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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Stuff That Interests Me

Letters and Tearooms

 Ten Illuminating Letters From Authors to Authors  

Tea rooms and Feminism 

A Mighty Girl--Book and film suggestions for girls of all ages:

Twelve Amazing Canadian Women--including Lucy Maud Montgomery, Margaret Atwood, and Buffy St. Marie.

Six Mighty Women Who Deserve a Film of Her Own:  Iday B. Wells, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maria Tallchief, Rachel Carson, Nancy Wake, and Wanagri Maathaie.

Beyond Harry Potter: 35 Fantsy Adventure Series Starring Mighty Girls

And on and on with so many girls and women, real and fictional.  

Picture Books

The Right Books at the Right Time

Why Picture Books Are So Important

books vs tv


For those of us who love mysteries and psychological thrillers, this article is about gaslighting in psychologyThere are actually a surprising number of articles about gaslighting, a fact that makes me a little uneasy.  

Gaslighting is one of the creepiest and most sinister forms of manipulation, and I can think of several novels that have made great use of the technique.   The first ones that came to mind:

The Breakdown by B.A. Harris
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

What are some of the novels you can think of that have included gaslighting?

Every once in a while I go through links I've saved.  It is interesting to go through them again.  


  1. Thanks for the link to the "35 Fantsy Adventure Series Starring Mighty Girls". I was surprised by how many I had actually read!

    Books with gaslighting as a plot point? Surely I've read a few but the only thing that comes to mind is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Mrs. Danvers vs the unnamed narrator).

    1. :) I've read several of the ones on that list of 35, mostly the YA selections. When it comes to fantasy, there are a lot of "mighty girls."

      Yes, Rebecca!

  2. The only recent book I've read that I can think of is The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. I really enjoyed it!

    1. I haven't read The Woman in the Window, but it has been on my list. I should do something about that soon, especially thinking about gaslighting.

  3. So many interesting topics! Thanks for sharing, Jenclair! :)

    1. I especially love A Mighty Girl site which has stuff for all ages. :)

  4. I think I'd include The Girl On The Train in the gaslighting group. I agree that it is indeed quite creepy. Of course, there are many movies that include it as well.

    1. Another one I haven't read. Did you like it? It's a strange thing, but of the three I listed, I only liked The Breakdown. Gone Girl and The Girl Before were creepy, but I didn't "like" them.

    2. I did like it, with reservations. The main character was struggling with alcohol and sometimes (due to people in my family that had the same) I have a hard time reading certain books with that component. I liked it better after I finished it.