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Friday Reads 09/10 (The Super Late Edition!)

And it's time for another Friday Reads! On a Sunday... someone get their blog schedule muddled and so this is going up a little bit late. This weekend my reading has consisted of mainly trying to get up to date with university readings. Here's what I'll be having a crack at:

The Life and Death of Harriett Frean - May Sinclair
This is for my Modernism module and it's a bit of a weird one. It follows Harriett, a Victorian woman 'who is so scared of life that she will eventually talk herself out of living it'. It doesn't sound particularly cheery, but as Sinclair's last remaining novel in print, it could be an interesting read. I also find it particularly interesting as it's a modernist novel looking back on a time that Modernism supposedly rejects. 

Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
So there was going to be some Shakey at some point. I've never read Antony and Cleopatra and I really quite excited about it. It's one of Shakespeare's tragedies and it has some very intriguing theories and research attached to it. I'm also a big fan of the historical element, being the Classical History enthusiast that I am. This is for my Renaissance module. 

The Coquette - Hannah Webster Foster
Finally, something that is a bit unknown. The Coquette is an early American epistolary novel from 1797. It was originally published anonymously, finally revealed to be by Webster Foster in 1856. A best-selling novel of its time, it's a fictionalised account of a socialite's untimely death after giving birth to a still-born. Again, not the happiest of reads, but something that sounds intriguing all the same. I'm really excited about my early American module and this is one of my most anticipated assigned readings. 

What are you reading this weekend? Give me recs!

Friday Reads 25/09

Today we're talking about what I'm going to be reading over the coming weekend! I do apologise for the unimaginative photo but this week I've been extremely busy with events for both Freshers' Week and Trident Media; so it'll have to do!

Visitation - Jenny Erpenbeck
First on the list is some German translated fiction. I really want to branch out in terms of my German fiction reading which, so far, seems quite androcentric. Therefore, I have compiled a list of Frauen that I wish to read. Erpenbeck is my first foray. Translated by Susan Bernofsky, Visitation sounds super creepy and perfect for the upcoming autumn/winter season. The blurb describes it as 'an exquisitely crafted, stealthily chilling story of a house and its inhabitants, and of a country and its ghosts.' Yes please.

Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
I've owned this one for a good while and frankly, I have no idea why I haven't read it yet. Rebecca is an absolute classic within a gothic Cornwall setting. It's really popular in the book review community and I'm itching to read it. As you can see from the above, I'm in the 'chilling reads' mood, so it's been added to the list. I'm hoping for more gothic Jane Eyre feels.

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
And the university reading starts creeping in... I'm going to be reading The Hound of the Baskervilles for one of my modules and so - to stay true to publishing order - I would like to read this one first. Unfortunately I'm not a massive fan of the shorter Sherlock stories, so I'll probably be listening to this one on audiobook in the car. I find the audiobooks easier to listen to, they're free, and they're over quick! I'm hoping that this collection will be better than The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, that I didn't really enjoy.

Have you read any of these?