27 books finished in 2013: Gaudy Night

27 books finished in 2013

Why are you reading this book?
Gaudy Night! (This is the book everyone has claimed as their favorite in the series.)

What is the first line?
Harriet Vane sat at her writing-table and stared out into Mecklenburg Square.

Describe the book in haiku form:
Which will ruin you more:
Intellectual pursuit
or monogamy?

What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
keep and loan out to friends
keep to read again & again & again
post to paperbackswap.com
throw it away (because it smells like smoke – I’ll have to track down another copy to keep forever)

Anything else you’d like to say?
Thankfully, this book lived up to the hype. It was a great mystery with lots of drama, and added so much more complexity to the main characters in the series.

ETA: I should probably comment on that haiku – the story took place at a women’s college, and the center of most of their debates were about whether it was worse to be married (and squandering your intellect on others) or to be a respectable published spinster.

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