Letter to Benj

Letter to Benj

Dear Benj,

It’s been a while, I know, I’ve been reading though. I swear! Have you?

I finished two books this week: Claudian’s Keys by Krystal-Ann Melbourne and Lady Susan by Jane Austen. A few weeks ago, I finished Peaky Blinders by Hourly History.

Check out Hourly History, you’d really like it. The books are supposed to be read in an hour - took me a few nights - and they are about everything in history. I’ve signed up for the weekly Friday free e-book.

Even though the t.v. show Peaky Blinders has the beautiful talented Cillian Murphy - I can’t watch it! Much too violent for me. Do you like it?

Turns out the book is a realistic depiction of the real Peaky Blinders. The book goes into all the possible reasons why they were called the Peaky Blinders, it explains how the gang got to power and the age group of the gang. I enjoyed reading it as it gave an insight of that period of time in the UK - which you know, I’m a sucker for knowing the daily routines of the laymen. Let me know what you think of it.

Krystal-Ann Melbourne is a fellow member on Scribophile. You know how I sometimes play Russian roulette with books? This is one of those times. I had no idea what category the book falls into or what it’s about. Have you tried playing it yet?

I enjoyed the book immensely. There are two main characters: Emil and Ashara. They get thrown together on this bizarre fantasy adventure - a quest to find the answer to Claudian’s Keys. I found myself wiping away tears at the end. It’s a lovely little book and even though you don’t like fantasy - how are we even friends?! - I think you’d enjoy it.

Lady Susan is a piece of work! It’s an epistolary novel written from Lady Susan’s perspective and the poor dotes who get in her way. She’s a manipulative controlling woman, unfortunately, not the worst person I’ve ever met. It’s well written as my heart pounded in disgust at her behaviour. I’m sure there are plenty of people who would say Lady Susan is a pure fiction character - I disagree wholeheartedly with anyone who voices that opinion.

If you want to remind yourself why a certain someone is no longer in your life, read Lady Susan!

That’s it for this week. What have you been reading? Any recommendations or books I must avoid at all costs?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Love Lilly

Digital drawing created by Lilly Casey

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