My name is Sophie and I was born and raised in Clermont-Ferrand, France, before moving to London a few years ago now. I have been obsessed with the UK ever since I was 13 and did a three-week Summer Camp in Lancashire. I fell in love with the green and leafy countryside, as well as the vibrant shades of red of Mancunian bricks. Back home, I started reading books, watching films, and listening to music that would make me feel as if I were still there, strolling the foggy streets of London. From that time onward, I just lived and worked to go back… but with no return ticket this time. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew it had to be in England, so I studied English for my undergraduate degree – which, in France, means you study a good mix of literature, history, grammar, and linguistics. My favourite part was my British literature class and this is how began my second obsession: the Victorian era. In fact, I became so obsessed that I did my MA on Victorian Literature, and wrote my dissertation on the figure of the ideal man in Charlotte Brontë’s novels.
As you can guess, I’m an avid reader and I sincerely wish I was able to read books as fast as I buy them but alas, they have a gift for piling up on my shelves, waiting to be read. Of course, I read a lot of Victorian classics but I also enjoy reading many different things. I love great stories, so that means I will basically read anything, including non-fiction – I love memoirs because I’m fascinated by the individual stories of other people. When I don’t read, I love cooking and baking – I’m French so food is almost a religion for me.
I created this blog to talk about books because I always feel the dire need to share what I read with people, but not everyone is always ready to hear my ramble on Jane Eyre and this great new book that made me think of so many things. So instead, I share my thoughts (which are many) on here!
You can find me in various places on the information super highway, where I am more or less active: