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Reading Update #2:


These past two weeks have been a little hectic…

I’ve been working a lot. I’m in my day job basically everyday for the next two weeks; I had to take some time of last week to do a last minute work experience placement at UCLan Publishing. I had such a ball! I worked on manuscripts, wrote press releases, scheduled social media posts and completed some market research! As with most of my publishing experience, I want to write a lil post about it, so expect that some point this week!

Busy schedule means very little time for reading, unfortunately. I’ve also been in such a weird reading mood. I didn’t want to read at all, but, because I don’t do anything else with my spare time, it was the only thing to do. At one point, I had started three books, but wasn’t getting through any of them.

In the past two weeks, I have managed to read three books and have also started another two.

First up was Rena Rossner’s  The Sisters of the Winter Wood. Liba and Laya live a very sheltered life, but when their parents travel to visit a dying relative, their world soon changes. They discover they can transform into a bear and a swan. Can this strange ability protect them from the mysterious band of men who visit their village? This book is heavily inspired by Jewish mythology, Slavic folklore and Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’.

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#Victober 2019 TBR:


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.


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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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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