2020 was an odd year for reading. I usually read on average a book or two a week. This year I went through phases were I didn’t read for ages then I read five books in a week. So I thought I’d share a few of my favourites from the past twelve months.
They are in no particular order. (Well, technically I’ve put them in alphabetical order)
A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau
Demons Do It Better by Louisa Masters
Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera
Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspooon
The Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series by Kerry Greenwood – No lie, I read the entire series about three times this year.
My guilty pleasures often include reading a lot of Regency Romances and watching period films such as Persuasion and The Golden Bowl, or TV mini-series like, Downton Abbey and The Tudors. I love the glitz and glamour of it all. I do also enjoy injecting my pleasures with small doses of reality every once in a while.
Historical romances whether in written form or film all tend to gild the lily on what life was really like in whatever time period they are representing. It’s enjoyable, but gives us a rose-tinted view of what history was truly like.
My hubby and I recently watched a fascinating BBC mini-series from 2001 called The Manor House. They took a family along with twelve other volunteers and moved them into an estate house for a three month experiment where they all had to live as Edwardians. From clothing to food to everything, it all centered around them living life as it was in the early 1900s.
The family became nouveau riche, titled and waited on hand and foot. The other twelve volunteers became their servants from butler down to scullery maid. It was a true glimpse at what life in a Downton Abbey style home would be like. And it was nothing like the TV show.
It was fascinating to watch modern minds struggle with life in the 1900s. The upstairs folk, naturally, handled it better. The downstairs servants struggled with the inequality of it all. I found it really intriguing to watch.
Three months really gave them long enough to truly immerse themselves into the roles they were playing.
It’s definitely worth watching if you’re at all interested in period films/romances.
1. The Creation of Anne Boleyn – Fascinating. Not my favourite Anne Boleyn book, but I enjoyed parts of it. What I didn’t care for is how the book seemed to be an endless complaint about other Tudor historical authors. It got to be a bit annoying and turned me off of the book.
2. Make Mine a Ranger – sexy military men? What can I say, my weakness. Great book, might have to read the others in the series.
3. Cotswolds Memoir – I added this one because I’m going to be working on Judy & Carl at some point, and I think that’s where they’re going to go.