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I Bought More Books…

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I may have accidentally took a two week break from blogging – I’m sorry. I’ve been super busy with uni recently. I have a presentation next week on my dissertation and my second round of practice essays snuck up on me. I’m stressed.

…and I’ve become one of those stress buyers. You know, when you’re feeling really on edge, like you could scream at someone, so you turn your attention to Amazon, or Waterstones, or any other bookish shop near you. Yeah, that’s me.

I’ve collected quite a few books recently. I won’t share all of them, because that would be ridiculous, but I wanted to talk about the ones I’m most excited for. Hope that’s okay. Let’s get into it…

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The Reader | Shared Reading Groups

fkfo2119-e1541508527410.jpgI’ve been searching for work experience in publishing for a solid two years now. I’ve gotten no where. I can’t afford to travel and live in London for one/two weeks, and most publishing companies in the North are too ‘small’ to offer anything ‘meaningful’ (what does that even mean?). It’s a frustrating situation to be in. But, by networking with people in Liverpool, I found The Reader. I wanted to share the amazing things they do for people through the power of reading, and wanted to encourage you to volunteer or drop in on one of their sessions.

The Reader was founded in 2008, and it pioneered the use of ‘shared reading to improve well-being, reduce social isolation and build resilience in diverse communities across the UK’. They inspire and support people to read great literature aloud and together. They work with children, people in recovery, prisoners, dementia patients, people with mental and physical conditions, and many more. Essentially, they want to create and bring together a community of people through the love of reading.

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Re-Reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles:

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Tess of the d’Urbervilles was my first introduction to Thomas Hardy; it was my first introduction to the county of Wessex; and it was the first book, in a long time, that truly captivated me. I was asked to re-read it for my Realism seminar this week (today actually at 5pm). At first, I was hesitant. Would I like it as much as the first time? What if my perception of it wasn’t really accurate? I was scared of the answers.

…but, in the end, I’m glad that I did re-visit it.

I will admit that I didn’t like it as much as the first time. I think it was the perfect book for me in that particular moment, and I can no longer relate to April 2017 me. However, it’s still a fantastic book that I wanted to discuss today. Stuck in a difficult financial position, the Durbeyfield family send Tess, their daughter, to claim kin with the rich d’Urberville family. She travels to a rural mansion in Trantridge, hoping the family can eliminate their poverty, but it takes a turn for the worse. It’s here she meets her cousin, Alec, who is conceited and entitled. And it’s here the novel takes a darker turn…

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