The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

A historical novel, set in the English countryside

After having read Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, I was interested in dipping my toes a bit farther into the historical fiction waters. And, as I’d hoped, this debut novel by Jennifer Ryan was exactly what I needed.

This novel revolves around a (female!) choir.

I have spent all of my life singing: grade school choirs, church choirs, fronting my science teacher’s band in 10th grade, vocal music courses, regional chorus, and finally, classical operatic training. I’ve done it all!

This novel is written through diary entries and letters.

First person narration is my jam: even more exciting is when it is in the context of personal diaries and private letters.

With these things in mind, I chose not to look much more into it. Well, other than seeing a Goodreads rating of 4.08 when adding it to my currently-reading shelf.

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A Readathon Fit For a King

Last week I set sail on a journey.. the first of its kind for me.. a readathon.

This particular readathon was a four day, four prompt adventure in honour of King’s Day here in The Netherlands. It was — if this is not already obvious — hosted by four Dutch booktubers. Namely Iris, Berthe, Daphne, and Lucy.

Let me give you a bit of a background

Assuming you are not Dutch, nor an expat living in The Netherlands, you probably have no idea that we celebrate the King’s birthday as a National Holiday. That’s right, we all party our butts of wearing orange in honour the King’s birthday.

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