Sunday, 14 December 2014

Library Love, Longbourn, Stone Mattress, Virginia Woolf in Manhattan, Chole Tells you how to Sew.

Library Love, Longbourn, Stone Mattress, Virginia Woolf in Manhattan, Chole Tells you how to Sew.  Book reviews.

This month I've been reading, 

Longbourn - Jo Baker
I LOVED this book soo much.  The action takes place in the Bennett household during the same time frame as Pride and Prejudice, but focusing on the experiences of the servants.  It follows the storyline of P & P in the background (which, as a big Jane Austen geek I really liked) but the main focus is on the servants lives, especially as a handsome and mysterious new footman joins the household.

Stone Mattress - Margaret Atwood
This wasn't my favourite Margaret Atwood book, but I think her writing style is so gorgeous I don't think it really matters too much what subject she writes about!  There are 9 short stories in this book, I found some of them quite disturbing, but I think that was the point.

Virginia Woolf in Manhattan - Maggie Gee
I liked the premise of this book, but I found it dragged on a bit, I think it could have easily lost 100 pages and been the better for it.  I liked the three main characters, especially the daughter and I liked imagining what would happen if other famous authors suddenly rematerialised in the modern world. 

Chloe Tells you how to Sew - Chloe Owens
This book is soo pretty, it's lovely to look at.  There are only a couple of projects I would actually want to make, and I think the child's magazine annual style makes it more suitable for children than adults, but it's cute all the same.

What have you been reading?


  1. I just did my first book review! My reading mostly consists of science for class but I do sneak in the good read now and again... The book Longbourn looks like a book I'd love!
    Tammy x

    1. I'm trying to work out if your Miss Peregrine book looks too creepy for me, I can't read things that will give me a nightmare! Longbourn was excellent, I still think about it now which I think is a sign of a truly good book!

  2. I'm ridiculously obsessed by Longbourn, and extol its virtues far and wide. I just think it's so cleverly plotted - I love what she adds to the Pride & Prejudice canon and I ADORED the central romance.

    1. Oh and me, so good, I'm going to re-read it in the new year I think!


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