Books I read this week

7 Mar

I’m so terrible at keeping up with this meme!

What are you reading now?

I just finished Linda Colley’s Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837, recommended by applegnat, today. Very interesting! It does feel like the sort of book I should’ve read before now. /o\ Colley’s basic thesis is that Britain built its identity on distinguishing itself from various Others — most of all Catholic France. Reading this shed a lot of light on e.g. why Lucy Snowe is such a jerk about Catholics in Villette.

What did you just finish reading?

High Society by Venetia Murray. It’s basically a book about the kind of historical detail you’d want to know if you were writing a Regency romance. Most interesting for its mention of the book from which Georgette Heyer most probably drew all her bizarre Regency slang, contemporary bestseller Real Life in London by Pierce Egan.

What do you expect to read next?

I’ve got five more library books to work my way through, so I’ll probably read one of them. Probably Captives by Linda Colley, because I enjoyed Britons so much.

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