I had never read a book by Anne Brontë before and considering how much the Brontë sisters novels I have read (Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë) I definitely thought I should read one by Anne as well. I had been looking to buy my first book in the beautiful clothbound Penguin Hardcover Classics versions, and I decided to pick The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall as that title.
Before reading the novel, I was aware that The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall is viewed as one of the first feminist novels and that back when it was published, it was considered extremely scandalous for its times. I’m a staunch feminist myself and I was intrigued by the idea that the novel had a female protagonist who made life choices that would have been seen as unseemly to read about in her era. Ultimately, I was not disappointed by the novel, though I didn’t like it as much as the other two I’ve read by Emily and Charlotte Brontë.
Read my review of The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall below and don’t forget to let me know what you thought of it if you’ve read it yourself.
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I’m a little obsessed with anything Alaska related, which is pretty weird because unfortunately I haven’t had the time to visit Alaska yet. It’s definitely up towards the top of my bucket list. I’m probably so fascinated by Alaska because I’m by nature a lover of cold weather – which is kind of unfortunate since I live in sunny California. There’s something that attracts me too in the wilderness of Alaska – how, certainly compared to other U.S. states and to Los Angeles, where I live, it’s much less tamed by human development.
I’m an entertainment researcher and I therefore watch a ton of TV content for work. Many of my favorite ‘reality’ shows are set in Alaska. These shows have nothing to do with other reality fare like The Kardashians or Real Housewives. They typically show people living in close contact with nature and battling the wild Alaskan frontier. Some examples of my favorite TV shows set in Alaska are Deadliest Catch, Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet, Alaska: The Last Frontier and Alaska: State Troopers. Part of me wants to leave civilization behind and learn how to fish my own salmon and subsist on the land (it’s my phobia of insects and my love of creature comforts that stops me).
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I picked up an edition of The Woman In White in Italian while I was home visiting my family in Milan earlier this year. It may be a weird choice to read it in my native language since it’s a British novel, but I’m trying to make sure I read consistently in Italian to keep up my proficiency now that I’ve been living abroad for over a decade.
I read it during lunchtime throughout the Spring and I found it to be the perfect novel to consume in small chunks, which makes sense because it was originally published in serialized chapters in Charles Dickens’ magazine All The Year Round in the U.K. and Harper’s Weekly in the U.S. Read my review below.
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One thing you may not know about me is that I’m pretty terrified of flying. I was in a minor plane incident as a teenager. I was on a return flight with my family from my first time on vacation in the United States. A few hours off the coast of Spain, our plane started falling out of nowhere. It felt like the plane was dragging us down with it and lasted way longer than any turbulence I had ever felt.
Once we hit air again and the plane stopped falling, one of the stewards went on the intercom and yelled at people to get back in their seats. Everyone was screaming and panicking, and later we found out some of the stewards and stewardesses had been moderately hurt during the fall. We were able to continue to Milan relatively normally, though a few of the injured flight attendants had to be taken away from the plane in ambulances once we touched down. Needless to say I’m a little anxious about flying nowadays – I’m very picky about airlines and typically medicate to make sure I’m not in a terror.
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As I’ve revealed before in my Medical Memoir booklist, I read a lot of nonfiction written on scientific topics. In the last several years there has been an influx of excellent books written on complex scientific topics like the history of DNA or the history of computer science.
Despite the complexity of the topics they cover, these titles shine for their ability to turn advanced scientific information into accessible and engaging narratives for all readers. All 8 of these titles succeed in bringing important scientific topics to the public, while remaining captivating and engrossing reads.
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