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Non-Fiction November | Recommendations:


I’m not actually participating in Non-Fiction November – I have very little non-fiction on my shelves here in Liverpool – but I wanted to get involved nonetheless. I’ve read quite a lot of non-fiction in the past couple of years, and have stumbled across a couple of new favourites, so I wanted to share them with you.

Now, I must say, these are either Victorian-themed or war-themed. I’m not very diverse in my non-fiction reading. I’m set in my ways, so I’d really appreciate it if you dropped some recommendations yourself in the comments. I’m always on the look out for new books!

Let’s start with the Victorian non-fiction…

First is Ruth Goodman’s How to be a Victorian, which is an excellent study of how the Victorians went through life, from waking up to going to work to falling asleep. Goodman looks at all their rituals, traditions and pastimes. There’s so much enthusiasm and warmth to the book that you can’t but get caught up in Goodman’s passion for the Victorians. It was such a pleasant read.

It wouldn’t be me with mentioning the Brontës now, would it?

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Favourite Books of 2018:


Let me start by saying that I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! Mine was filled with family time, chocolate cake and lots of books! As it’s drawing to the end of the year, I thought we could discuss my favourite books of 2018. I’ve had a fantastic reading year. As of today, I’ve read 117 books and will surely finish my current read by tomorrow. I’m hoping to squeeze in a couple of Penguin’s Little Black Classics to take my total up to 120, but we’ll see…

Goodreads has kindly summarised my reading year for me. I’ve read 34,409 pages across 117 books (excluding my current read). Jane Austen’s ‘The History of England’ was my shortest book (16 pages), and Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell was my longest (1,005 pages). My most popular book was Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and my least popular was Favourite Poems of the Countryside edited by Samuel Carr. My first read of the year was Jane Austen’s Persuasion and my last was Sophie Mackintosh’s The Water Cure.

Most importantly, my average rating was 3.3 stars, so the following books must have been good! Let’s get into it…

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Favourite Books of 2018 (so far):


I don’t like to be one of those people but how are we halfway through the year already? It doesn’t feel like two seconds ago that I was eating my body weight in Christmas dinner, and opening the bundle of bookish presents gifted to me. Similarly, it doesn’t feel like two seconds ago that I was tucked up in a mountain of blankets, protecting myself from the cold March snow.

So to distract myself from the disgusting hot weather, I’m going to discuss my top five favourite reads of 2018 so far. I’ve managed to read 62 books this year – I don’t know how, but nonetheless it happened. Although the books mentioned didn’t necessarily blow me away, these were my favourite reads of the past six months


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