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January Reading Wrap-Up:

Considering how terrible some reading months were terrible in 2019, we’re off to a good start in 2020. I’ve managed to kick my reading slump and get through eight books! I started some series I’ve been putting off, I’ve read a lot of non-fiction and I got through some of my most anticipated paperback releases of the year…


Here’s what I read in January 2020:

Victoria the Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird / 5 stars

–  The Furies by Katie Lowe / 4 stars

–  The Commmunist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels /  3.5 stars

–  Things in Jars by Jess Kidd / 3.5 stars

–  The Odd Women by George Gissing / 5 stars

–  A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin / 4 stars

–  Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver / 2 stars

– The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold / 5 stars

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August Reading Wrap-Up 2019:

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I’ll keep the introduction short. Here’s what I read in August and how I thought about them!


ILL WILL BY MICHAEL STEWART | 1 STAR:

Heathcliff has left Wuthering Heights and is travelling to Liverpool in search of his past. Along the way, he saves Emily, the foul-mouthed daughter of a Highwayman, and the pair journey on together. Roaming from graveyard to graveyard, making a living from Emily’s apparent ability to commune with the dead, the pair lie, cheat and scheme their way across the North of England.

The great thing about Wuthering Heights is the many silences. Writers can fill these gaps with any story they wish to tell. Sometimes, though, I wish these silences would be left alone. I hated the way Heathcliff was characterised, I felt the race narrative wasn’t done appropriately or sensitively, and the misogynistic undertones was strong in this one. I *really* didn’t like this one!


‘THE WITHERED ARM” BY THOMAS HARDY | 1 STAR:

A jealous lover’s curse and an ingenious party trick feature in these two suspenseful stories set in Hardy’s imaginary Wessex.

I listened to this one via audiobook. I wasn’t that fussed by this story, though. Short stories don’t really do it for me, anyways, and Hardy is very hit or miss. I was a little confused throughout.

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April Reading Wrap-Up:

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I guess I should start by saying: I’m sorry.

Not to be dramatic or owt, but April was a tough month for me. I didn’t find pleasure from the things that often comfort me. I couldn’t read or write. I was drowning in university work (I still am). I finally decided to cut someone out of my life who once meant the world to me, but had only started to see me as a thing to use when and as he pleased. But I am much happier now, and I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts on the books I read last month.

As I mentioned, I didn’t really want to read, so I only managed to get through three books, but that’s better than nothing, right?

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