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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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How to be a Victorian:


As the Victorian world slips away at the end of our day, I am more aware than ever of how much remains hidden from our eyes, and of how brief and transitory any such exploration as this can be

Rating: 4.5 stars

Read: 5 January – 10 January, 2019

I remember stumbling across Ruth Goodman’s How to be a Victorian at Speke Hall, Liverpool. My mum enthusiastically shouted my name across the shop to draw my attention. I knew, there and then, that I’d have to read this, so I treated myself to it for my birthday. I’ve only just found time to squeeze it in around my uni schedule. I wish I read this sooner.

It’s a delightful tour through the intimate details of life in Victorian England, told by the historian Ruth Goodman who, for a year, actually lived as a Victorian on a farm. It starts with dawn and ends with dusk. It spans the average day of a Victorian, including the most minute details of every class and every gender. It talks about bathing, dressing, working, travel, leisure, food, and sex

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