"Two or Three" Book Club, Meeting 55
For the longest time, I've been wanting to do some unabashedly romantic reading. I'm explicitly saying so because you'd never know it from what I'm putting forward for the next readalong . . .
Vote for Our August/September Novel!!!
(UPDATE: I just noticed the date and had to change "July/August" to "August/September"!)
Far from the Madding Crowd is Thomas Hardy's only novel with (Spoiler Alert!) a happy ending. I'm not sure how romantic we will find the final pairing, given that we have to get through a love quadrangle first; but I still think it's worth a try because someone told me that this novel is Hardy's meditation on what it means to be English and few things are more lovey-dovey than ethnic existentialism. As for Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, from all accounts I've read, it's basically Pride and Prejudice set during the Industrial Revolution and injected with a social conscience. And later given Richard Armitage as well, so that nobody would miss Colin Firth.
You can pick one of these or you could go for one of my beloved "wildcard" options . . .
Or Our August/September Novels?
These three Historical Romances make up Georgette Heyer's Alistair Audley "trilogy." Compared to Gaskell and Hardy, Heyer writes the fluffiest fluffy fluff. But based on the only novel of hers I've ever read, a "serious" Medieval-set Historical, the woman is no slouch at either writing well or meditating on the meaning of Englishness.
One last thing . . . Any resemblance this post may have to the "I Have No Idea What to Name This" Smackdown Finals post is completely
As always, there is no obligation to read along for real. But by voting, you are helping me play a glorified game of eenie-meenie-miney-mo and making me happy before you have to ignore me for your own sanity again. So all comments are welcome! =)
Image Sources: a) Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, b) North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, c) These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer, d) Devil's Cub by Heyer, e) An Infamous Army by Heyer