April 2013 Readathon

Today is the Readathon!

I’ll be updating this entry on and off throughout the day with what I’m reading and my thoughts etc. Currently I’m one book behind where I need to be to hit my 2013 reading goal according to goodreads. My goal is 150 books and I’ve read 46 this year. My goal was lower but it became very obvious it was a bit low. This goal however might be a bit of a stretch. Lots of short books today I think.

I’ll be starting an hour late I suspect. And I keep changing my mind about what’s first.

3:11pm

I’ve read for an hour so far. I finished a book I started yesterday – Home Front Girls by Rosie Goodwin – I had about 135 pages of it left. I received a review copy of it from the publisher so I’ll be writing a full review in the next few days. For now I’ll just say that it kept surprising me and I really enjoyed it. I had decided that I’d leave all of my WIP books for the Readathon but just as I found this hard to put down yesterday I decided I couldn’t leave it and read something else. I had to know what happened!

6:37pm

It’s not the Readathon until I’ve read a Babysitters Club book. So I read a BSC mystery. Claudia and the Clue in the Photograph by Ann M Martin. That one definitely showed its age in a few places and was pretty silly. But as unrealistic as it was it was also kinda fun to read.

I then started listening to the audiobook of The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes. I listened to about 30 minutes of it lying on my bed and then I dozed off for another 30 or so minutes. You know when you start a book and pretty much straight away know its gonna be really good? This was like that for me.

7:39pm

I just finished reading The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde. That’s the third one in that series I’ve read in the last couple if weeks after being given the first one for World Book Night (I was given it a week early). I’m really enjoying the series but preferred the first two. Time for a break from it I think. This was the last of my WIP books and I read about 53 pages to finish it.

10:07pm

I took a break to mooch online and then make some dinner (southern fried chicken, new potatoes and peas in case you were interested. One of my favourites and it was yummy.). I’ve been listening to more of The Sense of An Ending. In total I’ve listened to 1 hour, 43 minutes of it now.

I suspect I have time for one more reading session before my uncaffeinated body demands sleep. (Yes this coca cola obsessed crip has now gone 3 days without any. Win.). I’m debating between a couple of books. Whatever I finish next will be my 50th book of the year. I’d really like to hit that goal tonight.

11:45pm

I finished my 50th book of the year!

It was Things I’ve Learned From Knitting (Whether I Wanted To Or Not) by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. And it’s made me want to get stuck back into knitting properly again just like I’d hoped it would. It made me laugh too. I’ve never really read her blog but I probably should check it out. When I’m not so tired however.

According to Goodreads I am now 3 books ahead of schedule for my 150 books goal. I’m really pleased about that because I think May will be a month of reading long books.

Long Time No Blog

It’s not like me to leave it over two weeks between blog entries for no reason but that appears to be what I’ve done. I keep telling people I’m going to blog about things or thinking that I should.  And I have a couple of entries in drafts which I should really finish and post.

But I’m not very motivated at the moment.

I’ve also had another UTI (we think) necessitating my third course of antibiotics for one this year although only a short course this time.  There have been mutterings about my needing to go back and see about going on another three month course of antibioics.  I had been thinking if I got another UTI soon ish after this one I’d probably need to see about that because that would be number four but… The nurse was definitely right when she said we need to look at a long term solution. And we know from both 2004 and 2011 when I got stuck in a cycle of UTIs that medium term prophylaxis works great for me (assuming it was done the same as before I would be given one low dose of a specific antibiotic a day for three months).  So it’s a good thing.  But it’s also a bit meh.

Both of my wheelchairs are in need of some TLC as well.  Thankfully the NHS will cover my manual being sorted and hopefully getting the powerchair serviced (because amongst other things it’s making a terrible noise and Dad got grease all over his hand when he reached in to spray it – which shouldn’t happen) won’t be too expensive.

Generally I feel like I haven’t coped very well over the last few weeks.  But that said they were relatively busy and some of the stuff was beyond my control which I often find stressful.  For the most part it worked out.  That said one of my best friend came round at some point last week took one look at me and the state of my lounge and went “you’re not coping. Are you ok?”  I am getting it together a lot better now and getting things off the todo list and achieving more.

It hasn’t always been easy and today I am tired. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel again (even if my tiredness today means I don’t think it comes across) and that’s definitely something. 🙂

I love life…Yeah, I’m sad, but at the same time, I’m really happy that something could make me feel that sad. It’s like…It makes me feel alive, you know. It makes me feel human. The only way I could feel this sad now is if I felt something really good before. So I have to take the bad with the good. So I guess what I’m feeling is like a beautiful sadness.
South Park

You Know You’re A Book Blogger When…

…you go to a club (Varsity in Cardiff) as part of your soon to be Sister in Law’s Hen Weekend. And some book shelves on one wall catch your eye.

Lots of books there. And as much as you’re enjoying dancing part of you wants to go check the books out, wonders what the deal is (are they just to read there or is it a book crossing thing) and wishes there were enough light to look at them properly. But more than anything you love to dance and don’t get to do it enough so you leave the books and lose yourself in the music.

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(image shows bookcases in a club with some books on. There are chairs in front, some of which have coats on. The picture isn’t overly clear because everything is tinted red by the lights in the club)