Everything I’ve Been Reading This Month (And What Book I Loved)

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It’s not even the end of November, and here I am with this post! I was determined to get this post up and not find myself in the middle of December realising I hadn’t done it.

This month I have been really into historical fiction- which is a genre I’ve overlooked in the past thinking ‘That’s not for me’ but alas, it seems I found my particular sub genre that I do enjoy- fiction centred on the less fortunate, as opposed to the likes of Bridgerton and other titles focusing on the upper echelons of society which do not appeal to me at all.

Perhaps there is a lesson here- sometimes its worth re-evaluating what you think you do and don’t like, you might find that it’s changed (or not, I remain firmly committed to my dislike of crime/thriller novels)

Withour further ado, here is what I’ve been reading!

The Bookshop on the Corner- Jenny Colgan

If you like heartwarming stories, you can’t go wrong with Jenny Colgan and this book is no exception. Nina has been made redundant from her job as a Librarian, her roommate is sick to death of the piles and piles of books in their tiny flat and want’s her to get rid of them, or get out- and with the closure of libraries throughout the country, Nina’s chances of getting another job look slim. Then Nina has an idea that will solve both her problems- She’s going to set up a travelling bookshop in an old van, and she’s going to do it in Scotland! If you like grumpy x sunshine, forced proximity and glorious descriptions of the Scottish countryside- this is for you.

The Wartime Bookshop- Lesley Eames

This was my gateway book to historical fiction, even though it’s told from multiple perspectives (another one of my dislikes) I thoroughly enjoyed it. Alice and her father have just moved to the country from London following his retirement as a Doctor. He feels they will be safer in the county, as WW2 is just beginning at the start of this book. Alice is recovering from an injury to her hand which has left her unable to find work. Keen to occupy her time, she offers to volunteer at the local hospital reading to injured soldiers looking to escape the sheer boredom of a long recovery in hospital. Alice realises that more needs to be done, and with the assistance of Kate, a poorly treated farm hand, and Naomi, the wealthiest yet loneliest woman in the village, she sets out to bring the community together by starting a bookshop that will benefit everyone and provide a much needed distraction from the War.

The Christmas Rose- Dilly Court

This was by FAR my favourite book this month. Our heroine Rose arrives in London from Australia after a long trip (The year is 1882, so it would have taken weeks!) on a promise that her would-be fiancee will meet her at the Docks and they will start a life together. Alas, he doesn’t show and Rose is alone and destitute in a city she knows very little about. Not one to give up, she befriends some other unfortunate souls who give her shelter for the night, and little by little her circumstances improve to create a life she could never have imagined, and a newfound love for her independance.

Sleigh Rides and Sleigh Bells at the Christmas Fair- Heidi Swain

In stark contrast to The Christmas Rose, this was my least favourite read this month which was surprising, as I’ve read other books by Swain and enjoyed them. This story is centred on Anna- obsessed with being seen as professional at all times, never staying anywhere for more than a few months and taking any position that means she must work Christmas Day, to avoid acknowledging it or celebrating it. Anna for me is deeply unlikeable- the frequent descriptions of her designer clothes (Who on Earth turns up to a job in the country wearing a pair of Monolos???) obsession with calorie counting and jogging to burn them off, and her general demeanour were all frustrating for me. Even as the story reveals why she has such disdain for the season, I just couldnt get behind her, or the story.

The Victorian Orphans Series- Hope Dawson

I got an offer on Instagram for 2 months free Kindle Unlimited, and this is the series I found to start my subscription. The Courtesan’s Maid is the first book, followed by The Slum Angel and An English Governess in Paris. Each book takes a character from the previous book, and each story expands on the others. The Courtesan’s Maid is the story of Bess- a street urchin who is adopted by an Actress, and goes from living on the streets to having a place to call her own, food in her belly and beautiful gowns. However, when her mistress is murdered and Bess is framed for it, her fortunes once again turn the tide and she finds herself in dire straits, until help arrives in the form of her mistress’s nephew.

That’s everything I read, how about you? Have you begun your festive reading yet? Let me know in the comments!

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