Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Crimson Petal and the White Read-Along, Week 0

It's here!

Charlotte at Lit Addicted Brit is hosting a read-along of The Crimson Petal and the White, which I read a few years back and loved, so she's giving me an excellent excuse to reread it. I may have already gobbled up this week's chapters and am having to reign myself in to stop myself reading the whole thing before next week. But, well, here's the intro post anyway!

1. Introduce yourself!
I'm Gemma, I'm 23 and I live in Belfast. I'm currently studying for a MA in Literature. I play a bunch of musical instruments and I love cats, creme eggs and Doctor Who.

2. If this is your first read, what are you expecting from it? If this isn't your first time, what has prompted you to re-read?
I read this in 2012 and I absolutely loved it, though I don't remember the specifics of the plot. I remember hating Rackham and feeling sympathy for basically all the female characters. We'll see if I still think that!

3. Book porn time- share a picture of your edition

Tiny bit different from Charlotte's and Hanna's. Please ignore the horrible flash.

4. This is some pretty chunky historical fiction. Is it the kind of book you'd normally go for or is this more a safety in numbers deal to help you tackle something out of your comfort zone?
This is pretty firmly in my comfort zone, I have to say. I love books about Victorian London and prostitutes. I also tend to read quite a lot of doorstoppers- when your two loves are historical fiction and fantasy, you end up with a lot of long books. I do seem to remember managing to read this fairly quickly last time though!


  1. Oh, you're REreading, I hadn't realised! That's promising - at least it means its worth reading if you want to go back to it :)

    I LOVE this book so far. I'm almost at the end of this week's reading and it's flying by!

  2. Ooh, your edition is so pretty! I much prefer the text on these.

    I'm pretty sure I've said this before but the fact that you're rereading really reassures me that the rest of the book is going to be as good as what I've read so far! I think the trickiest thing for us all is going to be keeping to the pages. We can always speed up towards the end if 6 weeks end up being far too long to hold off knowing what happens!