Hello and welcome to She Reads Novels. My name is Helen and I’m a book lover from the North East of England.

The title of my blog is inspired by a line from Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s 1864 classic The Doctor’s Wife – “She had read novels while other people perused the Sunday papers”. This isn’t completely true, as I do sometimes read the Sunday papers – but I have to admit I would rather be reading a novel!

I particularly enjoy discovering 19th century classics and immersing myself in long historical fiction novels, but I do read other genres too. To give you an idea of the sort of books I like, some of my favourite authors are: Daphne du Maurier, Dorothy Dunnett, Alexandre Dumas, Rafael Sabatini, Sharon Penman, Georgette Heyer, Wilkie Collins, Agatha Christie, Anthony Trollope, Thomas Hardy, the Brontës, Guy Gavriel Kay and Mary Stewart. This blog is a place for me to post reviews of all the books I read and to share my thoughts on reading in general.


Contact me

Email: shereadsnovels [at] gmail [dot] com
Twitter: @shereadsnovels

My Goodreads profile (feel free to add me as a friend)


The picture I am currently using for my WordPress avatar (the image you’ll see beside my name when I reply to comments) is Inseparables, a painting by Australian artist Florence Fuller.

18 thoughts on “About

  1. erdeaka says:

    Hi, hello! I sort of come across your book blog and I think it’s cool. I’m looking forward to perusing your reviews and all now 🙂 hope you don’t mind that I add you on Goodreads

  2. prigoodgood says:

    hi!!!!! I also luve to explore in the novels…I just love to create an reading aura beside me….I like ur blog….plz update some good novels to read as I’m new to blogging…..

  3. SarahClare says:


    I found my way here through bookbridgr.

    It’s always nice to find a fellow Brit’s blog to follow!


  4. Fariba says:

    I have literally been scrolling through your reviews for the past hour. I really like your taste in historical fiction and historical fantasy. I have now added Guy Gavriel Kay, Ursula K Le Guin, and Dorothy Dunnett to my authors to read list. I thought I had read everything Eva Ibbotson wrote, but clearly she wrote adult works I haven’t read yet. You certainly have a fabulous blog.

  5. newsrecordco says:

    Hey Helen, nice blog. I work at Record and we’re currently looking for freelancers. I think you’d be a nice addition to our roster.

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  6. Cookie says:

    I came across your blog by sheer chance. Just searching Linda Holeman brought me here. I bookmarked your site because it’s full of great info for readers! Thanks!

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