Women Reading (Oct. 26)

Women Reading (weekly)
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Founder: Sasha Soren (Random Magic)
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Edition: Oct. 26
Coverage: Oct. 26 - Nov. 2, 2011

Art and Quotes

Evening Reading, Delphin Enjolras

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with [...] unseen generations - such is pleasure beyond compare.

Discussions and Book Chats

Question: Since we're close to Halloween - if you could be any magical creature for three days, what would you be? Of course, you'd be able to turn back into yourself after three days!

I wouldn't mind being a fairy for a few days. Not a Tinkerbell kind of fairy, but something dark, that lives in the woods... - Jo, The Fluidity of Time (host)

I think a dragon would be great because I'd be able to cover huge distances in a short amount of time. I'd also be able to look after myself, whereas a fairy might get squished. The only downside is that most people would be absolutely terrified of me and run away. Actually, that could be quite nice, three quiet days spent anywhere I fancy in the world. - Jools, Inky Pages (@InkyPages)

Events and Parties

Oct. 30: Visit: A Rather Lovely Soirée for Talk like Jane Austen Day. A pleasant celebration filled with all sorts of delightful things - video readings from Jane Austen works, posts on Regency-era dress, movie adaptations and quotes, and other charming features. Visit

Through Oct. 31: Visit: Join a great group of bloggers for fun treats every day through Oct. 31, for Bookie Brunch: Trick or Treat. Click on any of the badges at the bottom of any post, to find more treats. New treats added daily, from Oct. 23-31.
Get some treats: Skulls - Candy - Ghosts

Oct. 22-29: Visit: There isn't an event page, but Snowdrop Dreams of Books (@snowdropdreams) will be featuring posts on witches all week long.

Oct. 17-31: Visit: Host Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf (@moonlightgleams) invites you to her spooky event, A Feast of Screams.

Memes and Features
(Incl. reading challenges)

Regency and Victorian Reads challenge: Visit or Sign up: Royal Reviews (@royalreviews) invites you to revisit the Regency and Victorian eras in fiction, by reading up to eight books set in either time period. Through December 2011.

Tina's Book Reviews (@BooksAtTinas) features an interview with an interesting indie author, every Saturday, in her Saturday Spotlight. Visit or sign up

Videos and Vloggers

Shown above: Live the Language - Paris. From a charming set of four short films about the language of a particular city. This one is for Paris, and displays words for various items a traveler experience. The series of short films are an advertisement for a language learning school called Education First (EF), but they're cute and quirky on their own. We'll include one of each of the films in upcoming editions of Women Reading.

Shown above: A pre-event video reading by Jools of Inky Pages (@InkyPages). A new reading from a selected Jane Austen work will be part of A Rather Lovely Soirée for Talk like Jane Austen Day on October 30. Visit event | Visit Inky Pages

Book Adaptations and Media Marvels
(Incl. movies, music, games, tech, publishing news, other.)

Movies featuring writers: Children of the Century (Les enfants du siècle)
Shown above: Movie clip from Children of the Century

About this movie: Biopic based on the story of the tumultuous relationship between two literary icons of the 19th century, novelist George Sand (Juliette Binoche) and poet Alfred de Musset. More clips from this film: (spoiler) L'amour existe..., (Love exists...), (No Eng. subtitles) reading scene.

Goodies and Giveaways

WIN: Enter - Thru Nov. 21: Win this charming miniature of a late-20th-century perfume that wears like an older, more glamorous classic. Launched by design house Givenchy (founded by Hubert de Givenchy), Amarige is classified as a sharp, oriental, floral fragrance. Created by master perfumer Dominique Ropion. This timeless fragrances is a brunch gift, part of the Bookie Brunch discussion about favorite classic novels at This Miss Loves to Read (@MissIrenne)

WIN: Enter - Thru Nov. 1: A nice offer from The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia (@celialarsen): Welcome to my autumn giveaway! One entrant will receive book of their choice (up to USD 30, available via Book Depository). Open internationally, ends November 1, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Artwork shown in post is an Eloise Renouf art print available at Etsy.

WIN: Enter - Thru Nov.1: An interesting collaborative offer spotted at The Arms of a Sister (@armsofasister) - a group of 10 bloggers got together to acquire an Amazon Kindle Fire to give away.

As noted in Women Reading (Oct. 5), the Kindle Fire e-reader offers a color screen, whereas earlier Kindle screens were only able to display books in black and white. There are other upgrades to the Kindle in this release. Technical details on the Kindle Fire are provided in video clip shown above, product overview via CNET. More on Kindle Fire

WIN: Enter - Thru Oct. 31: A Nook e-reader and case (shown above) at Sparkling Reviews (@SparklingReview). Details: Nook with a DecalGirl skin of your choice and a green cover. The winner will be chosen on Halloween.

WIN: Enter - Thru Oct. 31: Fuzzy Coffee Books (@FuzzyCoffeeBks) offers one winner a custom blog design, courtesy of Blogovation. View a sample design here or here. Details

WIN: Enter - Thru Oct. 28: The Fluidity of Time offers some fun Halloween books (one of two shown above) and a blank journal at Bookie Brunch - Halloween edition. Join discussion

Grapevine, Last-Minute News and Misc.

This year's Pemberley Ball will be held from Nov. 14-19. Host is vvb32reads (@vvb32reads).

Book Nooks


Nov. 1-30: Visit or Sign up: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2011 begins. Anyone participating in this year's NaNoWriMo is welcome to make use of the resources from writer Sasha Soren's Take Five series for a bit of support, inspiration, or just useful advice from various authors for each day of the challenge. Have fun, everybody! Browse Take Five series

Dec. 16, 2011: Visit or Contact - Let The Austen Games begin! In honor of writer Jane Austen's birthday, book lovers are invited to Twitter-collaborate on an Austen-inspired online tome, The Austen Games. (Tip thanks to @LiederMadchen)

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Header image: Evening Reading, Delphin Enjolras. Image courtesy Daphne Alazraki Fine Art.Additional quotes by Yoshida Kenko: Selected quotes.

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