Tag: Hannah Tay

Tracy Chevalier – Girl with a Pearl Earring | Review

Title: Girl with a Pearl Earring

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 266

Rating: 5*/5


Tracy Chevalier - Girl with a Pearl Earring

Tracy Chevalier – Girl with a Pearl Earring


I read this book because I watch a YouTuber called Hannah Tay who has an Etsy store where you can buy a mystery package of one of her favourite books. I bought it, and this is the book that arrived. And the good news is that I loved it.

This is historical fiction, except it’s written in a way that could appeal to everyone and so it’s not just for people who only read historical reads. It’s also a great read for people who are into art because it features Johannes Vermeer as a character, although one of my favourite elements of the story was the fact that it was sent in Holland.

The story itself follows a girl called Griet, the penniless daughter of a blind tile maker who’s taken on to provide household help for the painter, and we get to watch as her role gets more and more important until it all comes to a head. But I don’t want to say too much about it because I don’t want to spoil the plot.

Suffice to say that this was a beautifully written book with fantastic pacing that was just a genuine pleasure to read, and it’s easily accessible no matter what kind of reader you are. I was surprised by it, and I really couldn’t fault it. It’s just a great concept that’s well executed, and it just has that feel of a classic story. Read it.


Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier


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Edith Holden – The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady | Review

Title: The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

Author: Edith Holden

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 187

Rating: 4*/5


Edith Holden - The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

Edith Holden – The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady


I picked up this book after hearing a YouTuber I watch (Hannah Tay) talking about it on her channel, and I’m glad that I did. It’s basically exactly what it claims to be, a facsimile reproduction of naturalist Edith Holden’s 1906 diary, complete with her hand-drawn colour illustrations.

It makes for a fascinating read, and part of the reason for that is actually because she didn’t write that many entries. That’s a good thing, because it enables you to whizz from month to month and season to season without a problem. You can literally watch the year fly by and read it in a single sitting, and it’s a joy to behold because of that. Then there’s the fact that it’s all handwritten, which occasionally makes it hard to read but which also lends it authenticity.

All in all, this book is an artifact. It’s beautiful in its own right and makes for a great addition to your collection.


Edith Holden

Edith Holden


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