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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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Non-Fiction November | Recommendations:


I’m not actually participating in Non-Fiction November – I have very little non-fiction on my shelves here in Liverpool – but I wanted to get involved nonetheless. I’ve read quite a lot of non-fiction in the past couple of years, and have stumbled across a couple of new favourites, so I wanted to share them with you.

Now, I must say, these are either Victorian-themed or war-themed. I’m not very diverse in my non-fiction reading. I’m set in my ways, so I’d really appreciate it if you dropped some recommendations yourself in the comments. I’m always on the look out for new books!

Let’s start with the Victorian non-fiction…

First is Ruth Goodman’s How to be a Victorian, which is an excellent study of how the Victorians went through life, from waking up to going to work to falling asleep. Goodman looks at all their rituals, traditions and pastimes. There’s so much enthusiasm and warmth to the book that you can’t but get caught up in Goodman’s passion for the Victorians. It was such a pleasant read.

It wouldn’t be me with mentioning the Brontës now, would it?

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January Reading Wrap-up:


…so, January didn’t last that long, did it? I mean, most of my month was taken up with writing, editing and submitting my essays. Nevertheless, I did manage to read ten books, which is quite a shocker. Many are short, many are plays, but a few of them are quite chunky books, so I think it’s been a decent reading month.

As usual, I will have a review for *most* of the following. Those already published will be linked (in green or blue, depending on where you’re reading this), and the rest will follow next month. Let’s get into it…

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas | 3.5 stars:

Book 3.1 in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I think Maas’s intention was to provide full closure to Rhys and Feyre’s story. It was completely unnecessary, let me tell you, but it was also a fun and light read.

I always find myself drawn into Maas’s writing – her books are always so entertaining to read. I know she’s pretty problematic – and continues to be so – but I like to get lost in the complex and compelling worlds she creates. I love Feyre and Rhys, so I liked having this closure. It had zero plot, though, for those of you who like plot-based books!

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