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2019 in Books: Favourite Reads I


Like everybody else, I’m here to wrap up my year of reading. I thought I’d kick it off with my favourite reads of 2019. Despite not having the best reading year, with lots of disappointing and frankly quite boring reads, I’ve managed to find a fair few favourites. I’ve had to split this up into two parts – hope you don’t mind!

I haven’t any order to this really. I’ve just listed the books in the order that I read them. I have one definite favourite which I’ll make clear in part II. Let’s kick if off with the first few months of 2019:

Up first is Ruth Goodman’s How to be a Victorian – a fantastic non-fiction looking at the daily traditions, rituals and codes of conduct that the Victorians lived by. It was *sooo fascinating* to learn the routines of my favourite period, getting a look at how both the working- and middle-class lived.

Goodman is very passionate about history, which comes across in the writing of this book, making every page a pleasure to read. I couldn’t get enough of this one.

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Bookish Favourites | Summer 2019:

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!


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.

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