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April Wrap-Up:


April has flown by, which means it’s time for my reading wrap-up. I’m going to keep this introduction extremely short because I read a total of 14 books this month. A lot, I know. I don’t know how, or why. But I somehow managed to do it.

As always, there will be reviews for the majority of the following novels. I’ll link the ones published.

Anyway, let’s get into the mini-reviews:

Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities | 4 out of 5 stars:

I have been meaning to read this Dickens’ novel since I read Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices in 2014. I finally got round to it, and I loved it. The backdrop is set during the French Revolution, depicting both Paris and London. The story, however, follows two men who are both “redeemed and condemned by their love for the same woman, as the shadow of La Guillotine draws closer…” (Penguin English Library).

I loved the social criticism, the brutal imagery and language used to depict a revolutionary Paris and a poor London, and the unique characters who guided the plot in such a wonderful way. I only had one issue with this, and it tends to be a recurring issue with Dickens, and that’s my attention to detail. I often miss things when reading Dickens, so I think his and my literary tastes are at odds with each other.

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March Wrap-up:


The beginning of March was slow. I wasn’t necessarily in a reading slump, but I just didn’t feel like reading. I was overthinking a lot, meaning I couldn’t focus on the words in front of me. I also had to submit my 8,000 word dissertation, which took up a lot of my time. Thankfully, towards the middle of the month, I managed to sort myself out. I got some reading done and managed to complete my Goodreads goal (to read 30 books)!

As always, there will be reviews of the following books (except the short stories). The ones already published will be highlighted in red. Enjoy:

Thomas Hardy’s The Woodlanders | 3 out of 5 stars:

I just don’t think it was the right time for me to read this book. My mind was elsewhere, so I found the plot slightly boring. If I picked this up any other time, I feel like I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more. It’s about the return of Grace Melbury from her middle-class schooling. Despite being promised to a simple woodsman, Grace is enticed by the newly arrived doctor. It’s a novel built around disillusionment, betrayal, nature, and moral compromise.

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February Wrap-up:


Today, I’m bringing you my February Wrap-up!

Despite having two essays in, the bulk of my dissertation to write/edit, and a Masters course in Victorian Literature to apply for, February has been a lovely reading month. It’s the first February in years (I do not exaggerate) that I haven’t had to read any assigned books; I am completely free of university reading. I took advantage of this newfound freedom by picking up all the books I’ve been dying to read.

As I read so much, I’ve my mini-reviews super short. I hope you don’t mind. A lot of them have full length reviews already published, whilst some are still yet to come. Enjoy:

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