My September To-Be-Read List

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This TBR list is going to be focusing on Victorian novels in preparation for my MA because I know that by reading anything Victorian its likely to help me prepare. Victorian literature is my favourite period anyway, hence why I have chosen to study it, so I am excited to read novels that I have … Continue reading My September To-Be-Read List

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848): ‘I maintain that if she were more perfect, she would be less interesting’.

(Trigger warning: emotional/mental abuse).   Anne Brontë’s second and final novel challenges the conditions of the rigid Victorian marriage system. The first and last parts of the novel are narrated by Gilbert Markham via the letters he is sending a friend relating to the mysterious Helen Graham who has just moved into their quiet village. … Continue reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848): ‘I maintain that if she were more perfect, she would be less interesting’.

Shirley (1849): ‘I’ll borrow of imagination what reality cannot give me’.

Charlotte Brontë’s longest and second published novel tells the story of Caroline Helstone, who is in love with her cousin and mill owner, Robert Moore. Of course, it also tells the story of the free-spirited Shirley, Caroline’s opposite in many ways, and her love for Robert’s brother and her tutor – Louis Moore. The story … Continue reading Shirley (1849): ‘I’ll borrow of imagination what reality cannot give me’.

‘I wish to be enlightened’: Thomas Hardy Novels I’ve Been Reading

Throughout the month of July I read an awful lot of Thomas Hardy! Hardy is one of my absolute favourite writers, and I knew I just had to read more from him in order to make myself more aware of the scope of his writing and also just because I enjoy it so much. I … Continue reading ‘I wish to be enlightened’: Thomas Hardy Novels I’ve Been Reading