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I’ve Changed My Mind…

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Imagine: you’ve read a book and immediately disliked it or maybe you loved it. But a week, or a month, or a year down the line, you realise you were totally wrong about it.

Well, same.

Today, I want to talk about re-evaluating books. Those books you now view completely different, whether that be a newfound appreciation or a blossoming hatred for them. With me, I tend to acknowledge their value a little too late. It could be four years down the line (not uncommon) and I’ll suddenly realise it’s a really great book, despite having disliked it at first. Either that or I pressure myself into enjoying a book because everyone else is loving it. It’s not until later I realise it totally wasn’t my style and didn’t warrant a high rating from me.

It’s these types of books I want to discuss today!


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March Reading Wrap-up:

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Hello, and welcome back to another monthly wrap-up. In March, I managed to read 9 books whilst trying not to have a breakdown over uni and my current life situation. I’m feeling much better, though!

Unfortunately, I don’t have any reviews for the following books. But, as always, you can check out my Goodreads page, where I always write a lil mini review when I finish a book! Let’s get into the wrap-up…


THE LANCASHIRE WITCHES | 3 STARS:

William Harrison Ainsworth‘s The Lancashire Witches is a hefty book that writes on the Pendle witches. It’s quite a messy book, in terms of plot, with summoning of devils, selling souls, witchcraft, burning at the stake, and all that fun stuff. King James I even makes an appearance.

I didn’t enjoy this as much as I would have liked. You know me, I love witches, especially the Pendle witches – I’m from Lancashire after all. But, my god, was this overly drawn out. Ainsworth likes to waffle – a lot. It could have been edited, with unnecessary chapters cut out. I did, however, enjoy how Ainsworth engaged with witchy stereotypes. He went all out, with cauldrons, brooms, familiars, and anything else you can imagine.

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December Reading Wrap-Up:

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I read a lot in December. It’s called procrastination. At it’s finest. Instead of working on my essays, I read. It’s fine (I say in a Ross Geller high pitch voice). Let’s not talk about essays. I’m currently in the midst of submitting them. I haven’t felt fresh air on my skin since Sunday. I’m fine.

I’m keeping these short and sweet because, erm, well, there’s a lot of books. You can check out my Goodreads page if you want to know more on my thoughts! As usual, if I have a review up, it’ll be linked!

Here’s what I read in December:


Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy | 3 stars:

My final semester one book – it wasn’t even required reading, I decided to write an essay on it, so extra work for me. Arguably Hardy’s most scandalous novel, Jude tries to break down contemporary perceptions of marriage and education.

I thought this was quite… average. Hardy’s writing is a weird one for me. It’s either really good, or it’s so dramatic that it becomes ridiculous. I thought the start was very strong – I love how savage Hardy is – but the last few chapters just blew it for me. I wanted to throw the book across the room because. so. stupid.

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