I have zero self control, although I did hold back from ordering $35 worth of books to earn free shipping 😜The other three books were already in my cart...so I thought, why not?!?!
If you go #calling in Victorian #london for a call-girl, you might meet our fabulous protagonist Sugar who knows all the ways of wooing. This book shows you behind the scenes and all is not as it seems!
And while we‘re at it - I LOVE The Clash. Probably my favourite band of all time. 😍
It‘s #aharddaysnight when you‘re a lady of the night. Sugar is a young lady in Victorian London who is determined to rise in society above her current station as a prostitute in a brothel. This was a stellar 5 star read for me and ranks as one of my favorite books ever. #anglophileapril
Immersive historical fiction, wonderful character driven novel.
First book finished, and close to 5 hours of reading done 💪 #24in48
Still as wonderful as the first time I read it! This counts as my #RemindsYouofaFavoritePlace, which is London. I bought this book in 2016 while on my literary pilgrimage of UK, and read it during the trip. So many memories connected to this great read ❤️
I DNF this one. I‘m not sure I even got 100 pages in before I was just done. Not sure if I will give it another shot or not.
Even though I have 3 books #waiting to be finished, and 24 books #waiting to be read, I have been eyeing this book for the last couple of days. I might have to do a reread very soon. It could even work for #RemindsYouOfYourHappyPlace for #Booked2019. Decisions, decisions 🤔😄
This is one of my favorite books ever. It's about a nineteen-year-old girl, Sugar, who is a brothel worker in 1870s London. After meeting William Rackham, she begins an improbable ascent though the strata of Victorian society. This is a remarkable book that is Dickensian in scope and tells one the richest stories I've had the privilege of reading. Yes, it could be used as a doorstop (clocking in at ~900 pages), but it reads quite quickly.
And here I go again unable to decide what to read so I start two of the longest books in my collection at the same time. I'm really enjoying this though, the narration is so interesting how it directly addresses the reader and almost makes them a character. I'm loving it so far.
If you‘re going to spend a few days and 830 odd pages in a book, then I can wish for no better character to accompany you than Michael Faber‘s Sugar. Above image is from the TV miniseries (unseen by me), but Sugar looks just the way I pictured her! This novel takes you from the stinking slums to the perfumed drawing rooms of 19th century London and never averts it‘s eyes. But it‘s the characters that keep you rapidly turning pages. A definite pick
Look what just arrived @Cinfhen 😂😂😂 it‘s a biggie!
A prostitute who wants to take revenge on all the men, who have treated her and all women badly. She does this by making a rich guy fall in love with her, and then makes her way deeper and deeper into his life. Need I say more about, why I picked this for #IllMakeYouSorry?
And yes, I probably should shut up about this book, but I won‘t till you all read it, so there‘s that 🙃😉
William Rackham sure thinks highly of himself and Sugar, his favorite London prostitute, is an expert at playing along and never letting on that she believes him to be a #stupidman. These two might have my all time favorite unconventional relationship... masterfully written!!
Finally picked up the book again managed to finish it this am. I don‘t know what to say...The ending was horrid!
All of the books I bought at a book sale yesterday for 10 cents each! They are also clean, in good condition and no broken spines in sight! 🙌🏻
I‘m really interested in the Crimson Petal and the White; it sounds excellent from the blurb and I may need to put it at the top of my historical fiction tbr.
Agnes Rackham dreams of angels, #heaven, and what she calls “The Convent of Health”. She is definitely delusional, and very naïve, about many things, but she is also one of my favourite characters from this gorgeous book ?
I didn‘t join 24 in 48 due to starting this book couple days ago and it is not for a light reading. I picked it up again around midnight and I‘m halfway through as of 4 am. Remember, it has 894 pages and I intend to finish it today!
Thanks to everyone who helped me decide which #chunkster to read next! These two tied with 9 votes each and so I had to make the decision myself... which took me 5 days 😆 but based on my mood, I‘m going in on the tagged book and am super excited based on all of your rave reviews!!
This book is all about the #LadyMadonna/whore trope. William Rackham is married to his innocent, and a little bit crazy wife, Agnes, but she doesn‘t really do it for him. He is bored and restless. Until he meets Sugar, a not so innocent prostitute. And then William spends the rest of the book trying to figure out who he wants. Decisions, decisions 🤔
Another day another journey. This time I got to be home for exactly 24 hours before leaving again. On the plus side: I get a lot of reading done. 😊 🚂🚃🚃🚃
This sometimes happens in Finland; the conductor just announced that they have found a Second World war bomb under the train station I'm travelling to (they were making renovations and found it by accident). This means that before I get out of this train and before any of this area's trains get to move anywhere they need to move the bomb away. This is what we mean by bomb threats in Finland. Just my luck. 😂😂😂😂
A change of book and some Easter chocolate. I have had this book on my Sony reader for ages and I'm feeling like now is the time to continue with it. Still couple of hours of train ride left before arriving to the destination. 😊📚
Sugar is definitely working longer than #9to5 - She‘s a “working” girl, and she works hard to get the things she wants. Even if it means working through the night and writing on her novel by day. While at the same time ensnaring rich guys to make her lige a bit easier.
Of course I had to pick this for the #crimson prompt today. This is a story about Sugar, a prostitute in Victorian (Edwardian?) England, and how she tries to change her situation. It is historical fiction at its finest, and I were hooked all the way through 👌
This is still my favourite Faber book, and I have so many good memories connected to it.
Unexpected #bookmail part 2!
My fantastic pen pal, @Born.A.Reader sent me all of this awesomeness, and said I didn‘t have to wait for Christmas, so heck yes, I opened them. 😃
Thank you so much, Jenn! I haven‘t even been a good pen pal the last couple of months, and you are too kind! ❤️❤️
This book has been described as Dickensian, and it certainly has the feeling, although it doesn‘t really have the same Victorian morality. Sugar is a fascinating character, as a woman trying to make her way in a male-dominated world. And the other characters are equally interesting and eye-catching.
I bought this in my favorite bookshop in Edinburgh, and the copy happened to be a signed one!
Finished this book on a plane. Combination of audiobook and traditional book. I think I liked it! Some interesting characters. Great writing. I definitely have to think about it some more. I‘m not sure I understand everything. This will forever be my first cross stitch and read book. Might have been the best part of the book!
Up next.....I've been carrying this heavy book everywhere the last few days. Hope it is worth it!
I was tagged by @ForeverNerdy to give my #top10authorrecommendation. This was hard! There are so many I enjoy. For today, though, here‘s my list. It‘s a few old favorites and some more recent ones I‘ve enjoyed. I‘m not sure who‘s been tagged already or not, so sorry if I tag you below and you‘ve already done this. 😊 #10authorrecommendations
Totalling in at 845 pages the crimson petal and the white is a tidal wave of scrumptious detail and biting criticism. It begins with a teasing, omniscient narrator leading us through the streets of London pointing out the depravity which so often is left unsaid in many Victorian novels. The writing is astounding and immense detail saturates every page. Yet, it is the interwoven Victorian tropes such as the mad wife that make this novel.