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November Reading Wrap-up:


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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Laura Purcell’s The Silent Companions:




‘You could not explain fear; you could only feel it, roaring through the silence and striking your heart still’

Rating: 4 stars

Read: 5 November, 2018 – 9 November, 2018


As usual, I’m a little late to the party. I’ve only just got round to reading Laura Purcell’s beloved novel, The Silent Companions. It received instant and widespread critical acclaim when published, and was chosen as the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. I can definitely see why now that I’ve read it. It’s the tale of Elsie Bainbridge who is sent to her late husband’s crumbling country estate to see out her pregnancy. It isn’t an ordinary house, though, oh no. For inside her new home lies mysterious wooden figures – the Silent Companions – who bear resemblance to likes of Elise and her dead husband…

First off, I have to say, this was bloody brilliant. I don’t tend to enjoy spooky tales – they fail to scare me and often become predictable. Not this, though. I found the story genuinely interesting, and the spookiness wasn’t overdone. It was just right. Purcell had the discomfort of a scary story, an interesting plot and a beautiful writing style. I couldn’t get enough of it, so much so that I’m desperate to get my hands on Purcell’s new novel, The Corset, but I’m holding back until the paperback is released (who else hates hardbacks?).

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Autumn TBR:



Do you mean a season specifically designed for reading?

There’s a notable shift in the air, a constant rustling sound of leaves outside your window, and a sea of orange, red and brown covering the floor. It’s Autumn; the best time for settling down with a book whilst the candles flicker and the smell of gingerbread surrounds you.

Although I have a reading list to conquer and, no doubt, a ton of essays to write, I’m adamant on making time for some seasonal reads. Here are some books I’m dying to read in the next few months:

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