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11 Books To Read If You Enjoyed Netflix’s Bridgerton

February 15th, 2021

Hi Readers!

I finally finished watching Sonderland and Netflix’s Bridgerton this week, and now I’m feeling that empty hole in my life that needs to be filled, and I’m sure a lot of you are feeling that as well. To help you get through the wait whilst they film season 2, here are some books that reminds me the Bridgerton.

The Bridgerton Books by Julia Quinn

This is an obvious one. But if you’ve only watched the TV show you have to know that it is in fact based on an eight book historical romance series. Each book follows a different Bridgerton sibling and they all have similar tropes of hate to love or forbidden romances. They’re a lot of fun, I’d highly recommend.

The first season of Bridgerton is based on The Duke and I, but there is also The Viscount Who Loves Me, An Offer From a Gentleman, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, It’s In His Kiss and On The Way To The Wedding.

Rokesbys Series by Julia Quinn

This is a prequel series to The Bridgertons following the romantic endeavors of the generation before Daphne and her siblings. The first book follows Billie Bridgerton, who would be Daphne’s aunt (her fathers older sister). So if you’ve finished the Bridgerton series but are dying for me, give these a go.

It’s still ongoing, but so far we have Because of Miss Bridgerton, The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband, The Other Miss Bridgerton and First Comes Scandal (just published last year).

Jane Austen

If you fell in love with the regency era whilst watching Bridgerton then you need a bit of Austen in your life. Her writing is equisite and has all the balls, gossip and matchmaking that Bridgerton has. I actually see The Duke and I (which is the book the first series is based on) as a Pride and Prejudice retelling. Although I’m sure Austen would be scandalised by what the characters get up to…

Luxe by Anna Godberson

If it’s the gossip girl vibes you enjoyed, than this series following the high society of the New York scene in the late 19th century is one you should give a go. We follow the young New York societals as they party till dawn and find themselves embralled in scandals and messy hook ups.

Tessa Dare’s Books

I haven’t actually read any of these myself, but if you want more tropey historical romance books I’ve heard great things about her Castles Ever After series.

Vanity Fair by William Thackery

Set in the same time period, Daphne Bridgerton, Becky Sharp (Vanity Fair) and Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) could have been attending the same balls and trying to snatch up the same eligible bachelors. This books follows Becky as she tries to climb her way up the ranks of society in the most devious of ways. The ITV adaptation of this even stars Claudia Jessie, who plays everyones favourite Bridgerton Eloise.

Longbourn by Jo Baker

If you’re more interested in what’s happening downstairs and want an inside look into the life of a servant, give this retelling of Pride and Prejudice a try. After reading this book, you will feel a lot of sympathy for those maids and carriage drivers!

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Soon to be a Netflix film itself, The Selection is all about the Prince of a dystopian kingdom finding a match amongst a group of thiry-five girls. Think Bridgerton meets The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games.

Bringing Down The Duke by Evie Dunmore

If your favourite character in Bridgerton was Eloise, then a more feminist historical romance might be just what you’re looking for. This one follows Annabelle, the daughter of a destitute vicar and among the first cohort of female students admitted to Oxford University where she finds herself become highly involved in the rising female suffrage movement.

A Lady’s Guide To Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins

What if Lady Whistledown didn’t just report on societal gossip, but also murder? In 1865 Lady Katherine Bascomb is Englands most norotious newspaper columnist and thinks it’s her mission to report on the nefarious and deadly criminals who prey on the fairer sex, when she witnesses a murder herself.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

If you want more of the ‘fake dating’ trope then there is a whole library for you to read, but To All The Boys is my personal favourite.

Hopefully these books will help get us all through the wait for season 2 of Bridgerton!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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Book Review | Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson… now I want to go on an American Summer road trip

Reviews

Published: 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books

Genre: Contemporary

Themes: Road Trip, Summer, Grief, Romance

Length: 343 Pages

Source: Own

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Hi Readers!

This is my third time reading this book and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I still enjoy it! I’ve realised this is the first time I’m reading this book outside of a readathon and I had overall a better experience with this book when I took my time with it rather than reading it in one day!

Plot

After the sudden loss of her father, Amy’s mother decides to move across the country for a fresh start, with Amy to follow on once she’s finished her Junior year of high school. Now it’s Summer and Amy’s mother has enlisted the help of a family friends son Roger to drive her to their new home. A road trip of healing, detours and romance ensues.

Character

This book deals heavily with grieving the loss of a parent and I thought it was done really well. Amy’s grief is still so strong from losing her father. She’s not the same girl she used to be and she’s still feeling survivors guilt. On this road trip Amy goes through a lot of healing and it was so nice to read her character grow.

Roger, while nice, is a little bit more forgettable. He’s got his own mission on this trip and it makes him feel quite vacant a lot of the story. It’s not until his and Amy’s bond grows that you really start getting to know him.

My only little quelm with this book is a thing that’s typically seen in YA books. Where is her mother? Okay so to be fair she’s dealing with grief herself, but to leave her 16 (17?) year old daughter to travel across the country with a boy she hasn’t seen since childhood after she saw her father die? What the heck is wrong with this woman?

Writing

Being a Morgan Matson book, it wasn’t all about grief. Seeing Amy & Rogers relationship grow was so cute and fun to read. It has the perfect balance between light-hearted and heartbreak.

I also really like that this was left open ended. It gives you the feeling that the characters still have a long way to go. Their story isn’t over just because you’ve got to the final page of the book. It made them feel more real to me.

“The best discoveries always happen to the people who aren’t looking for them.”

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

Would I Read Again: Oh yes. Probably next Summer.
Would I Recommend? Absolutely!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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Looks Like We’re All Rereading Twilight Soon…

International Women's Day Reading Recommendations (1)

Hi Readers!

Who would have thought in 2020 the Twilight fanbase would rise once again?

Most of us who were fans of Twilight in it’s height of success are in our 20s now and probably haven’t picked up the books for a good few years (I know I haven’t). But for a lot of us it was the series that introduced us to YA and possibly reading? We have a lot to thank it for so I’m embracing this resurgence.

And why is Twilight returning to every ones thoughts you may be wondering? Well if you haven’t heard the news Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga is finally releasing ‘Midnight Sun,’ the version of Twilight: Book One retold in Edwards perspective.

When the news came out on Monday my first reaction was to actually just laugh. First off the pomegranate on the front cover is kind of freaking me out but also this is a book Twilight fans have known about for years.

Ages ago I think when the movies where just coming out Meyer revealed she was rewriting Twilight from Edwards POV and it would be called Midnight Sun. Well after that the manuscript for the book was leaked and we never heard Stephanie mention it again.

Until, that is, now. I think Stephenie just looked at the world right now and thought, ‘I know exactly what they need,’ and I thank her for that.

So yes. I will be rereading Twilight. I didn’t think I would ever say that to be honest with you. Paranormal Romance is not a genre I enjoy anymore and I haven’t read Twilight since 2015. But I’m ready for the nostalgia to hit me like a ton of bricks so bring it on.

Anybody else planning on rereading Twilight? I think I’ll be doing mine in June/July.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X