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November Reading Wrap-up:

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Thank God November is drawing to an end. I’ve spent the month writing two essays, and I’m dying for a break (although I can’t really have a break as I have 6 essays due in January). It hasn’t been the most successful reading month for me; I’ve started books and put them down, I’ve read at a snail’s pace, and I haven’t been in much of a reading mood lately. Nevertheless, I’ve finished my semester one reading, and can hopefully squeeze some books of my own choosing in December.

Anyway, let’s get into the wrap-up. As usual, I will review most of the following books (if they’re highlighted then you can go ahead and read them, and if they’re not then you’ll have to wait for them – sorry!):

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Richard Marsh’s The Beetle:

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“Take my advice, don’t appreciate any man too highly. In the book of every man’s life there is a page which he would wish to keep turned down.”

Rating: 2.5 stars

Read: 10 November – 17 November, 2018


Did you know that The Beetle was published the same year as Dracula? Did you know that it actually outsold the famous vampire tale? Well, it did. Yet no one’s heard of Richard Marsh’s famous story before.  The story goes a little something like this:

Eminent politician Paul Lessingham is known for his cool, fearless demeanour. But he has not reckoned with ‘the Beetle’: a creature from the depths of ancient Egypt, neither human nor insect, bent on revenge for crimes committed against the disciples of a centuries-old cult, and wholly without mercy.

I was surprised by this one. It seems strange to me that a Victorian author could write something so unorthodox. If you compare it to Middlemarch or Great Expectations, for example, you have something so unconventional. It’s such a jump from realism. To contextualise this story, without giving away any spoilers, it reminded me a lot of The Mummy. Think of a Victorian writer doing that – you can’t, can you? It doesn’t seem possible.

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#VICTOBER2018 TBR:

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#Victober is back, and for the first time ever I’m able to join in!

It’s quite convenient really; I’m studying for an Masters in Victorian Lit, so not only can I conquer some of my reading list, but I can also discover new books from my favourite period!

The aim of #Victober is to read some Victorian literature; that’s all. It’s a month that celebrates all forms of writing from 1837 to 1901. It can be fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, newspapers or magazine, whatever you wish. The hosts have set their own challenges, and there’ll be a huge read along of Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters throughout the month. Due to semester one reading, I won’t be able to complete all the challenges. If you want to find out more about the challenges though, here are the announcement videos: Katie | Lucy | Ange | Kate.

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