Friday Reads: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

I’m finally reading Fingersmith, you guys!!! I’m not very far in, but I can’t wait to see where this twisty read takes me.

Keep scrolling for this week’s Book Beginnings and The Friday56



Book Beginnings is a bookish meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you’re reading, along with your initial thoughts/impressions.

Book Beginnings:

My name, in those days was Susan Trinder. People called me Sue. I know the year I was born in, but for many years I did not know the date, and took my birthday at Christmas. I believe I am an orphan. My mother I know is dead. But I never saw her, she was nothing to me. I was Mrs. Sucksby’s child, if I was anyone’s; and for father I had Mr. Ibbs, who kept the locksmith’s shop, at Lant Street, in the Borough, near the Thames.

Already there’s an air of mystery as Waters introduces her narrator and vivid Victorian setting.


Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a bookish meme hosted by Freda’s Voice that asks you to: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 and find a sentence that grabs you.

The Friday 56:

The station there was not like Paddington, where there were coffee-stalls and milk-stalls and a pastry-cook’s shop. There was only a place for vittles, and that was shut up and closed. I sat on my trunk. My eyes stung, from the fog. When I blew my nose, I turned a handkerchief black.

Sue’s journey has commenced, and we as readers are along for the ride.


What are you reading this weekend?

21 thoughts on “Friday Reads: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

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  1. Enjoy Fingersmith! Hope it lives up to your expectations!
    Currently reading Sex and Rage by Eve Babitz and The Secret History of Jane Eyre by John Pfrodresher (so far the “secret history” is available to anyone who can read a biography of Charlotte Bronte, but I’ve only read the first two chapters so far)

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      1. It’s an interesting look at how details of the novel might reference specific events in Bronte’s life. But I feel like the title is misleading: nothing is very “secret”. The author analyses Jane Eyre in a biographical context. There are some things I didn’t know or think of but nothing that would qualify as a “secret” really.

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  2. Last year I started reading Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters but I put it aside when I was about halfway through it. Her writing style is pretty good but the book concentrated heavily on the romance which bored me quite a bit. I still have Fingersmith on my to read list though, maybe I’ll have more luck with it.

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

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  3. I had Fingersmith out from the library and just couldn’t get to it before it had to be returned! I’d love to find some used copies of her books so that I can finally read some. I’ve heard such wonderful things!

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  4. I really enjoyed Fingersmith — so many surprises! I’m currently reading Lolly Willowes. It’s been on my list since Simon and Rachel discussed it on their podcast.

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