Book Love

At one time, I was a voracious reader. I’d read three books a week, just devouring them at bed time and on my commute. Nowadays, I rarely read a book before bed, instead caught up in emails and twitter and the like. But recently, I’ve been trying to rekindle (no pun intended) my love of reading.

I am a total nerd when it comes to books about the Tudor period. I think I’ve read every single one of Philippa Gregory’s historical novels, along with plenty more about that era. I have a few more of Alison Weir’s to get through and I’m currently ploughing my way through Wolf Hall, though I don’t like it much. I know pretty much every single breath that was taken during Henry VIII’s reign but I still find it fascinating.

I’m also really into reading anything, fact or fiction, about the Victorians. I find it really mindblowing that in 100 years, the world changed so much and that was a really pivotal time, especially in social history. If I had gone to university and done a degree, which I never have, I’d probably have done it on a topic related to the Victorians.

Another type of book I love to read is a good travelogue, especially ones that are also funny – e.g. Round Ireland With A Fridge and anything by Tim Moore. They’re especially good holiday reads, I find.

The book I finished most recently is The Unlikely Pilgramage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.


I don’t know why I picked it up – I didn’t like the look of the cover but something about it made me buy it on a whim in Sainsburys. I enjoyed it quite a lot, the ending was unexpected and I found it quite an emotional read.

I still have Wolf Hall to finish – I’ve been reading it for over 6 months now. I can’t not finish it but it’s really boring. And then I have Bring Up The Bodies, the sequel to read. But I think I need a break from those Tudors, so if anyone has any lighter suggestions, let me have em!

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15 thoughts on “Book Love

  1. If you like historical things I’d suggest Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende – it’s set during the 1700’s in Santo Domingo and it’s both fascinating (historically) and really well written, definitely an enjoyable read. It’s not a period (or place) that I’ve read a lot about but I really, really enjoyed it! I could sit and recommend books all day long (in fact I actually do that quite a lot on my blog) but this was a recent read that I’m really trying to force on everyone! x

  2. I, too, love reading about the Tudors and the Victorian period. I am a voracious writer of the Victorian period and even in my contemporary novels I somehow manage to squeeze in things influenced by the Victorian period.

  3. I loved Harold Fry – it was an unexpected hit here – I described it as ‘nice’ which sounds really weak in hindsight but it genuinely is a nice read, in my opinion anyway!
    Wolf Hall took me bloody ages and although bits were fantastic others dragged – I’m dragging my feet when it comes to starting Bringing up the Bodies!

  4. Have you read anything by Sarah Waters? I think you’d enjoy Fingersmith, which is set in ye olden days, but is a real page-turner with it – it had me gasping aloud on the bus numerous times. Or any of her books really – they’re all great, but Fingersmith is definitely my favourite of the Victorian era ones.

    I just read Song Of Achilles recently. It was amazing – a big, sexy Greek romp and so easy to get through. I’ve been recommending it to everyone lately.

    I really liked Wolf Hall, but it did take me a long while to get into. I was fairly ignorant of the details of the Tudor era though, so I couldn’t work out who was who for a long time. I still haven’t quite summoned the brain power for the sequel…

    I’ve never read any Philippa Gregory, but always look at them in charity shops when I’m in the mood for a historical fix. Any of hers you’d particularly recommend as a good starting point?

    I just woke up from an afternoon nap. I think it shows…

  5. Harold Fry is on my ‘to read’ list! I also found Wolf Hall utterly tedious. I have a rule about leaving boring books unfinished though – if I don’t like it two chapters in, I stop. Life is too short for boring books?

  6. This BEDM has been great; I’ve found so many great book ideas. And I too am so fascinated with the Victorian era for the exact same reasons; such amazing changes in such a short space of time. I haven’t read many books set in that time, though.

  7. I still bear the emotional scars of getting through Wolf Hall. I HATED that book. Hated it hated it hated it. I’ve been told Bring Up The Bodies isn’ as irritating but I don’t think I have the mental resilience to put that to the test!

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