Four lesser known awesome literary Mothers

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I recently realised how few Mothers with great characters could be found in literature. Two of my fellow English Literature graduates and I compiled a list of eight awesome Mothers which was about all we could think of, and I posted about four of them last week.

These next four are not as well known. Have you heard of them?

The five books I’m taking on holiday (I can’t wait!)

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After finally getting through my epic pile of books – and a good few more along the way – I found that I was approaching my holiday with nothing to read! Oh no! Cue a trip to get hold of some exciting books to accompany my travels… here’s what I’m reading and why I’m excited!

Confession: I’m seven books in and still HOOKED on Poldark.

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We follow the story of Ross and Demelza Poldark, their friends, family and enemies through marriages, deaths, children, disaster, war, politics tragedy and love set in Cornwall divided by class systems and poverty and further threatened by the French revolution.

So the BBC made me start reading Poldark. And book one was pretty good. But since then… I’ve read very little else! Partly because I was terribly bored by the other book I was reading but largely because the books are just BRILLIANT!! I’m just finished book seven, and don’t know how long I’ll be able to resist downloading number eight to the kindle. Here are some reasons I think it’s brilliant:

My top five new books of 2015 so far

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We’re quarter of the way through the year, which I’m sure means I can do my top five books of the year so far! The year started great for me books wise, with me reading quite a few that I completely LOVED – but then took a dip with a few that I wasn’t that impressed by.

So most of these are from the beginning of the year – here’s the list!

Okay I read this because of the TV but it was great: Ross Poldark by Winston Graham.

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Ross Poldark returns from fighting in America to native Cornwall to find the woman he loved engaged to his cousin. Trying to contain his anguish and anger, he gets on with transforming his family home and starting to build a life for himself again. With disdain for his cousins’ finery and a love for the common man he helps various people around him – including Demelza, a girl beaten by a gang of boys. His actions have consequences he could never have foreseen …

But you knew all that, right? Surely like me you have picked up enough information about the BBC version without even watching it to know that much? My readers stubbornness forced me to read the books first (read more here) but I am now embarking on the series, safe in the knowledge that I have read the book first. And the book? It was good. Not crazy or exciting or thrilling, but really good. It had the feel more of a real chronicle of someone’s life than of a story with beginning, middle, end, etc, but it did that really well!

Book-lover problems – how the BBC forced me to read Poldark

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BBC’s new adaptation of Poldark has been getting great reviews. And I really like that sort of thing. So obviously I’d watch it…

EXCEPT! How could I possibly watch it without having read it first? Somewhat reluctantly I bought the first book for kindle, and embarked upon a journey. It was pretty good, and the review is coming soon – but I’m amazed that I let a TV show force me into reading something!

I never thought I’d need a reading break!

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Last week, after the disappointment of Smiler’s Fair and after having read a fair few books at the same time, I suddenly found myself loath to open another cover.

HOW STRANGE! I really, really love reading and it has always been one of the best ways for me to relax and unwind. At university I was usually reading three novels a week to keep up with lectures etc – and it was brilliant!