Happy Friday, all!
Over the course of the week, we hopped from winter straight into summer in NYC, with no spring in between. During the colder part of the week, I read two atmospheric new books, both of which were wins: Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries and The Secrets of Hartwood Hall.
I adored Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries, which reminded me a great deal of Margaret Rogerson’s Enchantment of Ravens, crossed with late Victorian/ Edwardian academia in an alternate Cambridge where the study of Faerie is an academic pursuit. It was just utterly pitch-perfect and I can’t wait for the sequel.
After that, I stayed in the Victorian vein with The Secrets of Hartwood Hall, which hit all the beloved Gothic tropes: a vicar’s widow forced by penury to take a job as a governess at a dilapidated manor house where the inhabitants are feared by the villagers– but why? And what secrets does the heroine bring with her?
Right now, I’m not at all sure what to read next, so I’ve been dipping into my collection of vintage 80s Elsie Lee novels with one of my old favorites, Satan’s Coast, which also involves a crumbling manor house (in this case in Portugal). I do love crumbling manor house novels….
What have you been reading this week?