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Favourite University Reads:

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Fast forward three years and at least one hundred books, and I’ve finally finished my undergraduate degree. Although, I am not entirely finished with university just yet. This September, I’ll be moving to the Uni of Liverpool to study a Masters in Victorian Literature (so expect some posts about my reading lists soon).

Although my undergrad degree is finished and done with, I still can’t stop talking about it. Today, as inspired by Ashleigh’s post, I wanted to discuss the handful of books that I really enjoyed. Here are my favourite four reads…

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Favourite Books of 2017

Firstly, I want to start by saying I hope you all had a lovely Christmas (or holiday) and I hope your New Year is equally as wonderful!!

As we are only one day away from the New Year, I thought it would only be fitting to write a post about my favourite books of 2017. Surprisingly, I’ve had a really good reading year. I managed to get through 82 books (so far, there is still a few good hours before the year is out!!) and I started to read more poetry and plays.

Goodreads told me my average rating for this year was 3.1 stars, so these books must have been really special to get a 4 or 5 from me. They are in no particular order (as I really couldn’t decide which was my favourite), so I hope you enjoy!

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Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness:

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Please be aware this contains spoilers, read at your own risk.

Radclyffe Hall’s 1928 novel, The Well of Loneliness, follows the story of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman from an upper-class family. Growing up, Stephen is just like any other pre-war aristocratic child; she fences, rides horses and is a keen scholar. But from an early age, it’s clear she doesn’t conform to social conventions of femininity; she wears trousers, longs to cut her hair short, and doesn’t take interest in male suitors. Not only that, but she’s a lesbian. Forced to leave her home, she travels to Paris to escape the rigid social rules of England and her mother. When the war breaks out, Stephen becomes a hero, serving as an ambulance driver and saving many lives on the battlefield. She goes on to be a bestseller, and transforms into a strong and protective woman.

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