Wednesday, 13 June 2018


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.

Before jumping right into this past week, I have missed a couple of weeks worth of 'Reading Record' posts, so I just want to address that (for you as my blog readers but also myself as this is how I document & track my reading now).

Week 20 - I didn't complete a 'Reading Record' post as I was taking part in Bout of Books and so have a master post for the readathon instead.

Week 21 - I did make notes for my reading - which is how I pull these posts together - however, I lost the papers some how.

Week 22 - I went away with my family to the Welsh coast and actually did no reading whilst there, even though I packed two books with me. I did read some on the weekend (when home) but no post for the week as a whole.

So now we're all caught up!


Starting the week by signing up to a summer reading challenge - the 20 Books of Summer challenge, to be specific. The aim of this challenge is to read & review twenty books during the summer months; this will be quite the challenge for me with regards to book count, as well as full on reviews for each book... In fact I already know each book won't be reviewed, which is why I'm more focusing on the reading aspect of the challenge. You can find my summer reading list (& challenge sign up) here.

Reading wise today, I read a further 150 pages in Far from the Tree by Robin Benway, a book I started reading on Sunday. I'm branching out of my comfort zone a little bit with this book, given that it is a YA contemporary and I haven't read any of those in a good while, however I'm feeling confident in this title. There is a big emphasis on family in Far from the Tree, with it often being spoken about as a hard hitting YA, and those are kinds of books I like to read.

Finished my first book of the summer challenge - my thoughts on Far from the Tree were correct, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a YA contemporary to read. This is one of the books from my summer reading list that I do intend to review.

When I finish each book from my summer reading list, I'm going to stack it up against the side of my wardrobe; given that only one of the books is an ebook, I'm interested to see how tall the stack gets.

In the evening I started reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, with fifty pages completed... That seems to be the go to for me when reading a book, committing to the first fifty pages in order to get a feel for the story and writing style. Do you have a certain amount of pages you like to get through in your first sitting with a book?

Continued reading Little Fires Everywhere.

I know it won't work for me all summer long, as I'm just not that kind of reader, however with the challenge in mind I am trying to do more concentrated reading as opposed to the toing & froing I have been doing with books lately.

Not too much reading done today... Which led me to doing some calculations regarding the 20 Books of Summer challenge - I would need to complete a book every 4-5 days in order to complete all the books on my reading list. Of course there are variables in this, but at this stage I think that's doable... Ask me again in 6 weeks when my son has broken up from school. Hehe!

I managed a good chunk of reading in the evening, breaching the 300 page mark in Little Fires Everywhere. The second half definitely has me more gripped than the first.

Waking early, sitting in bed with tea and book in hand, I finished reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Again, this is another of the books I intend to review from my reading list, but I will say here as a little mini review - the book itself was slower than I expected it to be, but a powerful story.

I started off today by saying I was going to have a little personal readathon day of sorts... Well, that didn't quite pan out. In the morning I made some good progress in my next book: Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee, but then I got sucked into BookTube. I spent more time today watching people talk about reading, rather than reading myself!


Happy reading!


  1. Little Fires Everywhere is one I've been contemplating reading- although I have heard it's a little slow moving, but still good for all that. I like the premise of it, hope to get to it at some point here, maybe this summer sometime.

    Happy reading this week!

    1. I definitely found Little Fires Everywhere to be quite slow moving (especially in the first half), but yet it is a book (& story) I'm glad to have read and experienced for myself. I hope you enjoy it, if you do get round to reading it.

  2. I have found that early in the morning is a great time for me to catch up on reading and writing. :) When these little guys get up it's game over! Lol. Have a great week. :)

  3. Wow, I'm impressed you're recording your reading every day! I think I'd have a hard time keeping up with that. I'd also like to get to Little Fires Everywhere, because I really loved Everything I Never Told You :)

    1. Recording your reading every day gets a lot easier once it becomes a part of your routine. I like how it gives me more details to reflect on than just documenting the titles I've been reading. More in the moment thoughts, y'know.

      Having now read Little Fires Everywhere, I'm definitely interested in getting to Everything I Never Told You. I hope you're able to enjoy Little Fires Everywhere sometime soon.


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