This post is linked at “It’s Monday, what are you reading?”, a weekly meme that tells us what the blogosphere is currently reading. It is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. The links in the cover images take you to GoodReads.
I am currently reading
We know what life was like for Victoria and Albert. But what was it like for a commoner like you or me? How did it feel to cook with coal and wash with tea leaves? Drink beer for breakfast and clean your teeth with cuttlefish? Dress in whalebone and feed opium to the baby?
Moving through the rhythm of the day, from waking up to the sound of a knocker-upper man poking a stick at your window, to retiring for nocturnal activities, when the door finally closes on twenty four hours of life, this astonishing guide illuminates the overlapping worlds of health, sex, fashion, food, school, work and play.
I saw this at a bookstore and instantly went and – ordered it from the library! :D I’ve been pretty successful with buying less books. This non-fiction book seemed like something I’d really enjoy. It tells about the day to day lives of ordinary British people, focusing on the poor to upper middle class, I think. I was really sold by the structure of the book, with chapters starting from waking up and washing up, then going through the various daily activities, such as meals, and ending with going to bed.
I’ve read the first chapter, and it was very interesting. I learned for example that most Victorian people slept with their bedroom window open, even though their houses were cold, since they thought that carbon dioxide from their breath could fill up the room and end up poisoning them in their sleep! (It might have actually been a good practice because of the gas lamps and coal dust in their houses, though, you never know.)
I’m also reading
I’m still in the middle of The Three Musketeers – I put it down at one point and now I should really pick it up again and finish it. I also started Ship of Magic as part of my 2014 High Fantasy Challenge.