Thursday, 2 October 2014

September Reads!

Hello y'all! This post should more appropriately be called my September Read, rather than reads, plural,  as I only managed to read one book this month! I was in a bit of a reading slump at the beginning of the month and University reading has gradually been taking up all of my reading time! I'm trying to organise my time more effectively so I can do all the things I love (read, play skyrim, eat food, sleep) as well as study for University.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell - 5/5 stars 
North and South was the only book I read this month, and despite the disappointing feat of only reading one book, I'm glad that it was this one. North and South is a classic, written in 1855 and follows Margaret Hale, as she moves from the south of England to the north, and how this move impacts on her life, those around her and changes her views and opinions. The novel is set during the Industrial Revolution at the time when the north was particularity industrial, with an abundance of factories and the emerging middle class, which I found so interesting to read. One of my favourite things about classics is the way it's possible to learn about the cultural and historical climate of a particular time period and this is definitely a novel that really portrays how things were changing so drastically in the 19th century. Gaskell explores problems with industrial capitalisation and relationships in society between workers and factory owners from a nineteenth century perspective which is really riveting to read. North and South is such a well crafted novel and a wonderful combination of Literature and History!

After finishing North and South, I started Emma by Jane Austen, and I've gotten about 100 pages in, however I'm not the biggest Jane Austen fan, so I've taken a break from that book and returned to my reading slump. I'm really excited about reading Heir of Fire so I'm thinking I will start it as soon as possible to hopefully get back into the reading rhythm, yay!

What did you guys read this month!? 

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