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2019: A Year of Re-Reading


I don’t usually re-read books.

I’m one of those people who get stressed out by the idea that there are *so* many books I want to read but time is a thing and I find new books to add to my TBR every other day. So, instead of re-reading books, I just read new ones.

But I want that to change this year. I’ve been really pretty down in the dumps recently and I thought: what better way to cheer myself up than by re-reading old favourites?

They’re favourites for a reason: they make me happy. I need them now more than ever. So, 2019 is officially my year of re-reads. I’ve already started on a few, but I’ve got a lot I want to get to. To make sure it happens, because, knowing me, I’ll probably get distracted by new books, I thought I’d write a post. It kinda means I have to do it then.

Let’s get to it…

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February Reading Wrap-Up:


February, ah, what a crap month. Feelings are all over the place. But I managed to get Some Stuff Read and that’s what I’m here to talk about today.

I finished my Masters reading list, which also means I’ve finished with reading lists for good. I never have to read something for a seminar or lecture again. I would say I’m sad about that but I’m not. I hate my Masters. I’m fed up of uni. It’s quite the relief. Anyway, as always, I will have a review for most of the following – if it’s up already it’ll be linked.


Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Second Mrs Tanqueray | 1 star:

A controversial but successful play that reveals the fate of a “notorious woman”, the second Mrs Tanqueray, in Victorian England. That’s all there is too it, I’m afraid.

It was really quite boring, to be honest. Yes, it was an interesting look at how fallen women were treated in late Victorian society, but there isn’t much more that I can say about this play. It was quite dull and boring. No liveliness to it at all. Maybe a live production of it would be more compelling.

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Revisiting the Brontës: Wuthering Heights


Apparently, 2019 is the Year of Re-Reads for me. There are a lot of books I plan to revist this year – a dedicated post will shortly follow – and the Brontës are at the top of my list. I finished reading their novels in the summer of 2017. I miss them. A lot. As I’m studying Emily’s Wuthering Heights into two weeks time, I thought now would be the perfect time to start this journey again!

So, I’ve already reviewed Wuthering Heights, as well as all the other Brontë novels (I actually have a page dedicated to my Brontë posts, so maybe have a gander when you’re free), so this will be more a discussion than anything else.

I specifically wanted to annotate my book during this re-read. I previously annotated the Wordsworth Classics edition but I was reckless back then: neon highlighters and rough handwriting. It isn’t pretty. I want a matching set with thoughtful comments, neat underlining and the occasional heart next to my favourite passages. So, long story short, I bought the Penguin Classics edition as the paper is quite thick (so the pen doesn’t seep through) and the margins are quite large, allowing me room to write all my thoughts down.

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