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Reading Update #1:


Reading wrap-ups are outdated. I’m bored of them. Reading updates are my new thing. Every two weeks, I’m going to post one of these. It’s a much longer post where I actually chat about the books I’ve read, rather than just presenting the name, my rating and the synopsis.

I started October with my all-time favourite book: Jane Eyre. I’m taking part in #Victober this year, and one of the challenges was to re-read a Victorian classic, so I chose my fave after my trip to Haworth last month. Jane Eyre follows the titular character through life, journeying from childhood to adulthood, from poverty to wealth, from loneliness to love. It is such an enchanting read.

The main reason I picked this up was to rekindle my passion for Victorian literature. My Masters, despite how much I enjoyed it, really killed my love for this period. It was just nonstop. I needed a well-deserved break from it. It lasted for a few months, but I started to miss it. Victorian literature is My Thing. Jane Eyre kickstarted my relationship with Vic lit, so I was hoping it would do it again.

It did, to some degree, but I’m not completely there yet.

Nevertheless, I loved my re-read. I love how Charlotte Brontë tells a story. Jane is a brilliant character; she defies the expectations of a Victorian woman and does so unashamedly. My favourite part of the book, as always, is reading about her and Rochester’s relationship. The final 50 pages? B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.

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Priority Reads |Fall Edition:


Three and a half months to go before we hit 2020 and there are still so many books I want to read. I thought if I wrote them down, told somebody I was going to read them, then I would have to finish them. I’m trying to hold myself accountable here. As usual, I’m a big mood reader. I don’t like setting myself TBRs of such – I could say I want to read  A Game of Thrones in November but not feel like it when the time comes. I do, however, like to tailor my reading to fit with the seasons. The books I’ve chosen for my end-of-the-year TBR are spooky, whimsical and dark. They’re perfect for the coming months.

I’m saving the English Heritage’s Eight Ghosts specifically for Halloween night, or the lead up to it, considering I’m in work on the actual night. It’s a collection of eight spooky stories written by multiple authors, including Jeanette Winterson and Sarah Perry, who wrote a piece inspired by their chosen English Heritage site. If you’ve been round here a while, you’ll probably of seen me moan about how short stories are unsatisfying, etc., but I’m giving this the benefit of the doubt. I’m going in with an open mind. I love Gothic tales, and sometimes they work better as short stories, so I’m hoping to like this one.

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November Reading Wrap-up:


Thank God November is drawing to an end. I’ve spent the month writing two essays, and I’m dying for a break (although I can’t really have a break as I have 6 essays due in January). It hasn’t been the most successful reading month for me; I’ve started books and put them down, I’ve read at a snail’s pace, and I haven’t been in much of a reading mood lately. Nevertheless, I’ve finished my semester one reading, and can hopefully squeeze some books of my own choosing in December.

Anyway, let’s get into the wrap-up. As usual, I will review most of the following books (if they’re highlighted then you can go ahead and read them, and if they’re not then you’ll have to wait for them – sorry!):

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