Here in Leeds it is raining. It has been for a couple of days. The sky is grey and when you step outside the atmosphere is humid and heavy. And, for once, there doesn’t seem to be any particular event or place I want to be this Bank Holiday weekend. So (as of 10 minutes ago) I’ve decided I’m going to declare this three day weekend an impromptu readathon and take a well earned rest. :)
I’m keen to finish the books I have bookmarks scattered in before I begin raiding my To Be Read shelves so here’s what’s currently in the pile by my bed:
In Praise of Messy Lives by Katie Roiphe
Personal essays about relationships, society, books and life. Halfway through, enjoying it a lot so far.
The Making of the British Landscape by Francis Pryor
Fascinating landscape history book that builds a picture of just how humans have shaped and developed their geography in the British Isles. I think it’s the best of all Pryor’s books based on what I’ve read so far but my copy is a heavy hardback… which is a pathetic excuse for not finishing it yet!
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
I’m on my third attempt to read this, persuaded to try again by my recent Coursera course on The Fiction of Relationship. I’ve only just started it but this time I am happier knowing I have video lectures and a forum to help me through it if I get stuck. I love Woolf’s non-fiction but her fiction has always been a struggle for me.
I’m not sure how long they’ll take to wrap up (and I’m not racing) but once I’ve finished with these three I’m looking forward to perusing the shelves and reading entirely on whim for a couple of days. I promise to share a photo of my stash (once I’ve chosen it) and daily progress reports. :)
I hope your weekend is shaping up to as bookishly delicious!