Monday, 10 August 2020

A Weekend of Reading | 300+ Pages Read

I'm starting the weekend with bookmarks in three books: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (page 133 of 343), The Valley at the Centre of the World by Malachy Tallack (page 198 of 332), and Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (page 180 of 281).

I have been steadily reading these books since the beginning of August, and it would be nice to finish one of two of them this weekend.

During two sittings today I finished reading Endurance, a nonfiction book detailing Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to Antarctica. Whilst an expedition account, this is also a survival story; the men onboard the Endurance found themselves stranded in the polar region when their ship became locked in ice, eventually being crushed. For over a year they attempted to journey back to civilisation, and an arduous ordeal it was. The story of the crew onboard Endurance is an incredible one and it has been pieced together perfectly by Alfred Lansing. If you enjoy books about polar region travel or survival stories, then Endurance is a must read.

In the afternoon I returned to The Valley at the Centre of the World, reading a further 50 pages. I haven't picked this book up in a couple of days now and so it took me a good few pages to warm back up to the dialect used, however I soon fell back in to the story. I don't usually get on well with dialect in books, but I'm fine with it in this book.

Although I'm attempting to finish up some books, I did also start a new one before going to bed this evening, reading 41 pages of The Titanic Detective Agency by Lindsay Littleson.

Of course it would've made sense to just pick up one of my current reads, but I didn't feel in the mood for them... I'm very much a mood reader, and over the years I have learnt that listening to my mood makes me a much happier reader... Yes, even with multiple books on the go!

This morning I read the remaining 80ish pages I had left in The Valley at the Centre of the World, concluding an overall enjoyable reading experience. I didn't know much about this book going in to it - I hadn't heard others talk about it, and kind of just stumbled across it really - but it proved to be a gem of a read.

The book itself has no real plot, taking a look at the lives of the residents living in a valley on the Scottish island of Shetland. Well written, with fascinating and faceted characters - I didn't want this book to end.

In the evening I spent a little bit of time with Remarkable Creatures, reading to page 172.
Happy to have ended the week with two books finished, and progress made in others.


  1. Glad your books have been good! Endurance sounds amazing, and I've always been interested in the Antarctic expeditions, so I should try that one. And The Vallet at the Centre of the World sounds neat too- I love how remote Shetland is, and while I haven't been there I did watch the detective show Shetland (based on Ann Cleves' books- -I think?) and that made me even more interested.

    I'm a mood reader too so can definitely relate to that! :)

    1. Endurance is an amazing expedition book - highly recommend!

      There is definitely something very intriguing about remote islands in general. I haven't seen this show, but will definitely have to look out for it now!

  2. Endurance sounds interesting, but Valley at the Center of the World sounds like one I really need to read! Like Greg up there, I loved the show Shetland. Also a mood reader over here.

    1. I haven't seen, nor heard of, this Shetland show - to the best of my knowledge - but I'm intrigued by it now!

  3. I loved Endurance. It’s one of my favorite explorer books. Congrats on getting two books finished.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I can totally see why it is a favourite book of yours within the exploring/expedition realms.

  4. Sounds like you've got some great reads going. I've not read any of these, but I've enjoyed all of the Tracy Chevalier books that I have read.

    1. This was my first reading experience of Tracy Chevalier, and much like your own, it was positive!


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