what i’ve been reading this week.

So like, literally nothing.


Hi friends! Today’s post is slightly spontaneous! I was going to publish my third episode in the ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐“๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐›๐ฅ๐จ๐  ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ that I’ve been doing but I underestimated how much time I would need to write it, so instead today’s post is just going to be a little chit chat where I talk about what I’ve been reading this week.

Sorry!

So this week has been so strange in terms of my reading?? I currently have three books going right now, two are classics and one is a random historical fantasy that I decided to pick up. But the problem is that I keep turning to fanfiction for some quick serotonin and then not picking up any of the books that I’m actually reading. It’s a problem!

I watched Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness last week, and everytime I consume anything by Marvel, I turn to Marvel fanfiction and I literally cannot stop. That’s not to say that I am not loving what I’m reading, I am! But my brain needs quick and easy, not dense and big brain energy.

The three books I am reading (when I decide to pick them up) are ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ถ๐’๐’… ๐‘ช๐’–๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’๐’‘ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’†๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’”, ๐‘ด๐’Š๐’…๐’…๐’๐’†๐’Ž๐’‚๐’“๐’„๐’‰ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’† ๐‘ฌ๐’๐’Š๐’๐’• and ๐‘ฑ๐’๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’ ๐‘บ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’† & ๐‘ด๐’“ ๐‘ต๐’๐’“๐’“๐’†๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘บ๐’–๐’”๐’‚๐’๐’๐’‚ ๐‘ช๐’๐’‚๐’“๐’Œ๐’†. All are pretty hefty books, over 500 pages. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ถ๐’๐’… ๐‘ช๐’–๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’๐’‘ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’†๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’” is the next book for the ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’” or ๐‘ป๐’๐’๐’”๐’•๐’๐’š bookclub hosted by *emmie* and CarolynMarieReads. I’ve been taking part in this bookclub for the past year and I do love it! I love working through ๐‘ป๐’๐’๐’”๐’•๐’๐’š’s and ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’”’ works, I find it so fascinating to track the trends in their writing and how they develop over time. ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’”’ early works, however, I am not having the best of luck with. My favourite ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’” book is stil ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’—๐’Š๐’… ๐‘ช๐’๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’‡๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’… and I read that a few years ago prior to this bookclub.

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ถ๐’๐’… ๐‘ช๐’–๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’๐’‘ is fine. I’m only 100 pages into it so I’m hoping that my feelings change! It reminds me slightly of ๐‘ถ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ป๐’˜๐’Š๐’”๐’•, in that we have a child character named Nell and she just has such a trying time. I think I was spoiled about the ending of her character and if that’s the truth, then what is the point of this entire book?! ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’”’ writing is fine – the more melancholy he is, the more beautiful the writing so there is that!


๐‘ด๐’Š๐’…๐’…๐’๐’†๐’Ž๐’‚๐’“๐’„๐’‰ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’† ๐‘ฌ๐’๐’Š๐’๐’• is honestly one of the best classics I have ever read. Even though it is taking me far longer than I anticipated to read it, every time I decide to pick it up I am immediately immersed in the lives of these different people.

I have to say that Dorothea is my absolute favourite character. I love her. She is just such a complex and wonderful character to follow – she is flawed and makes so many mistakes but I love her character and the way that she slowly grows into herself and realises that she deserves more. Let’s not talk about Casaubon because I’m hoping that that motherfucker dies a slow and painful death. HE IS THE BEST CHARACTER TO HATE!!! I am only 360ish pages in, so please don’t spoil anything! I haven’t been spoiled at all and I don’t know how I have maintained that!

But yes, I adore this novel and it will most likely become one of my favourite classics of all time – possibly in my top 3. Should I do a blog post about my favourite classics? Let me know!


The last book that I’m slowly making my way through is ๐‘ฑ๐’๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’ ๐‘บ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’† & ๐‘ด๐’“ ๐‘ต๐’๐’“๐’“๐’†๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘บ๐’–๐’”๐’‚๐’๐’๐’‚ ๐‘ช๐’๐’‚๐’“๐’Œ๐’†. I randomly decided to pick this up and I still don’t quite know why. I read๐‘ท๐’Š๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’†๐’”๐’Š ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘บ๐’–๐’”๐’‚๐’๐’๐’‚ ๐‘ช๐’๐’‚๐’“๐’Œ๐’† in 2021 and loved it. I found it to be one of the most unique stories I had read, especially in the way that it was written. Truly, it was fascinating! I spent most of the book trying to figure out what the fuck was going on. Amazing!

๐‘ฑ๐’๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’ ๐‘บ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’† & ๐‘ด๐’“ ๐‘ต๐’๐’“๐’“๐’†๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘บ๐’–๐’”๐’‚๐’๐’๐’‚ ๐‘ช๐’๐’‚๐’“๐’Œ๐’†’s debut, I believe, and her writing is beautiful, immersive and incredibly engaging. I’m literally only 50 pages in, so I haven’t really read much in terms of how the story is developing or how the characters are going to grow. All I know is that I am captivated enough to continue on reading this 1000+ page book.

I can’t even tell you what this book is about? Because I don’t yet quite know. There are british magicians, but the practice of magic has died out (and is also seen as inferior?) where most ‘magicians’ are actually scholars of magic. There are elements of elitism and classim tied into how magic and the study and practice of it is spoken about which is incredibly interesting, but I’ve only just been introduced to Mr Norrell so I AM EXCITED.


And that’s it! I apologise for not having a super interesting post for you all today!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day! What are you reading this weekend?

Until next time, happy reading!

All the love,

allie

xx


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๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ช๐“ฐ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ถ

๐“ฐ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ญ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ญ๐“ผ

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2 thoughts on “what i’ve been reading this week.

  1. I think I’ve tried to read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell like….four times and can never get into it. By all accounts, it should be something I love! I think it’s just too dense for me. Hopefully, you have more luck!

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    1. omg i have to admit it is taking me so much slower to read! so i completely understand how you feel. i can only read like 50 pages at a time because its so dense!!! xxxx

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