December Wrap Up

Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England by Sharon Marcus – 4 stars I read this as research for my Feminist Theory paper. It was a great read that combined history and literary studies to explore the various relationships between women in the 19th-century. I learned a lot, and it was incredibly helpful for my paper.

The Ballerinas by Rachel Kapelke-Dale – 4 stars This character-driven story of three women in the Paris Opera Ballet was engaging and wonderfully written. The only problem I had was with the ending. Full Review

Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire – 4 stars Once again, another great addition to the Wayward Children series. We get to follow Cora once again and see the other school for wayward children, Whitethorn Institute. Full Review

These Violent Delights by Micah Nemerever – 5 stars My absolute favorite book of the year. This dark academia novel is beautifully written and has wonderful, complex characters. I’m in love with it. Full Review

The Diaries of Hannah Cullwick, Victorian Maidservant by Hannah Cullwick and edited by Liz Stanley – 4 stars The fact that we have these diaries is so amazing and incredibly important since there are very few first-person accounts of working class life in the Victorian era. Stanley provides a good selection to paint a full picture of Cullwick’s life, and I found it fascinating.

The Latinist by Mark Prins – 4 stars This book follows Tessa, a doctoral student at Oxford, as she finds out her supervisor has sabotaged her job search with a bad letter of recommendation. It was engaging and deals with some of the major issues in academia, but I did want a little more from the ending. Full Review

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