As you might have noticed, blog posts have been coming less regularly than normal recently… There are a tonne of reasons as to why but, most importantly, I remembered that this blog is meant to be fun, something I enjoy doing in my spare time, and so I’m not going to force myself to create consistent content when I’m not in the right mindset. I do have other priorities – a lot of them at the moment to be honest – but, trust me, whenever I do get the time and I am feeling up to it, I’ll be straight back on here. Like now.


So, since I’ve been less present, I thought I would catch you up with where I am with my reading! I’ve managed to get through quite a few novels and poems since my last update (linked below), with some of them being thoroughly enjoyable and others? Not so much. Again, like last time, the majority – if not all – of the below are books are ones I have had to read for university purposes. Fourth year is proving to be difficult, and both the assignment and reading list hefty, and so I am desperate to pick up a book of my own choosing as soon as possible. For now, though…


Here’s my ‘Autumn Reads’ post if you missed it:


And here comes the list of my Winter reads, all with their own direct links to a website which can offer you a further synopsis and reviews…



Teju Cole, Open City (2011)

My rating: 2/5



Ben Lerner, 10:04 (2014)

My rating: 4/5



George Gissing, New Grub Street (1891)

My rating: 2.5/5



Benjamin Markovits, You Don’t Have to Live Like This (2015)

My rating: 2.5/5



Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891)

My rating: 4/5



Dana Spiotta, Innocents and Others (2016)

My rating: 5/5



That’s the novels!

Now for some plays:


Arthur Wing Pinero, The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith (1895)

My rating: 2.5/5



Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband (1895)

My rating: 4.5/5



And also some poetry:


George Meredith, Modern Love (1862)

My rating: 3/5


William Morris, ‘The Defence of Guenevere’

My rating: 4.5/5




Have you read any of these? Tell me your thoughts, and whether you agree or disagree with my ratings!

I can also do a single, in-depth review of one book in particular if you’d like to see that!



Rachael Xo



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