• A slightly different photo for my @fairyloot unboxing but I just loved this shot🙊
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As I mentioned there’s a full unboxing of the May Unlikely Romances box up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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All the creators and artists have also been tagged in this photo📸
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I finished My Dark Vanessa too last night oh my god what a book. I loved it. •
Today I’m starting Great Expectations and going to try to get through some of that before I spend the evening with my favourite watching Netflix 💕
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  • I left a piece of my heart in Brighton😍
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And Little Hampton, Arundel and we already knew we loved Bristol.
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There’s a rather long post up about the little road trip around the South @sam_g_oldham and I did at the end of May💕
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So many wonderful places, great memories and lovely photos.
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  • Today I spent far too much money on things for upcoming holidays😂
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I’ve lost count of the amount of linen midi dresses I now own🙈
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The rest of the night is being spent in joggers having laptop time. I desperately need to catch up on my reviews!
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Speaking of there’s a review of Song of Sorrow by @melindasalisbury on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Also anyone else struggling with hay fever super bad atm?🤧
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  • Throwback to this brilliant event at Manchester Deansgate Waterstones.
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My interview with @stdennard has just gone up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It was an honour and a joy to interview Sooz. I’ve loved her books for years 😍
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📸: @coffeeeyesandblankstares
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  • A night of relaxation is just what I need👏🏻
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Then tomorrow we’re watching The Act. I’ve been wanting to see it since I saw the first trailer. Based on the true case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard.
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I definitely think I’ll be using one of these masks tonight. There’s a little post about them up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Small self appreciation post because yes, I made this cheesecake.
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And yes it was glorious😍
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And yes I managed to use every bowl in the house making it....a talent someone else I know has 🙊💕
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  • I would much rather be getting ready for another lovely meal out with my favourite💕
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Instead I have a night of life admin and tidying oh joy😂
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I have however started Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta and oh my god it’s amazing.
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There’s a little post up The Royal Oak restaurant and the last time Sam and my family went💕
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  • I have spent all day behind my laptop catching up and getting ahead on all the things I’ve needed to post!
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Then tonight I get to have a Netflix night with my favourite person💕
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Speaking of posting I’ve got a little one up about my new favourite Tapas place - @elgatonegrotapas
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I’m still dreaming about their Jamon Croqettas🤤
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  • We found the most amazing graffiti in Bristol, this was definitely my favourite😍
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Its a lovely little place with a load of great bars and restaurants. This time we also found a food festival and spent a while sat on the edge of the river bank with a cocktail💕
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Highly recommend!
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Wish I was there now though the lie in I had this morning was pretty amazing😂
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  • I’m just over 150 pages into The Star-Touched Queen and what an amazing book😍
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I read some wonderful things in May and a full wrap up of my reading is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Now back to my book and snuggling under my blanket👏🏻
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  • Wish I was still in London getting ready to go watch Hamilton 😭
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At least I get to go back there with my favourite person soon💕
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Recommendations for places to eat and things to do more than welcome🙊
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Adult Fiction Books Reviews

Looking Backwards by Edward Bellamy

October 22, 2018

Another one on the every growing, or at least it seems it is, Uni reading.

However, I enjoyed this decidedly more than Utopia. Looking Backwards follows Julian West, a very rich and well off man who was alive in the mid 1800's. Arguably, his darkest secret was his inability to sleep, insomnia so severe that only via hypnosis could he sleep. The worst happens and whilst he is in his bunker under the influence of the sleep hypnosis, the house burns down and his faithful servant is unable to wake him having been killed in the fire. Flash forward to the year 2000 where Julian finds himself awoken by Dr. Leete. The man now living in his household.

This novel was again, very dense. Many of the Utopian novels read more like manifestos than novels. But I did enjoy the plot of this one. I found the use of sleep as a means to jump time so clever. In displacing Julian from his time Bellamy was able to use him as a perspective through which the failings of his own time could be explicitly put down on paper but without the repercussions should he have merely criticised anything without this guise. Many of the ideas put forth in Looking Backward were very innovative, my favourite being how everyone had access to music. Think radio but a very archaic version.

In general I found this novel enjoyable, I liked the characters but it was still a bit of a difficult read.

 

INFO

Name: Looking Backwards

Author(s): Edward Bellamy

Publisher: Oxford World Classics

Pages: 220

ISBN: 978-0-19-955257-3

Rating: 3/5

Have you read Looking Backward?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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