Bookish Discussions

Bookish Highlights:

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I had an idea.

I thought, every now and then, I would write a lil bookish highlights post. To document bookish things I’ve enjoyed, collected, attended, and so on and so forth. There has been quite a few exciting things recently, and I really wanted to chat about them, so here we are.

 


NORTHERN YA LITERARY FESTIVAL

A book event? in the North? twenty minutes from my house? Can you believe it?

I’m making a trip home this weekend to lovely ol’ Blackpool to attend the Northern YA Literary Festival in Preston (and to smother my dog, who I haven’t seen in months). I haven’t signed up for much on the day, just a Feminism and Fantasy panel, as I’m not *that* glued up on YA anymore, but I’m mostly eager to buy loads of bookish things and talk to some fellow book bloggers!

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Bookish Discussions

2019: A Year of Re-Reading

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I don’t usually re-read books.

I’m one of those people who get stressed out by the idea that there are *so* many books I want to read but time is a thing and I find new books to add to my TBR every other day. So, instead of re-reading books, I just read new ones.

But I want that to change this year. I’ve been really pretty down in the dumps recently and I thought: what better way to cheer myself up than by re-reading old favourites?

They’re favourites for a reason: they make me happy. I need them now more than ever. So, 2019 is officially my year of re-reads. I’ve already started on a few, but I’ve got a lot I want to get to. To make sure it happens, because, knowing me, I’ll probably get distracted by new books, I thought I’d write a post. It kinda means I have to do it then.

Let’s get to it…

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The Wicked Cometh | A Lesbian Sherlock Holmes

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Rating: 4 stars

Read: 16 February – 18 February 2019


This was a pleasant surprise.

In short, The Wicked Cometh is a lesbian detective story set in early 1830s London. People are randomly disappearing from the grimy streets of London, and no one can provide a rational explanation for it. Hester White, a poor working-class, who somehow finds her way into the middle-class Brock household, and Rebekah Brock decide to set things right, embarking on a quest to stop these murders.

It’s not often that I find a neo-Victorian novel that I genuinely love. Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres to read, and I’m very picky about my Victorian settings, as authenticity is key to me, but Laura Carlin got it spot on. She captured everything, from etiquette to fashion, so perfectly. It was not necessarily Victorian in style; Carlin did not intimate Victorian writing, but focused more on characterisation and setting.

She managed to stay true to the Victorians whilst adding her own twist to their perception. That was, of course, the lesbian relationship. We all know how the Victorian felt about homosexuality (actually, as I’ve learnt from Ruth Goodman, lesbians were not even acknowledged by society), but Carlin made it seem so naturalIt wasn’t forced into the narrative. It was slowly introduced and worked so well within the dynamics of the London Carlin created.

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