Book Brief #2

Last week, I made a trip to Russell Square to visit London’s largest second-hand bookstore, Skoob Books. As I walked down the stairs, into a basement filled with books, I felt right at home. Bookshelves were lined with all of the genres. From sci-fi to music, it was all there. I bought some books and have started to dive in.

I realise it has been a while since I have written a “book brief”. I thought I would catch you up on what I’m reading, what I finished, and something that’s on my to-read list.

Currently reading: Shirley by Charlotte Brontë

I actually haven’t started reading this book yet – it is on top of my pile for me to read next. I actually have never read a book or a piece by either of the Brontë sisters (gasp). I thought now would be the best time! It may seem weird that I’m not starting with the famous Jane Eyre, but I want to try something different. I picked up this copy from Skoob Books, so it already has some character.

Finished reading: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

Another book I bought from Skoob and it turned out to be a real delight. This novel was Gaskell’s last living piece, so the book somewhat ends abruptly. Despite that, I thought this was a great book. I got a lot of ‘Downton Abbey’ vibes from it with the drama and the period. I’ll admit, I did skip some pages in the beginning – a lot about the feudal system and extra information I didn’t feel was too vital to the book. As a reader, you kind of already knew what was going to happen throughout the book, but I did find it charming in itself. I think this is a good book if you’re wanting to dip your toes in an older, victorian novel.

What I want to read next: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

I’m waiting for this book to come out in paperback, so it isn’t so expensive! I have heard a lot of good things about this book. It is a dystopian sci-fi novel, centering around a robot. It is Ishiguro’s first novel since winning the Nobel Prize. I am really looking forward to reading it!

Happy reading!

xx Hannah

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