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April Readathon

11:06 am

Today is Dewey’s Readathon.  I think this is probably the sixth time I’ve taken part in this.  And I nearly didn’t sign up this time, kept changing my mind for several days.  Right now I’m thinking that probably deciding against it would have been a better idea.  Mostly because I’m tired and not feeling 100% well (I’ve had a cold which turned to very painful sinusitis which is clearing up but I feel off today).

But I will be reading because I need a lazy day catching up on some rest and trying to do something about the ridiculous amount of books I have in my flat with the status of to be read or TBR.

I’m undecided about what I’ll be reading and in what order but it’ll probably involve some actually books, a kindle book and definitely I’ll listen to a bit of my current audiobook (Sophia’s War by Avi) because 1) I’m really enjoying it and 2) I can do other stuff like make food and my crochet while listening to it.  I have a review scheduled for Monday and I need to finish reading that book.  I’d intended to read it pre readathon but the book I was reading before that took longer than I expected to finish – I think because as sometimes happens the kindle page numbering was off.  My kindle said it was an unabridged version of Mill on The Floss by George Elliot and had 340 pages.  But it felt a lot longer and the 1001 books app, amazon and goodreads all say it’s 500 pages which feels more likely.

Now I’m writing this and thinking about it more I’m feeling more interested in the idea.  But before I start reading I must get ready to face the day and then visit the supermarket.

I think my first book might by The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom but knowing what I’m like I’ll probably change my mind again by the time I’ve been shopping and am home again and reading.

 

Update 2 – 4:01pm

So, as predicted plans got derailed and I didn’t start with The Time Keeper.  I am very definitely reading that next however.

I had a bit of a problem with my powerchair (I accidentally drove it off the path onto the grass when trying to avoid the bin which had been left slightly blocking my front door. It’s happened before and it’s been fine but it’s been so wet the last few days the grass was boggy and I sunk a bit and got stuck) and ended up starting reading Unwell by Marie Chow on the Kindle app on my phone whilst I awaited rescue.  The kindle book I’d wanted to read wasn’t on there despite my sending it to my kindle last night so I went with that.  I was only reading it for 20 minutes before rescue arrived but I was hooked so when I was rescued, had been to the supermarket and was home with some lunch in front of me I went back to it and read the rest of it in one go.  In total it took me about two and a half hours to read Unwell.  It was really good.  I don’t want to say too much because I’m taking part in Marie’s blog tour and have agreed to review it in a couple of weeks. But it’s highly worth reading and pretty unusual.  I’m actually glad I’ve got some time to think before I write the review so I can do it justice (I usually read things right before I review them).

Title: Unwell

Author: Marie Chow

Pages: 275

Format: ebook (read on the kindle app on my phone then on my kindle)

Why did I choose this: It was available for a blog tour and I thought it sounded like something really interesting and different to my usual fare.

Did I like it: yes definitely

Would I recommend it or lend it to someone else: yes to both.

If you’ve ever read my blog before you might know that I really like quotes.  One of the things I thought it might be fun to do for the readathon was to find a quote from everything I read to share here.  That was actually harder than I thought for Unwell but here’s what I’ve settled on.  It’s from relatively near the end of the book but I don’t think it spoils it:

“It’s easy when you’re young and brave to believe and hope.  To tell yourself: I will let go of the bad and only remember the good.  To admit that holding onto anger hurts you more than it hurts anyone else.  But I can’t and I won’t.  I know myself well enough to know I’ve never really let go of any anger or perceived injustices.  Yes, yes, maybe I could, maybe I just don’t want to.”

 Update 3 – 7:30pm

I just blew through The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom in about an hour and a quarter (according to the clock it was just under an hour and a half but I threw some potatoes in the oven for jackets in the middle of that and my Mum rang).  That’s the fourth of his books that I’ve read and I’ve found them all very quick reads that draw you in and make you wish they were a lot longer.  But that said I really thought The Time Keeper ended at the perfect point despite it’s leaving me wondering about a couple of things.  I was thinking that I’d be passing this on to my mum to read but she told me she’s already read it and she really enjoyed it too.  I think is the best of his fiction books that I’ve read but overall I probably enjoyed his nonfiction Tuesdays with Morrie more.  That said I’ve not read that for several years so it might be I would change my mind if I reread it.

Title: The Time Keeper

Author: Mitch Albom

Pages: 238

Format: paperback book

Why did I choose this: I spotted it about six months ago (I want to say it was last October) in Waterstones and it caught my eye because I’ve enjoyed all the previous Mitch Albom books I’ve read.  The idea of a book about Father Time seemed fun.  I pulled it out for the readathon because I thought it would be quick and enjoyable which it was.

Did I like this: so, so much.  I’d say I liked it more than I did Unwell (the book I read first for the readathon) but they are so different it’s hard to compare them and that doesn’t mean Unwell isn’t good.

Would I recommend it or lend it to someone else: I would very very highly recommend it.  But I’d only lend it to someone if I could guarantee I’d get it back.

There were a lot of quotes from The Time Keeper I wanted to remember and could have shared but I’ve chosen this one:

“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. an alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”  

Update 4 – 9:08pm

So a couple of weeks ago I had some time to kill whilst waiting for my friend. And I was at London Waterloo station where there’s a shiny new branch of Foyles so you know the 20 or whatever minute wait was all about books.  One of the books that caught my eye was The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith.  It seemed from the blurb and first few pages that I read that it woud be good.  But it’s only 64 pages long and not only that but in terms of the size of the pages it’s tiny (seriously one of the smallest fiction books I’ve ever seen) so I figured it probably wasn’t worth the money and left it there.  But then earlier tonight I figured why not see if it was available on Kindle and when it was I bought it. This may have been a mistake. But it was something I wanted to read and it filled 40 minutes or so while I ate my dinner so all in all it was worth it.

Title: The Embassy of Cambodia

Author: Zadie Smith

Pages: 64

Format: ebook (kindle app on my PC)

Why did I choose this: It really caught my eye in a shop because of its unusual size and bright colours and I thought it sounded good. So when I was thinking I wanted something very very quick to read next I decided to buy it from Amazon this evening

Did I like this: I wouldn’t say it was bad but I would say it doesn’t really seem to have a plot as such.  Which is fine because not all books do.  But I didn’t understand what this did have and what the point of it was.

Would I recommend this or lend it to someone else: No.  In fact I’m planning to send some books to the charity shop soon and if not for the fact this was an ebook it would definitely be one of the ones going without any hesistation.

No quote for this one because I couldn’t find anything worth quoting or remembering.

Time for a break now I think.

Update 5 – 12:26am

So I’ve decided that the readathon is stupid and I’m never, ever, doing it again.  And I really mean it this time.

 

The slightly more rational part of me knows that it’s bedtime and I’m tired and remembers thinking and making a similar decision with each readathon I’ve ever done before for similar reasons. And I probably don’t really mean it this time when it comes down to it.  But it’s definitely a bit of a love hate relationship for me because I love taking a day out to read and relax yet get annoyed by certain parts of it that don’t work for me. I should totally just ignore those but it’s easier said than done!

In the meantime I should add to my reading totals for today that I listened to an hour and a quarter of my audiobook – Sophia’s War by Avi and I should finally be able to finish that tomorrow.  I was stretching and chilling for part of that time and then I did some crochet for the rest of it which was nice.

I’ll be reading again tomorrow and may update this post then but for now I really must call it a night (even if that probably means I’ll end up listening to more of Sophia’s War as I go to sleep)

One Comment

  • Lisa

    I hope you feel better soon! I was sick last readathon so
    Ended up sleeping through half of it. I made up for it the next day 🙂 what matters is you have fun doing it! Not how much or how little time.

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