Monday, 29 June 2020

Reading Record | Nature Nonfiction + A Classic

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.

I'm starting the week from where I left off last week, with The Outermost House by Henry Beston - this book was first published in 1928 and details a year in which the writer lived on a beach in Cape Cod. I ended this book on the first chapter yesterday - 18 pages - and continued with a further 62 pages today.

I also started a fiction read, picking up Vera by Elizabeth von Arnim; I read the first three chapters. 

Both of these titles were from my recent book haul... I don't see myself getting to many of the books in my haul immediately, especially as I have a lot of library reserves coming up, however I did imagine I'd get to both of these books sooner rather than later. 

Continued with both The Outermost House and Vera today, surpassing the 100 page mark in The Outermost House and the 50 page mark in Vera. 

The 100 page mark means I am now already half way through The Outermost House. I'm really enjoying this book. I love nature nonfiction anyway, but I am liking the historical aspect of this one - without modern conveniences. There is a lot of bird talk within The Outermost House and the passing seasons make for interesting reading.

Very little reading done today - around about 30ish pages of The Outermost House.

I've finished my first book of the week... I'm guessing there is no surprise in me saying it is The Outermost House, as that book has clearly been my focus read for the week so far. In the pages I finished up today, I read a chapter titled 'An Inland Stroll in Spring' which is my favourite from the book as a whole. 

As I already mentioned, nature nonfiction is one of my go to genres within the realms of nonfiction, and I'd add this to my list of 'must read' nature nonfiction books. I really enjoyed my time with this book.

This evening I jumped in to another nature nonfiction, this time opting for the audiobook of The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. I actually have another book in physical copy by this writer and did already start it after getting impatient waiting on the library audiobook reserve of The Hidden Life of Trees, but then my reserve got bumped up significantly in date, and so I decided to read this one first and save the other for another time... Not that that matters at all as they are standalone reads in their own right. Anyway, just a little backstory there. I listened to 35 minutes this evening and it is already proving to be SUPER interesting.

I have now passed the 135 page mark in Vera, which is just over half way through the book. This felt somewhat slow at the beginning, but is really picking up now. I should clarify, not slow in a dragging way, but slow in order to set up the relationship.

Thirty minutes of reading in The Hidden Life of Trees also.

I read over 70 pages in Vera today and I am engrossed! 

Progress was made in The Hidden Life of Trees too; I have listened to just over 1 hour 50 minutes of the book in total, which equates to ten chapters. Another book I'm really engrossed in... As I mentioned above, this book is super interesting, and I am learning so much.

I finished reading Vera this morning, and what a surprise read it was. 

Briefly, Vera is about Lucy and Everard, two people who meet when they are both experiencing grief and turmoil, but soon fall in love with one another. The happiness is short lived however, when Everard's manner reveals itself to be more sinister. The title character of Vera is not physically featured within the book, technically speaking, as she is Everard's deceased ex wife, however her presence is very much felt.

I went in to this title of Elizabeth von Arnim's after reading The Enchanted April by her, and let's just say they have two different tones, with Vera being much darker in nature - a psychological suspense even. That said, I did really enjoy my second experience with Elizabeth von Arnim, and am already eyeing which book of hers to read next.


Happy reading!

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