Monday, 13 April 2020

Reading Record | Bout of Books (27.5)

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

This past week I have been jotting down my reading as part of my participation in Bout of Books 27.5. Bout of Books wasn't due for another event until May, however the hosts decided to put on a super low key mini event: safe at home edition.

I'm starting the week with The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend - I heard a fair bit about this book when it was first released, with my knowledge of the book being that it is quite bookish and takes place in a small town. I read the first 48 pages today, which isn't the strongest start to the readathon, but it is a start.

I read a further 69 pages in The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend... Honestly, I'm not too sure how I feel about it. I thought it would be a nice, light read - which it is - however, it feels a little cardboard-y.

I often have more than one book on the go, but especially so during readathons, so I started another book also: Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis. I have a number of James Patterson novels lying around as my mum really enjoyed them and shared them with me; I've enjoyed the ones I've read so far - and flown through them - so thought this would be a good book to pick for a readathon read. I read the first 50 pages this evening.

Continued reading Murder House - bookmark left on page 118. I'm having a slightly harder time falling in to this particular James Patterson than others previously, with the flipping between time making it feel a little disjointed for me.

I started today picking up where I left off in The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, from page 118 (interesting that I paused my reading of both current books at the exact same stage), and read another 50 pages.

A good chunk of my reading time was spent with Murder House - and I actually ended up completing it! As I mentioned before, I wasn't really connected with the book due to the changing time of plot, but once I fell into that I was totally engrossed. Set against the backdrop of the Hamptons, with a house that has some dark history, it was a good reading, with some interesting twists & turns; what you'd want from a crime thriller really. 

Book two of the readathon complete - I read the remaining 98 pages of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend today. I thought this book would be one I'd love, but it was a bit meh to be honest. The plot was interesting, however the characters felt flat to me, and in turn didn't fully bring the story to life. My favourite element of the book was the letters from Amy; I enjoyed getting to know her character through those.

With just the weekend left of the readathon now, I wonder if I can get another book read in its entirety. I have Jack & Bet by Sarah Butler on my TBR still - a digital download from the library that needs finishing soon-ish, so I think I'll start that tomorrow.

After downloading and opening the library borrow of Jack & Bet I have learnt that the ebook is only 170 pages in length - I'm confident that I can read that this weekend and leave the readathon with three books read.

Well, it isn't even 6pm, and I've finished Jack & Bet; a lovely book. Jack & Bet are an elderly couple, married for seventy years, who live in London. Their son is looking to get them help with assisted living in a care home, however Jack & Bet are having none of it, so after a chance encounter with Marinela, the couple find themselves with some household help. That's the general premise of Jack & Bet, but of course there are layers to the story that I don't want to reveal due to spoilers. I quite enjoy books with elderly protagonists, and this was another successful read in that category.

This evening, wanting to continue with my reading but not start a whole new book, I read a little in the nonfiction book I am currently reading (to be honest, I have bookmarks in a number of nonfiction books right now, but this book specifically is my focal read): I Never Knew That About Coastal England by Christopher Winn - I read 30 pages.

I added a little bit to my page count for the readathon overall, reading a further 38 pages in the nonfiction book.

In total I read 1034 pages throughout the week of the readathon, and completed 3 books; I'm super happy with that.



Happy reading!


  1. I have Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend on my TBR. I planned to get it from the library to read this month but that of course didn't happen!

    1. Oh dear... Well I do hope you are able to enjoy it when library visits are possible again; I do miss the library.


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