Travel Thursday: The Flatshare

Travel Thursday is a weekly bookish meme that combines two of my favorite things: reading and traveling. The goal is to choose a book that took you somewhere new (or somewhere you’d like to visit again)!

I would love to read more about everyone else’s literary travels as well! So here are some general guidelines for Travel Thursday if you’d like to participate!

The Rules:
  1. Every Thursday (or any Thursday you want to participate), choose a book that features somewhere you’d like to travel to! It could be somewhere you’ve never been before or somewhere you’d like to visit again.
  2. Include a description of the location and why you’d like to visit!
  3. Link back to me so I can find new blogs to follow (and add new places to my travel bucket list)!

The Flatshare

  • Author: Beth O’Leary
  • Series: N/a
  • Year of publication: 2019
  • Genre: Romance
  • Setting(s): London, England
  • Goodreads Synopsis:

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

The Flatshare: A Novel: O'Leary, Beth: 9781250295637: Amazon.com: Books

I just finished this one recently and absolutely loved it! I’ll be sharing more details about my thoughts on it in my monthly wrap-up post (coming out in a couple weeks), but overall there was very little that I didn’t love about it.

One of the things that I loved about it was the setting! I love reading books set in England because I’ve never been there and stories set there always really make me want to travel! I especially loved listening to the audiobook since the narrators had accents authentic to their characters (one English and one Irish, I believe). It was fun listening to their accents, their descriptions of life as a young adult in London (it sounds expensive, which feels familiar!), and trying to figure out all of the English slang and other terminology. It’s my native language, but there were still several things that threw me for a loop! One in particular that perplexed me was the word “flapjacks.” In the U.S., it’s a (slightly obscure) way to refer to pancakes. But in the book, they referenced Tiffy baking it and Leon taking slices of it… and you wouldn’t really cut slices off of pancakes. I moved on with the story assuming it was some sort of baked good I wasn’t familiar with, but I looked it up afterward since I was so curious! I’ve attached a photo below.

Without further ado, here are some photos that showcase London, England!

Why is a flapjack called a flapjack? - Quora
Flapjack! According to Wikipedia (not the best source, I know): “…a flapjack refers to a baked bar, cooked in a flat oven tin and cut into squares or rectangles, made from rolled oats, fat (typically butter), brown sugar and usually golden syrup.”
(Photo by Quora)
Member institutions | University of London
Photo by University of London
Welcome to London: art, culture and shopping | VisitBritain
Photo by Visit Britain
When to Go and Other Fast Facts for London, England
Photo by National Geographic
U.K. Imposes Harsher Lockdown on London, Citing New Version of Virus - The  New York Times
Photo by The New York Times

I enjoy baking, so I really want to try making flapjack now! Also, I noticed that almost all of the pictures I was finding showed a bright and sunny London… I’m sure it looks like that some of the time, but I also know that it rains a lot in London, so I wanted to find a photo that showed that as well! It sounds like a beautiful city, and I really want to visit someday!

I wonder… Where in the world will my next book take me?

Leave a comment below describing your most recent literary travels!

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