Thursday, 26 April 2018

READING RECORD | Catch Up + Week 16

Reading record posts are a look back on the week that has been, with notes regarding what I've been reading and just general bookish goodness.

I haven't shared a 'Reading Record' post for a while now due to it having been the school holidays here in the UK - the Easter holidays to be more specific. You haven't missed much! My reading & blogging rate tends to slow during the school holidays as I have less free time (and more time with my little one, happily so), however I thought I'd put together a little bookish summary of the school holidays - which is two weeks long - before sharing a regular 'Reading Record', which I've documented in the usual style.

WEEK 14 + WEEK 15
After way more deliberation than was nessecary, I DNF'ed two titles I had bookmarks in but weren't feeling that pull/connection to. I reorganised my bookshelves, twice. I picked up, and practically devoured in less than 48 hours, The Dry by Jane Harper. Watched a fair amount of BookTube videos. I acquired a reading timer which I haven't yet used, but I know I will love when it comes to readathons. I found the time to review The Dry by Jane Harper. I finished reading a collection of short stories, written by Agatha Christie, that I'd borrowed from the library last month. To conclude the school holidays, I treated myself to some books.

On to WEEK 16...

I started the week by making some good progress in To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey - the author who also wrote one of my favourite reads of last year: The Snow Child. Although two different stories, told in two different styles, something that holds in both is the author's ability to bring to life the landscape of which she writes.

In the evening I completed the very first of my £1 Penguin Modern titles - The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson. There are three short stories within this book, with the middle story (Journey With A Lady) being my favourite of the three.

Just a small portion of the day spent reading - 30 minutes or so in the afternoon.

Most days I wake up a little earlier than the rest of the family, finding myself usually using this time to work on blog to dos or read... Today I used that time to read, getting in thirty minutes before others started to wake.

The books I ordered at the end of last week arrived today - YAY!

With a heatwave sweeping across the UK currently, I found myself gravitating towards one of my new books in the afternoon as opposed to my main current read of To The Bright Edge of the World - whilst I am thoroughly enjoying this title, it wasn't quite fitting of my mood or the heat (backdrop of the story being Alaska's winter). I started reading On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher; it is proving to be a lighter read with elements of romance & magical realism, finding myself flying through with 108 pages completed today.

Read 200+ pages of the Carrie Hope Fletcher title.

The heatwave is hanging on until the weekend, and so I took the opportunity to sit and read in the garden this afternoon whilst Alexander was at nursery - other than the tricky task of trying to find a shady place to settle, it was glorious. I finished On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher on a positive note. I had heard comparisons of Carrie's writing being similar to that of Cecelia Ahern's (one of my all time favourite authors) which is what interested me in her books initially.

I was happy to have completed On The Other Side by time evening rolled around as today was the Spring Cosy Reading Night. If you're interested in learning more about this bookish event, or how I got on with it, then you can read my wrap up post.

I read a further 30 pages in the Agatha Christie mystery I started for the Cosy Reading Night: 4.50 From Paddington.

A good accompaniment to the Christie read, I also started another non fiction title today that I will be dipping in and out of for a good little while I imagine: The 50 Greatest Train Journeys of the World.

Finished reading 4.50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie - a really good Marple mystery that kept me guessing right until the very end. This was my seventh reading experience of Agatha Christie's writing, and the more I read by her the more I fall in love with her writing. I already have my eye on more titles!

Concluding my evening, and the week as a whole, I finished reading my second £1 Penguin Modern book which included two essays by Wendell Berry (I already read the first essay prior). Although the essays are decades old, some of the sentiments he shares are ones I hold myself now in current day. Interesting read - food for thought even.



  1. Looks like you had pretty eclectic reading. The Dry sounds good, and a Christie mystery sounds like a cozy read as well. Glad 4:50 was good! And 50 Greatest Train sounds really interesting!

    1. My reading is often quite eclectic, so when people say 'what do you read?' I'm often left unsure how to answer. Haha!

  2. I just recently picked up a $1 copy of To The Bright Edge of the World from my library's discard shelf -- I've not been gravitating toward literary fiction lately, but I'm intrigued, so I look forward to hearing how you liked it (or didn't!) when you get back to it. And I love the cover on the edition you have there :)

    1. I love the cover of this edition also - in person, the blue is so beautiful also. I actually just finished To The Bright Edge of the World yesterday, so will be sharing a bit more in depth on it in a 'Reading Record' next week, although overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you have a similar experience when reading it!

  3. I always hesitate to DNF a book but it never fails that when I do I end up gobbling up the next book! I love 4:50 from Paddington though since Christie is one of my absolute favorites I'm a bit biased! I just bought To the Bright Edge of the World but haven't wanted to pick it up yet either. I'm thinking I'll either wait till it's cold or wait till it's so hot I'm dreaming of cold weather. Have a great week!

    1. I've been wondering lately if I'm a little too ruthless with my DNF'ing, and have been giving books I'm unsure of more time than I usually would... However in all those instances, I DNF & have no regards afterwards, so I think I need to return to the more ruthless ways. Ha!

      I have absolutely fallen in love with Agatha Christie's work over the past year or so and I can totally see why she is a favourite of yours.

      Haha! That sounds like the perfect timing.

  4. Ha food for thought! I absolutely love Wendell Berry and I completely agree - some of his beliefs and writings are just as relevant now.

    I've become a ruthless DNFer. On the Other Side looks really good!

    1. This was my first experience of reading Wendell Berry, but I'm guessing not the last.

      I initially picked up On the Other Side as there have been comparisons to Cecelia Ahern, and whilst I see those comparisons in the magical realism elements and general whimsy of the overall plot, I wouldn't say the quality of writing was the same... However, I would recommend if looking for a lighter read. I'll definitely read further titles of Carrie Hope Fletcher's; in fact I have another unread title on my shelves currently.


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