Monday, 26 March 2018

READING RECORD | Week 12


Each week I'll be sharing a reading record, kind of like a bookish diary, with some notes of my reading from the week before.

MONDAY 19TH MARCH
Much like last week, I'm beginning my week by finishing off the remaining pages in The Find-Outers series by Enid Blyton; this one being The Mystery of the Secret Room.

I read the first chapter of Silas Marner by George Eliot. With classics, I tend to need some good solid silence to read, and that definitely seems to be the case with this title. Silas Marner is the March book pick for a new online book club I've joined (#CrossingGenresBookClub).

Ending the night having read the first 30 pages (roughly 3 chapters) of The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters. Really enjoying the steady pace I'm making through this Enid Blyton boxset. 

TUESDAY 20TH MARCH
Began my day by picking up where I left off yesterday, and reading 55 pages of The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters.

In the evening I picked up a seasonal anthology (Spring) that I started a couple of weeks back on a day that felt truly spring like... Sadly that feeling didn't last for long when more snow soon followed it. Due to the weather, I hadn't picked this book up since then but today felt like the right time to return and read a few pages. The extract I started with actually spoke of snow making way for spring, so pretty apt really. Whilst reading another extract, I came across this quote that I quite liked...

'The natural world I observe is merciless, but it's a place where I feel happy to belong' - JO SINCLAIR

WEDNESDAY 21ST MARCH
No reading completed today... I did place a rather large online book order though.


THURSDAY 22ND MARCH
Started, and finished, Printer's Devil Court by Susan Hill. Although officially spring now, the day felt much the opposite - a bitter chill in the air & ominous skies - and I just knew I wanted to curl up with a good old ghost story in the evening.

When I feel like this, I tend to return to my tried and true favourite of The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, so I thought I'd switch things up this time and reread another supernatural short story of hers. I have a book that contains five of her ghost stories, and so I got my husband to pick which one I should read based off the titles.

Printer's Devil Court isn't one of my favourite Susan Hill ghost stories, not even top three if I'm being honest, but I enjoyed the reread and overall experience I was in the mood for.

FRIDAY 23RD MARCH
I continued with the fourth book in The Find-Outers series, getting through a good chunk of it.

SATURDAY 24TH MARCH
Finished reading the remainder of The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters.

Today I was off to the library on a solo trip. We regularly visit the library, however those of you who have had the pleasure of a library trip with young child in tow will know that it isn't always easy to look at books yourself. I've picked up a book here & there this year, but today I set aside the time to visit the library on my own - to browse at my own will and come home with a stack of books just for me. I spent over an hour at the library, and left with 6 books in my tote bag. The morning was topped off with getting a donut on the way home - yum!

Once home, I started one of the books I borrowed: The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories; a collection of short stories written by Agatha Christie. I read the first two stories within the book, and look forward to continuing with the others.

Before bed I started the fifth book in the Enid Blyton box set, finishing the first two chapters.

SUNDAY 25TH MARCH
Ending the week having completed The Mystery of the Missing Necklace; the fifth book from The Find-Outers series.

Happy reading!
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12 comments

  1. I am trying to get better at taking Sunnie to the library more regularly. We've been going every two weeks, one day after school, and she loves it.
    Hope you have a great week and have lots of reading time!

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    1. Isn't the enthusiasm of reading in our kids just one of the loveliest things?! I'm glad you & Sunnie have been enjoying the library trips.

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  2. Going to the library solo and getting a donut sounds like a dream! Happy reading!

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  3. I love the idea of keeping a reading record every week. I really need to visit my local library more.

    Emma | EmmaMatthews.co.uk

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    1. Keeping a reading record in this form is something I've only done this year, but I love it! And would recommend.

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  4. Spring is a season I usually overlook when it comes to seasonal reading, but I’d like to change that! I have a list from Modern Mrs Darcy with a couple titles already on my shelves I’m going to try to read this spring, but I’d love to know the title of the spring anthology you’re reading too :)

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    1. Here's the Goodreads link to the Spring anthology - https://bit.ly/2H5b4XJ.

      I hope you enjoy your seasonal reads, Christine.

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  5. Oh gosh, going to the library alone sounds so wonderful. I usually have my husband and son with me and they're like 'Tick tock, tick tock. Hurry up!'

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    1. Oh, I know that feeling - having no time constraints was just lovely.

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  6. I love Agatha Christie's short stories! Witness for the Prosecution is one of the best. A solo library trip is definitely heavenly! What fun!

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    1. Witness for the Prosecution was perfectly crafted; loved it!

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