Monday, 18 November 2019

Reading Record | I Finished Three Books

My reading record posts are a way for me to document all things bookish and reading in my life - I aim to post them consistently with them most often being in a weekly format, however readathons & certain books have their own specific reading record.

In this reading record you will see that I finished three books, including my most anticipated book of the year, a fantasy historical fiction with a male/male romance, and a nonfiction title.

Currently reading:
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (on page 236)
The Binding by Bridget Collins (on page 163 - on pause until I finished The Starless Sea)
The Secret Barrister (on page 108)

I read to page 319 in The Starless Sea this evening. It appears we are at the point now where the story is starting to be pulled together, but there are still more questions than answers at this point. There are 175 pages left... It would be nice to get them all read tomorrow, but I'm not rushing the read in any way - I'm truly immersing myself in and appreciating all the details of this fantastical world & unfolding story - so we'll see how that goes.

I did indeed manage to finish reading The Starless Sea today. It has taken me almost a week to complete the book in its entirety, but that time has been spent with a magical book... It has been a joy to read.

The Starless Sea is deeply woven and wonderfully descriptive, with a cast of characters you won't forget easily. If you enjoyed The Night Circus, or if you are unfamiliar with Erin Morgenstern's writing but love books about books, then The Starless Sea is the book for you.

Today I did a little bit of reading in The Secret Barrister, but literally only a few pages or so.

With The Starless Sea now finished, my attention will now move back to The Binding as my current fiction read, whilst also continuing with The Secret Barrister as my nonfiction read. Can I have both of these books finished by the end of the week... Or is that wishful thinking?

I read to page 220 in The Secret Barrister today - meaning I am well over the halfway mark now. I'm quite enjoying this look at the criminal justice system here in the UK (well, England & Wales); it is proving to be both insightful & thought provoking.

In the evening I returned to The Binding, reading the next few chapters and placing my bookmark on page 213.

I left The Binding at the end of part one, where the general premise of the plot was set up, introducing us to the focal characters, outlining the art of book binding, and presenting us a mystery... Having now moved on the start of part two, I can see more focus on the mystery element; things are slowly being pieced together. I'm happy to be back with this book.

Further reading in The Secret Barrister today: read to page 305, which means I have less than 40 pages left.

I also finished the remainder of part two in The Binding (page 295). I was correct in my thoughts on the piecing together of the mystery, with a big answer being shared in part two. I'm keen to see where the rest of this book is going to take us now.

This morning I finished reading The Secret Barrister. I liked the topic, voice and presentation of this book; the writer did a good job of presenting the system to a layperson, and setting out the book in a way that is easy to follow. If you're looking for a snapshot of the courts & justice system here in England & Wales, then I recommend picking this up. 

I started my third book for Nonfiction November later on in the day - The Art of Making Memories by Weik Wiking. This book is a library borrow for me, and I picked it up having enjoyed another book by this writer. I have a number of books still on my NF stack, however I opted for this book in particular to read next as I think I could do with something a bit lighter in theme given the other two nonfiction books I've read so far for the month. I have read the introduction & first chapter of The Art of Making Memories, meaning I am just over 50 pages in.

As well as NF reading today, I also read just over 50 pages of The Binding this evening.

This morning I finished reading The Binding. I loved this book - the plot as a whole, the unique concept of binding itself (in short: books being a person's memories), the love story, and also the way in which the story was told with the parts & different perspectives. If you're on the lookout for a fantastical historical fiction, then I recommend The Binding.

I did also read a further two chapters within my current nonfiction read also today.

Ending the week on a good note, with three books finished. I'm thinking about making the new week an exclusive nonfiction reading week, we'll see.


Happy reading!


  1. How interesting to have a blow-by-blow account of your reading. My husband is interested in The Binding, too - I should just point him to your blog! I have the Secret Teacher somewhere on the TBR.

    1. I've round I much prefer this method of documenting my reading instead of reviews & wrap ups.

  2. I've seen The Secret Barrister in The Works at a discounted price and have been tempted. Is it a series of anecdotes or is there a theme running through the whole book?

    1. In The Secret Barrister we are taken through the process of the system from start to finish - how it would work if charged with a crime - with each chapter being a different part of that chain of events... Through each chapter there are stories shared that are used as examples of what is being spoken about (some of the stories transcend more than the one chapter). It is a good read if you're interested in the criminal justice system here.

  3. I really should get around to reading the Night Circus at some point, since I've been meaning to, and then maybe tackle The starless sea too. :)


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