Review: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER is a story by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women’s health, both physical and mental.

Presented in the first person, the story is a collection of journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband (John) has rented an old mansion for the summer. Foregoing other rooms in the house, the couple moves into the upstairs nursery. As a form of treatment she is forbidden from working, and is encouraged to eat well and get plenty of exercise and air, so she can recuperate from what he calls a “temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency”, a diagnosis common to women in that period. She hides her journal from her husband and his sister the housekeeper, fearful of being reproached for overworking herself. The room’s windows are barred to prevent children from climbing through them, and there is a gate across the top of the stairs, though she and her husband have access to the rest of the house and its adjoining estate.

The story depicts the effect of under-stimulation on the narrator’s mental health and her descent into psychosis. With nothing to stimulate her, she becomes obsessed by the pattern and color of the wallpaper. “It is the strangest yellow, that wall-paper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw – not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things. But there is something else about that paper – the smell! … The only thing I can think of that it is like is the color of the paper! A yellow smell.” . . .(Goodreads)

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#Reading Journals: May 21, 2019

Hello, bookworms!
Oops, I am afraid I did it again… I haven’t blogged for nearly a week!
Well, this time, I’ve got a very good excuse; my colleagues and I were in the home stretch with our firm’s financial statements which is due this month, and we finally reached the point where we can rest assured that we can make the deadline!

That said though, the hectic past 10 days somehow worked in my favor as far as reading is concerned – as I was so tired and exhausted both mentally and physically, I didn’t feel up for doing anything but read or listen to audiobooks! I’m going to get a bit deeper into it in a minute.

All right, then, without further ado, let’s get on with my reading updates!

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Review: A Pie to Die for by Stacey Alabaster

Rachael will do anything to protect her bakery from the evil Bakermatic Baked Goods Company, but does that include murder?
When a food critic dies after sampling a pie from Rachael’s Bakery, she is quickly labeled the prime suspect. When the police doubt her story of innocence, she has no choice but to find the real killer. With carefree best friend, Pippa, Rachael sets out on a mission to save her bakery, but it could ultimately cost her and her best friend everything.

This is the first installment in the Bakery Detectives Cozy Mystery series. Each book is a stand alone story, but your enjoyment of each story will be increased if you read them all. (Goodreads)

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#Reading Journals: May 15, 2019

Hello, bookworms!
I’m terribly sorry for not having posted so long! It’s been 10 days since my last post, hasn’t it (at least my last #Reading Journals post is on May 5th)?

I am not dumping reason after reason why I was so quiet (that’s boring), but instead, I WILL be trying to blog more often from now on! Once again, so sorry for being so quiet!

Right then, without further ado, let’s get on with my reading updates, shall we?

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Review: Cherry Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Hannah Swensen and her bakery, The Cookie Jar, bask in the glow of Hollywood glamour when Main Street becomes a movie set. And although tensions simmer as the cameras roll, no one expects the action to turn deadly. . .until it’s too late. . .
There’s no such thing as privacy in Lake Eden, but Hannah never thought things would go this far. Everyone has been telling her what to do ever since she got not one but two marriage proposals. Movie mania soon shoves Hannah’s marriage dilemma into the background and even gives her cat a shot at stardom. The Cookie Jar serves as snack central with Main Street rented out for the week. She stirs lots of fresh gossip, whipping up treats for cast and crew, including demanding director Dean Lawrence’s favorite–cherry cheesecake. (Goodreads)

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