Holiday Reading Wrap Up – Fiction

A Secret Garden – Katie Fforde
I can’t say I particularly enjoyed this one, I’ve read a few Katie Fforde’s and while none of them are blow your mind literature some of the ones I’ve read are excellent escapism. But I have to say I was disappointed with this one, the character development was minimal and I didn’t really care what happened to any of them. Plus if you’re going to call a book “A Secret Garden” then you need to actually have a secret garden..

A Curious Beginning – Deanna Raybourn

I am a massive fan of Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia series so I was probably going into this with high expectations. I enjoyed it, the characters were brilliant but the plot was just a bit meh. There is a second book of this series out and I’ve not decided yet whether to pick it up. I think I’ll get my sister to read this one and see what she thinks (coming at you Becky!)

Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

I wish I wish I wish I had read this book before I saw Muppet Treasure Island. I just couldn’t take this seriously and everything was in the voice of Kermit the Frog! It’s a really good story and I thoroughly enjoyed it despite the muppetification of it!

Tess of the D’urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

I’m so glad I had seen the film of this book before starting it. I read the bulk of this on the plane home so if I hadn’t been prepared for the sheer depressiveness of this book it might have seriously dragged me down. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this much but I actually really enjoyed it.


This was a weird one, when I was reading it I wasn’t particularly interested but when I wasn’t reading it I just wanted to get back to it and I’ve thought about it a tonne since. It’s pretty trippy and almost dreamlike but at the same time I could totally see this happening. I think it’s the first “hystopia” I’ve ever read and I would definitely read more.


Miss Perigine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransome Riggs

I’d already seen the film of this book and loved it so I was really looking forward to reading this and it did not disappoint. I really enjoyed getting into this world and I can’t wait to get stuck into the other books in this series.

The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

I didn’t dislike The Turn of the Screw but I didn’t particularly enjoy it either. I’m not big on ghost stories but while this definitely had supernatural stuff going on it wasn’t scary. All in all it felt a bit like not very much happening to some really boring people..

At the end of my copy of “The Turn of the Screw” there were three short stories also by Henry James..

The Romance of Certain Old Clothes – 4 stars

The Friends of the Friends – 2 stars

The Jolly Corner – 2 stars


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