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2018 Reading Challenge | Did I Manage It?

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As with most book readers, I told myself that I would finally get round to reading those books that have been sitting on my self for years. So, way back last December, I wrote a post about all the books I wanted to tick off my list in 2018. I thought it’d be interesting to trace my reading over the last year and see whether I actually managed to read them, or if I failed miserably.

Out of 113 books of 2018 (so far), did I manage to read those eight books I picked out? Well, let’s see…


First, I wanted to finish reading all of Jane Austen’s completed and published works. I had already read Pride and PrejudiceNorthanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility before 2018, so I was left with EmmaPersuasion and Mansfield Park. I am ashamed to say that I only read two of them. I am yet to conquer Mansfield Park. I worry it’ll be a story that I don’t enjoy. For some reason, I have my reservations about it. I will, however, get to it in the new year. I loved Persuasion, it quickly came to be one of my favourite Austen novels, but I was a little disappointed with Emma.

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July Reading Wrap-up:

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July has been and gone, and with it comes my reading wrap-up. Around this month’s reading, I have managed to squeeze in graduating from LJMU with a First Class Honours in English, and accepting my offer to study a Masters in Victorian Literature at the Uni of Liverpool! A crazy, albeit small, whirlwind of a month.

This month I’ve managed to read 11 books. I made it my mission this month to read the books that have been gathering dust on my shelf for years. As usual, there will be a review for most of the following books (and they’ll be linked in blue or green if they’re already published). Enjoy!

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Jane Austen’s Emma:

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Spoiler free | Rating: 2.5 stars | Read: 10 July – 15 July, 2018

‘If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more’


Picture this: on a dull December day I swore I would read the remaining three Austen novels that are sitting on my shelf. Fast forward seven months and I’m down two. Persuasion got ticked off in January, and July saw me struggle through Emma. What’s next, you ask? Well, Mansfield Park… I’m coming for you.

The titular character, Emma Woodhouse, is a rich, charming and spoilt girl. She is adamant on remaining a spinster, but that doesn’t mean to say she can’t find partners for her friends. ‘Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, leads her into complications that test her own detachment from the world of romance’ (Vintage Classics).

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