I know, I’m late to the party, but I wanted to get this up.
Before July started, I had read 51 books. I’m on track to read roughly 110 this year, which is my new goal, but let’s focus on the first half of the year.
I had some good reading months, and some naff ones, but I’ve managed to whittle down 51 books to five *really* great ones. Most of them, if not all of them actually, are historical. We’ve one non-fiction, and then the rest are historical fiction, mainly set in the Victorian period.
The Binding by Bridget Collins
I find it hard to believe this is Collins’ debut novel. It was complex, emotional and original.
Reminiscent of the 19th century, people can visit book binders to rid themselves of painful or treacherous memories. Once bound, their memories lose the power to haunt them. Emmett Farmer, our protagonist, is sent to be a binder’s apprentice. His curiosity is peaked when he is forbidden to enter the room in which the books are stored, and by the arrival of the lordly Lucian Darnay, with whom he senses a connection with.
The Binding had such an innotivate storyline, taking something we are familiar with and turning it on its head. Who would have thought that books could possibly be someone’s unwanted memories? It’s immersive and beautifully written, with an unexpected romance and an excellent set of characters. A must read!
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…okay, so I’m back with part II of my favourite 2019 reads. Let’s save the introduction and get straight into it!
I read Sara Collins’ The Confessions of Frannie Langton and *loved* it. This is yet another historical fiction murder mystery (
but just before the Victorian period, haha, but very close). It’s 1826 and crowds gather to watch Frannie’s trial for murder. The testimonies are damning – slave, whore, seductress – and they may be the truth. But they are not the whole truth.
I liked this for multiple reasons: it tackled class issues, racial issues, LGBTQ+ issues in a society that cared very little for these groups. It raised some very interesting questions, like “what constitutes as a criminal?”, “when should someone feel guilty?” and “can some actions be justified?”. It was a very thought-provoking book. I just had some difficulties with the F/F romance – not a lot of chemistry between the two.
So next is the heartbreaking non-fiction by Jeremy Dronfield: The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz. Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann, father and son, have managed to survive the Holocaust together, only being separated for a few years in between. Dronfield, relying on extensive research and family history, has traced the story of these two men and has brought it before us.
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Firstly, I want to start by saying I hope you all had a lovely Christmas (or holiday) and I hope your New Year is equally as wonderful!!
As we are only one day away from the New Year, I thought it would only be fitting to write a post about my favourite books of 2017. Surprisingly, I’ve had a really good reading year. I managed to get through 82 books (so far, there is still a few good hours before the year is out!!) and I started to read more poetry and plays.
Goodreads told me my average rating for this year was 3.1 stars, so these books must have been really special to get a 4 or 5 from me. They are in no particular order (as I really couldn’t decide which was my favourite), so I hope you enjoy!
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