Lunchtime Poll

LTP: 3/25

So ladies, Middlemarch Madness is drawing to a close.  One week from today we will be tabulating the votes to determine the Supreme Lady of Badassness, she who will wear the coveted Miss Persephone tiara until we do this again next year (if we think our hearts can take it).

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We take our tabulation seriously around here

For all the heartbreak and tough decisions we have gone through, there is one aspect of the contest that is unarguably positive.  I have read some fantastic books.  So far I have read The Westing Game and Uglies, and The Handmaid’s Tale will be arriving at my door any day now, courtesy of Amazon.  I’ve also reread some excellent books whose heroines I was a little fuzzy on, like The Hero and the Crown.

So how about you?  Have you read any new books to find out what all the fuss is about?


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21 replies on “LTP: 3/25”

Not a new book, but I want to read A Suitable Boy. It is 1,700 pages! I went to buy it, but it is not available on the Kindle. The thought of holding the book makes me weary.

I really want a long juicy book. But I don?t want to hold it up. Life is hard.

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As always, I encourage you to read Pratchett. I sometimes feel like a member of some weird Cult of Pratchett because I want everyone I know, or talk to, or see in the airport, to read his books. I suspect that I get those creepy zealot eyes when I talk about him.

I’ve been reading lots of “classic” books lately that I didn’t read in school. I originally got the idea from a FB quiz thing that listed the top 100 books and said the average person only reads 6 of them. I’m working my way through the list w/ 32 under my belt so far. It has forced me out of my comfort zone in terms of books I normally wouldn’t have chosen but ended up liking.

To answer your question, I just ordered The Hunger Games on Amazon …. and I’ll be stealing my sister’s copy of The Golden Compass next time I’m home.

I have to say, Middlemarch Madness, coupled with the main page redesign, is really what roped me into Persephone. Instead of only coming over when one of my Tumblr loves mentioned they’d written something, I’m now checking the site multiple times a day – and loving it!

And as someone who could not possibly care less about college basketball, I think I now understand what all the hullabaloo about brackets and all is about.

Yay to all!

I got His Dark Materials as a Christmas gift a few years ago and I was skeptical. I don’t have much luck with gift books, but I ended up reading all three between Christmas and New Years and thanking my sister-in-law profusely.

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