Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Reading Record | My Most Anticipated Book of 2020


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.

Since my last reading record post I have finished three books, however I gave them a dedicated post where I shared about rereading ghost stories. Other than ghost stories in summer, I have also sadly DNF'ed a nonfiction audiobook, and have just begun reading my most anticipated book of 2020: Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon.

In this post I'll be sharing all the reading I did over the weekend... I'm including Friday in this post, which I know isn't technically the weekend, but it just made sense to me to group these three days together all in the one post.

FRIDAY 12TH JUNE
I'm going into the weekend with a bookmark in just the one book: Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon; I'm reading a physical copy of this book, and left off at page 26 yesterday evening.

After absolutely falling IN LOVE with Amy Harmon's What the Wind Knows last year (tied favourite book of 2019), I knew I had to pick up her next release. Where the Lost Wander is another historical fiction romance, this time focusing on a journey of the Oregon Trail.

I am still in the very early stages of this book, ending today on page 59, and am absolutely loving my return to Amy Harmon's writing. There is such beauty in her narrative, and I love the way she writes her characters and human nature as a whole. 

Today I did also start a new audiobook, borrowed from the library digital service: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. This is a middle grade novel, with a boy who has taken himself off to the Catskill Mountains to survive in the wilderness. I honestly didn't know much about this book going in to it (a whim of a borrow), but have since learned that it is actually quite a classic novel, and one that is also (or at least has been) assigned reading in the US school system - please correct me if I'm wrong on that. Anyway, I've listened to an 1 hour 10 minutes so far, and am quite enjoying it; I find it to be quite an immersive read and think the narrator (Michael Crouch) definitely plays a part in that. 

SATURDAY 13TH JUNE
Throughout the day I have read just over 100 pages in Where the Lost Wander, bringing me over the half way mark now. I am still really enjoying the elements I mentioned above of the author's writing and the way she writes human nature, and I am now also wrapped up in the story of Naomi and John.

I did also make further progress in My Side of the Mountain - still gripped by this story. Much like in my historical fiction, there is a relationship that I'm quite engaged in: that of Sam and the falcon, Frightful - it is interesting following how they have come to trust and understand one another. I listened to just about 55 minutes of this book today.

SUNDAY 14TH JUNE
Oh my - I have just finished reading Where the Lost Wander... What a beauty of a book! I was absolutely enthralled in the last half of this book, wholly engaged, and not wanting it to end. Honestly, I didn't want it to end, I appreciated the epilogue, but could have read about the characters for years to come after the time frame of this book.

If you haven't read any of Amy Harmon's books, I highly recommend her historical fiction romance - there is a great balance in the history & romance elements, with characters written some humanly, and backdrops that feel like they are right before your eyes. Amy Harmon's books feel perfectly written for me, with all the things I look for in a book, in the right proportion also. I could rave about her all day, but I shall stop now. 

Later on in the day, and I have also finished reading My Side of the Mountain, which proved to be another wonderful read also. The narrative held me throughout, I loved the nature/outdoors element of this book, and I really quite liked the ending too. Although I listened to this book via library borrow, I very much intend to get a copy for my own bookshelf also.

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  1. I just heard someone talking about My Side of the Mountain! It was not one that was assigned to me in school but it's one of I've heard of so it wouldn't shock me if some school systems do assign it. It sounds fantastic. Enjoy your reading!

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    1. Ah okay then. My Side of the Mountain was a really great read - and super quick to get through also as a relatively short read.

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  2. The author is new to me so I appreciate the update.

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    1. I hope you are able to read some books by her; they are wonderful.

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