love, and how better
to express that love, than with a love-poem:

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There is no Frigate like a Book

To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot

That bears the Human Soul –

~Emily Dickinson
Book-Week-Childhood-101Fun Fact: “There is No Frigate Like a Book” comes from a letter written in 1873, and was actually originally published in Volume I of her Letters (1894), not in a book of poems.
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Cupid’s Book-Lover Tag

Love is in the air!

Source: Cupid’s Book-Lover Tag

Mid-week Meet n’ Greet

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Lets get to know each other:

Share about your love of books
and/or coffee/tea!

Source: Cafe Meet n’ Greet


Fictional Genres
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What are your Favorite Fiction Genres?

Brilliantly Brontë

emily-bronte.jpgTheir writing was bold and beautiful
and each infused with their own individuality;
wit, character, and spirit.

In honor of Emily Brontë’s birthday
Today July 30th 1818

Here is a tribute to the Brilliant Brontë Sisters:

10546-2.JPGThe Brontës
 A nineteenth-century literary family associated with the village of Haworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, are well known as poets and novelists. Like many contemporary female writers, they originally published their poems and novels under male pseudonyms: Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Their stories immediately attracted attention, although not always the best, for their passion and originality. Charlotte’s “Jane Eyre” was the first to know success, while Emily’s “Wuthering Heights”, Anne’s “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” and other works were later to be accepted as masterpieces of literature.


Jane Eyre
By Charlotte Brontë
Deliciously haunting and dark Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its title character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. The focus is on the gradual unfolding of Jane’s moral and spiritual sensibility and all the events are colored by a heightened intensity that was previously the domain of poetry.

Rated 4.5 on amazon.com
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Book Bean
: Passion Tea
In a blender mix blend: 4oz of passion fruit juice, 6oz of white tea (chilled), 1 cup of frozen strawberries, and a dollop of cool whip.

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
~Charlotte Brontë


Wuthering Heights
By Emily Brontë
Wuthering Heights is the name of the farmhouse where the story unfolds. The book’s core theme is the destructive effect of jealousy and vengefulness both on the jealous or vengeful individuals and on their communities.
Although Wuthering Heights is now widely regarded as a classic of English literature, contemporary reviews for the novel were deeply polarized; it was considered controversial because its depiction of mental and physical cruelty was unusually stark,

Rated 4.4 on amazon.com
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Book Bean:
Green with Envy
Crush mint leaves and add to glass, fill glass with ice, drizzle with desired honey, squeeze in lime juice, separately mix matcha green tea and then pour over ice. Garnish with lime and enjoy!

“I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and
hardy, and free.”
~Emily Brontë


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
By Anne Brontë
A powerful and sometimes violent novel of expectation, love, oppression, sin, religion and betrayal. It portrays the disintegration of the marriage of Helen Huntingdon, the mysterious tenant of the title, and her dissolute, alcoholic husband. Defying convention, Helen leaves her husband to protect their young son from his father’s influence, and earns her own living as
an artist.

Rated 4.5 on amazon.com

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Book Bean:
Rouge Rooibos
Steep Rooibos tea with added small dark chocolate piece/chunk and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Pour and garnish with cinnamon stick, enjoy with cream and sugar if desired.

“But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.”
~Anne Brontë


Do you have a favorite 
Brontë book/poem/quote?

Evocative Literary Lines IV

Today my theme is a bit dark/heavy; the three focus on the clash of psychological and physical despair.

“Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”

Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

“The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.”

Arthur Golden, Memoirs Of A Geisha

“For a sweet minute, I am healthy, and whole.”

“I sigh, turn from my husband, and pull back the blankets, exposing my
body-skin covering bones-and watch as the moment shatters, falling to pieces at my veined feet.”

Kimberly Wenzler, Both Sides of Love

This book really caught me by surprise. I intended to start reading it after I finished the 2 books I was already ready and a runner up. However, when I got it I started reading the first few pages (as I always do with new books), and I just never stopped until I found I had read the whole book. It reads like the intimate diaries of two very different but real women. I thought it was going to be too romancy for me, but it was less “romance” novel and more about why we love, and the different kinds of love a person experiences in their lifetime

 Share a few heavy lines from literature that have really resignation with you

Saga Saturday IV

Rebecca

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

The unnamed narrator, a naïve young woman in her early 20s, becomes acquainted with a wealthy Englishman, Maximilian (Maxim) de Winter, a widower aged 42. After a fortnight of courtship, she agrees to marry him and, after the wedding and honeymoon, accompanies him to his mansion in Cornwall, the beautiful West Country estate Manderley.

The second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she started a new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. In every corner and room of the isolated gray stone mansion were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten.
An eerie past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house’s current occupants.
Sinyard_Rebecca_Danvers-e1361723009755A ghostly aura silhouettes her heart, as the second Mrs. de Winter walks in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor. She lives cautiously, yet compelled to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim’s first wife; the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

Rated 4.4 on amazon.com

And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea”

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Book Bean:
Pale Moon
Earl grey tea steeped dense or pulled, white chocolate swirl, steamed/frothed milk, sprinkled with nutmeg.

 

Have you read Rebecca, or any other such hauntingly mysterious books?