Monday, 12 October 2020

Reading Record | First Week of October

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.

Well, I haven't actually shared a reading record post since the end of June and we're in a whole other season now! Anyway, here are my notes on the reading I did in the first full week of October.

I am starting the week part way through two books: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (92 pages read so far) and Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain (3 hours listened to so far).

What I didn't start the week with however, was any reading. Not a single page read today.

I got my reading going today with 62 pages read in The Bear and the Nightingale; this is the first book in the Winternight trilogy, a series I have been wanting to get to for quite some time now. The story so far has been mostly scene setting, character introducing etc, and I'm quite enjoying it. Over the autumn season I hope to read all three books within this trilogy.

I did also listen to 30 minutes of my audiobook: Big Lies in a Small Town... I haven't formed much of an impression of this book so far, but I am questioning whether Diane Chamberlain's writing is for me in audiobook format. Hmm.

This morning I spent a good chunk of time meal prepping to fill the freezer a little and whilst doing that I was able to listen to an hour and a half of my audiobook.

A little reading in my physical book today - 30 pages.

Another day in which I multitasked house jobs with audiobook listening - 1 hour and 15 minutes read this way, but I did also top up that listen time later on in the day, ending with 2 hours 20 for the day as a whole. Things are getting interesting now in the story...

I continued with The Bear and the Nightingale also, with just under 70 pages read.

My only reading time today was with my audiobook - 1 hour and 20 minutes listened to whilst I cleaned today.

I started my day curled up under a blanket with a cup of tea and my book in hand - 59 pages read in The Bear and the Nightingale. This book is so engrossing and I just love how strong of a character Vasya is.

In the evening I read a further 34 pages of The Bear and the Nightingale, meaning I now have less than 100 pages until I have finished it... I hope I can do that by the end of the week.

I did try to listen to my audiobook today but I was having some technical difficulties with the library app, so that was a shame. 

The library app worked today - yay - and I was able to listen to 40 minutes of Big Lies in a Small Town. I know I briefly touched upon some uncertainties with this book earlier on in this post, but I think the slight disconnect goes beyond the book format itself... I usually love Diane Chamberlain's books, more often than not finding little fault, but with this one I'm finding the present day narrative of Morgan (this is a dual timeline book) kind of boring and repetitive to be honest... But I am loving the 1940's narrative, and all the mystery that surrounds Anna and the town of Edenton. I have 3 hours 45 minutes remaining of this book - it will be carried over into next week - so I'll see how I feel once I've completed it I guess.

Speaking of completing books, I finished The Bear and the Nightingale - HURRAH! This was a joy to read, very immersive, and I look forward to seeing where book two goes. I have a couple of library reserves that have sprung up on me earlier than I had anticipated, but I will definitely move on to book two of the Winternight trilogy after I've worked my way through the library borrows.


Happy reading!


  1. Love this post! Well done for finishing The Bear and the Nightingale! I won the trilogy a while ago but haven't picked it up as there's been so much hype about it that It's a bit overwhelming. I really want to try it soon though.

    1. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this series, I agree. Sometimes it is a better reading experience holding off on hyped books. I hope you enjoy the series when you do get round to reading it.

  2. I have the audio for The Bear and the Nightingale but had kind of forgotten about it. I'm glad to hear how much you enjoyed it! I hate when a dual timeline has one timeline that's just flat. It's just so frustrating. Hope you have a great week!

    1. Ooo... I bet The Bear and the Nightingale would make a great audiobook.

      Thanks, and to you!

  3. It's nice that you're able to sprinkle a little reading in most of those days. My reading has been down lately and I think a lot of it has to do with watching too much news (need to correct that ha), spend less time on Twitter and make myself actually pick up my books! Glad the reading week went well :)

    1. I have definitely had to force myself from those habits you've mentioned there also!

      I think it's important to not put pressure on yourself and your reading at this current moment in time, there is so much going on in the world right now, we don't need to add our own personal pressures!

      Thank you - I hope you've had a lovely week this week!

  4. I love this system! I'm in a bit of a slump right now, but keeping track of my reading on a daily basis would be a good way to keep myself accountable. I've been waiting to grab The Bear and the Nightingale, too, so I'm glad to see you liked it!

    1. Thank you!

      I think tracking things - reading, other habits etc - is a great way to not only hold yourself accountable, but it is great for giving yourself a deeper insight into said habits.

      I hope your reading picks up :-)

  5. I'm very interested in Bear and the Nightingale, too. Glad to see how much you liked it. As you are a person who enjoyed Snow Child, I think I should try to find Bear and Nightingale, too.

    1. I think you would quite like it, Deb - some interesting themes and wonderfully descriptive writing.

  6. I loved The Bear and Nightingale! It was a wonderful, atmospheric trilogy. I love this idea that your are doing here.

    1. Great to hear you enjoyed the trilogy - I look forward to picking up the rest even more so now.


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