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February Reading Wrap-Up:

I’ve been super busy in February, hence the lack of posts (I’m really sorry, OK). I’ve been at work pretty much every day as I head to Krakow next week and Belfast the week after. I did manage to get quite a bit of reading done, though, so let’s chat about that.


Here’s all the nine books I read this month:

– The Binding by Bridget Collins / 4.5 stars

– A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin / 4.5 stars

– The Foundling by Stacey Halls / 4 stars

– Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg / 4 stars

– The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins / 0 stars

– And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou / 0 stars

– No One is Too Small to make a Difference by Greta Thunberg / 3 stars

– A Storm of Swords: Part One by George R.R Martin / 4 stars

– The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker / 2 stars

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#Victober 2019 TBR:

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I’ve fallen out of love with Victorian literature recently. I haven’t touched a classic in months. They just don’t interest me anymore. And I can only blame my Masters.

I was reading Victorian lit constantly, either the original versions or modern takes on them. I studied them *so* intensely for a year. I couldn’t escape it. Reading classics started to feel like a chore, rather than something I turned to for pleasure.

I desperately want that to change. I miss reading Victorian literature. It means so much to me. #Victober has come at the perfect time. I’m hoping it’ll give my head a wobble and make me realise why I took a Masters degree in such a specific period in literature.

#Victober is a month-long celebration of literature written between 1837 to 1901. It can be fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, newspapers or magazine. The hosts have set their own challenges, and there’ll be a huge read along of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and A Woman of No Importance. Each host has set their own challenges but I won’t be prioritising these. I want to rediscover my love for Victorian literature, and whittling down my TBR to very specific challenges probably won’t help with that. If you want to find out more about the challenges though, here are the announcement videos: Katie | Lucy | Ange | Kate.


JANE EYRE BY CHARLOTTE BRONTË:

This will be my fourth time reading Jane Eyre – my favourite book. I’ve been meaning to re-read all of the Brontë novels and annotate them; so far, I’ve only managed Wuthering Heights, but I’ve got Jane Eyre and Shirley up next. Jane Eyre is the reason I fell in love with Victorian literature, so I’m hoping it’ll knock some sense into me. This completes Ange’s and Kate’s challenges!

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