Mansfield Park – Jane Austen: Review & Recommend | CLASSICS CATCHUPS

I recently read Mansfield Park by Jane Austen as a buddy read with my good friend Amy @ Read Dream Live, and I have to admit, it wasn’t what I expected. I’ve read Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility, and never have I encountered such a dull Austen heroine! Nor have I actually ever encountered an Austen side character quite so dull as Fanny.

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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’Farrell: Review & Recommend | ELLIE LOVES

TW: rape (non-explicit), death of infant, abuse of psychiatric patients.

Maggie O’Farrell was the name on everyone in the literary world’s lips last year, thanks to her novel Hamnet. However, until I received The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox in Hachette’s Feminist Book Box, I hadn’t ever heard of it. I was intrigued by it as soon as I received it, and it spent an impressively short amount of time waiting on my TBR compared to most other books that I have!

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The Time Machine – HG Wells: Review & Recommend | CLASSICS CATCHUPS

Welcome back! Today, I’m reviewing The Time Machine by HG Wells, a classic for sure! This one had been on my TBR for a long time, and I have a feeling that at some point I’d read the first section, as it seemed pretty familiar. I’m not sure when that was, or if I imagined it though. I chose this for my June TBR (and then ended up reading most of it in July…) because, well, it had been on my TBR far too long, and I have a lovely Norton Critical Edition.

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Mid-Year Reading Check-In Tag

It’s that time of year again! Half the year down, so it’s time for the Mid-Year Reading Check-In Tag! This tag is commonly known under a different name (I’m sure you’re familiar with it), but I’ve seen a few people talking about how the term used in the common name is offensive to the neurodivergent community, so I’ve retitled the tag with a name that I hope both accurately reflects its content, and is non-offensive to all marginalised groups. I did this tag last year on my blog, so I’m saying I tagged myself, as I’ve not seen many people participating in it so far this year! Maybe everyone’s posts are still on the way. Anyway, here we go!

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