Monday, 25 November 2019

Reading Record | A Week of Nonfiction Only

My reading record posts are a way for me to document all things bookish and reading in my life - I aim to post 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 me focusing solely on my nonfiction TBR for Nonfiction November.

Currently reading:
The Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking (on page 115)

I started today with just the one book, and have ended it with three!

This morning I picked up Expeditions Unpacked, reading about the first four explorers/expeditions within. This book takes a look at the kit that individual adventurers decided to take on their expeditions. Not only does it share the kit, but also a little bit of information about the person, and also the journey they undertook too. My plan from here on out with Expeditions Unpacked is to read a few entries a day here and there, between now & the end of the month, so that by the time November is over, I should have completed the book.

I read a further two chapters in The Art of Making Memories, and am now on page 161 with that book.

Both of these NF books are the kind of ones that you dip in & out of - coffee table book like - and so I wanted to have a more substantial book on the go (which if I were reading fiction this week, that would likely fill this gap), and so I picked up Waterfalls of Stars: My Ten Years on the Island of Skomer by Rosanne Alexander. I read the first chapter (21 pages) before calling it a night.

Much like yesterday morning, I read a few more profiles from Expeditions Unpacked.

This evening I continued with Waterfalls of Stars, reading a further three chapters, meaning I am now on page 55. Although I am still in the very early stages of this book (it is 350 pages in total), I can already tell I'm going to fall in love with the island setting & wildlife commentary. 

Wednesday is the day I usually do the least amount of reading... However, I have managed to read a chapter within The Art of Making Memories, and also a further two chapters in Waterfalls of Stars, which I'm happy about.

This morning I finished reading The Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking - book number 3 for NF November complete. I really quite enjoyed this book, especially as someone who isn't the best with remembering & memory (I document my reading online for reason - ha!). I liked learning about some of the science behind memory making, and how the book was kept light but yet informative with the writing style. 

I also started & finished Sustainable Home by Christine Liu today, reading the book in its entirety in the one sitting. This book was a whim of a library borrow for me, and I'm glad I took it out now. In Sustainable Home, Christine talks a little about her own sustainable journey (I did not know of her previously, but it appears she is a blogger), and shares via chapters of rooms found in your average home (living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom) ways in which the reader can also make more sustainable decisions & lifestyle choices. I found this book to be informative & insightful, not pushy in its message, and think it would be a great foundation for those looking to work towards a more sustainable lifestyle. 

Side note: I have already been on my own sustainable journey for a good while now and haven't actually read too many books on sustainability specifically, seeking this information online more than anything else. Whilst I already implement a number of the practices mentioned in my own day to day life already, I found the kitchen portion of Sustainable Home being the one that impacted me the most (as I do believe this is an area that me & my family could work on more).

This morning, after not picking it up for a few days, I read a handful more expedition studies within Expedition Unpacked.

I have also read more of Waterfalls of Stars, starting the day on page 81 and concluding it on page 120.

Really not much reading done today - 20ish pages in Waterfalls of Stars.

Another slow reading day, with two chapters being read in Waterfalls of Stars; I am currently on page 188 of this book, which means I am over half way through now.

The amount I was reading definitely tailed off a bit there towards the end of the week, but I think by adding in fiction books this coming week, it will help me to feel more of a pull to my books... I think... I hope!


Happy reading!


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