2019 hasn’t been the best year for reading, so I have very little favourites when it comes to specific books. Nevertheless, that’s never stopped me. I’ve fallen in love with lots of bookish things recently, and I kindaaaa wanted to talk about them with you today, so let’s get into it!
NEO-VICTORIAN MURDER MYSTERIES:
Spending all day studying Victorian literature was fun in the beginning. Now, I dread it. I can’t pick up a Victorian classic without over-analysing it, or finding myself frustrated and a little bored. I haven’t fallen out of love with them, no, never, but I need a little break from them. So, I’ve substituted Victorian classics for neo-Victorian books. More specifically, murder mysteries.
I can’t get enough of them.
It started with Ambrose Perry’s The Way of All Flesh. It was *such* a GOOD book, following a doctor and a maid who team up to solve the mysterious murders of working-class women in Victorian Edinburgh. Ever since then, I’ve added His Bloody Project, The Wages of Sin and The Murder of Harriet Monckton to my shelves, with more sitting in my wish list. I can’t be stopped. I won’t be stopped. I need my Victorian fix.
MY TINY BOOKSHELF:
Not so long ago, my mum had the brilliant idea (stolen from IKEA) of building me a box bookshelf. She got some wooden boxes, polished them, screwed them together with a set of wheels, and I was on my way.
I’ve always wanted big bookshelves to line my room with, but I share a room with my sister, and she gets the final say in everything. I’ve never owned a bookshelf (as the shelves we did have were reserved for her DVD collection) until last year, but it’s a tiny shelf that only sits a few books. So this little box bookshelf is perfect, because it squeezes into the tiniest places. I love decorating it with my Jellycat bunnies and some faux flowers. I definitely want to add some more when I get my own place!
VICTORIAN WITCHES – MY MASTERS DISSERTATION:
I won’t lie: I’ve hated doing my masters dissertation. Recently, though, I’m getting somewhere with it. I’m starting to look at it as something unique and interesting, rather than something to stress and cry over.
I’m looking at Victorian literary witches, which is all I’ll say till I’ve handed it in and it’s been marked, as I’m a worrier and I don’t want to say too much. But it’s been fascinating to delve into historical context on witches, as well as literary context, examining how writers have approached the topic differently, or if there is even a difference at all. I love witches, that isn’t new, but my love for them has grown substantially since researching, and I’m learning something new about them every day.
It’s not all bad, right?
YORKSHIRE TEA (NIGHTTIME)
Okay, I know this isn’t bookish, but it is the best reading companion during the evening. It’s infused with vanilla and nutmeg, adding an autumnal bliss to it. It’s the perfect drink to settle down with, whilst you’re wrapped up in blankets, with the candle flickering, and the sound of rain beating at your window. It’s just *soooo* warm and cosy, ideal for those neo-Victorian murder mysteries, right?
Honestly, if you’re a tea addict like myself, I recommend picking some up (I got mine from ASDA, but I’m sure they’ll sell them anywhere!). We all know Yorkshire Tea is The Best Tea.
…I’m hoping the shorter days, colder weather and darker stories will inspire some new bookish favourites that I can share with you later on in the year. Autumn and Winter always make me want to curl up and read, and I’ll be free of university, so I’m very much looking forward to it.
What’s been your bookish favourite recently? Let me know!
Thanks for reading, Lauren X