Monday, 24 August 2020

A Day of Reading | Thursday 20th August


CURRENTLY READING
The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare - 32 minutes of 10 hours 38 minutes

My only aim for today is to make progress with these books.

The way my reading has been lately, these books are likely to see me until the end of August - I have been reading at a slow but steady pace. I am in the early stages of all three books, and enjoying them all so far... I'm looking forward to seeing how they all pan out.

7.50am | I wanted to start my day by reading some of Once Upon a River, but I was having trouble loading the library app (this happens often), so I picked up Where the Crawdads Sing instead, reading 30 pages.

There is such a beauty & fragility to this story.

10.30am | I read a further 22 pages in Where the Crawdads Sing, pausing at the start of part 2.

So many emotions when reading this book... And the rawness of Kya as a character is just SO WELL WRITTEN.

11.25am | Got the library app working - hurrah - and read 25 pages of Once Upon a River. 

7.10pm | Yep, a big jump in time, with no reading done all afternoon. 

I listened to 35 minutes of The Iron Trial whilst in the bath, meaning I have passed the hour mark of this audio. 

One thing I'm finding a little bothersome about listening to this book, as opposed to reading it, is the main characters name... He is called Callum, which I would read as 'Cal-lum' but it is being read as 'Call-um', with the nickname 'Call' and it just feels all wrong to me. Random thing to note.

8.30pm | Last bit of reading for the day, spending thirty minutes with Once Upon a River and reading a further 22 pages.
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THOUGHTS ON MY CURRENT READS SO FAR
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I've had this book sitting on my shelf for a while now, and was honestly hesitant to pick it up due to the LARGE amount of praise it was receiving (I know I'm not the only one that is a little intimidated by hyped books)... But so far, I can see it was all indeed true & deserved. I know Delia Owens has published some nonfiction works previously, but I'm kind of blown away by the fact that this is a DEBUT NOVEL.

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Although less than 100 pages in, I feel like this book really embodies storytelling... I realise this probably sounds a bit weird if you haven't read the book, however I feel like perhaps it would make perfect sense to those who have.

The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
This is the first book in a five part series (Magisterium) following a boy who ends up attending magic school... I enjoy magic books, particularly those of kids learning to do magic, so I'm enjoying it so far. There are a lot of Goodreads reviews stating this book is a HP rip off - but I mean, there are a lot of books out there within the MG/YA realms of kids going to magic schools, so I don't know... I've gone in open minded.
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Some days you read a lot, some days you read nothing, but a lot of my reading days look like this with snatches of reading here & there and that slow but steady pace I mentioned in the opening of this post.
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  1. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield is on my TBR.
    Slow and steady sounds good to me!

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    1. After my slump earlier this year, my reading picked up greatly, but it now seems to be tapering off a little - and I'm leaning in to that slow but steady pace; happily so.

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  2. I'm at various places in about three books right now, too! Sometimes it's nice to have variety.

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    1. Oh, I do love variety in my reading. I hope you are enjoying all your current reads :-)

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  3. I felt the same about Crawdads - but I totally loved it. One of the best books I read that year for sure. :) Once Upon a River looks really good!

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    1. There was a lot of 'best books' buzz surrounding Where the Crawdads Sing - & now I see why!

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  4. I find myself reading more in snippets too lately, rather than long uninterrupted blocks of time. And The Iron Trial sounds like a good series, I remember seeing those.

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    1. I'm not the only one then!! After my reading slump earlier this year, I found I was reading a lot, but this seems to be tapering off now... Not in a bad way though! I am enjoying this new pace of snippets here & there. I hope this way of reading is working for you currently.

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  5. I’m part of the Crawdads hype. Parts of it are kind of pretentious, but I loved the nature writing. Diane Setterfield is an author I need to read someday.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. All the nature writing, including the ways in which nature was woven in to the plot, is what made Where the Crawdads Sing for me - such a good book... The nature, and the character development of Kya.

      I have now read two books by Diane Setterfield and enjoyed them both - I hope you're able to read her writing someday.

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