It’s finally the Bout of Books read-a-thon. I’m super excited to be joining in and hope to catch up a little with my reading. Today’s challenge is hosted by Writing my own Fairy tale, and is a great way to get to know each other.
1. How do you organize your shelves? Alphabetically, at least, that’s the aim but as I don’t have as much shelf space as I’d like, new books tend to get added to the various piles around my flat. I also keep books on cooking, writing, fairy tales, and M.E. seperate.
2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres? I am not a huge fan of high fantasy, but I love Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
3. What is the last 5 star book you read? Rabbit Redux by John Updike
4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon? I’ve recently become very interested in Freddie Mercury so it has to be the biography Freddie Mercury by Peter Freestone which I picked up at my library.
5. What book do you recommend the most? It can be hard to recommend a book that everyone will enjoy, but if I’m not sure what someone likes I almost always reach for Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell as I think anyone who enjoys reading will find something about this book they like.
So on Saturday (Day 6) of the read-a-thon I finished the book I started on Monday ‘A Tale for the Time Being’ by Ruth Ozeki. I then started on a book that, according to Goodreads, I have been ‘currently reading’ since last January. In actual fact this means I started it, but because it is not a novel, I started reading something else instead, and ‘Sex Diaries’ ed. by Maxim Jakubowski has been sitting on my shelf unloved for the past year, alongside ‘Great British Short Stories’ which apparently I am also ‘currently reading’.
I haven’t quite finished the Sex Diaries book (if you’re interested, it’s basically excerpts from ‘sex’ blogs about 10 years ago when Belle De Jour first became popular), but am almost at the end so definitely think I will be finished by tonight.
So overall this week I read 418 pages (book 1) + 156 pages (book 2) = 574 pages. I used to read much faster than this, but I’m glad to have given reading a decent head start this year, not to mention it has been fun reading and commenting on other participants’ blogs. I’m fairly certain I’ll be joining in another read-a-thon this year.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t got nearly as much reading done as I would like. I started well on Monday, beginning the book A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, which I received as a Christmas present. I got in quite a few hours of reading which is definitely an improvement on how much I’ve not been reading lately.
Unfortunately on Tuesday and Wednesday I didn’t manage to read even one page. The reason for this is that I came home from my parents yesterday (Wednesday), so I was spending all my time with my family or packing or travelling or recovering from travelling. But I knew this would be an obstacle before I started, so I can’t say I’m surprised.
Today, I’ve once again done a lot of reading. I’ve done at least 2 hours, and expect to do another hour before bed (as soon as I’ve posted this). I’m not reading as much as some of the other participants, but I’m trying not to compare myself to others. The reason I wanted to do this read-a-thon is so I would get back into reading more, and so far it seems to be working.
I had hoped to read 2 books this week, but at the rate I’m going I’ll be surprised if I achieved this goal – that won’t stop me aiming for it though!