Mini Readathon Pile – 25AUG2013
Good morning, all. :)
Having finished In Praise of Messy Lives yesterday afternoon – I’m going to have fun reviewing it as it’s a brilliant, brave and deliberately baiting collection of essays guaranteed to offend and delight in equal measure – I woke up this morning with a bit of a bookish hangover and a craving for easier reading.
My goal yesterday was to finish three books I already had bookmarks in but I’m switching plans today because the other two books need to be read in chunks rather than in one gloriously indulgent binge.
The landscape history book is delicious but it contains a lot of information and ideas, it deserves to be consumed slowly and thought about. It’s not just a book you see, it’s a grand theory of how all the historical jigsaw pieces connect together and I am doing it a disservice trying to ‘wrap it up’ this weekend. I feel a bit guilty about blithely saying I would actually. Oops. Bad reader, Alex, bad!
I have a slightly different issue with To The Lighthouse. It won’t defeat me this time but I’m finding it impossible to read at anything faster than a snail’s pace, I can’t seem to synchronise with the book’s rhythm and so every page feels like Page 1 and I’m not able to relax and just go with it. I’m going to try reading a chunk each morning instead.
So, today and tomorrow I’m going to be diving into the pile of books above that I’ve raided from my shelves this morning. They’re not throwaway books by any means but my hope is that I can just drift away with them and lose myself in other places and times. :)
In case you can’t quite read the titles in my photo (from top to bottom):
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson
It feels like far too long since I’ve read an orange Penguin! I’ve got a few of Wilson’s books and this is the one I want to start with, it’s the story of a Professor looking back at his involvement in an Anglo-Saxon grave being uncovered in his youth that may not have been what it seemed. Forty years later his unshared doubts have cast a shadow on his life and family…
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
I haven’t read a book from my Classics Club list for months and months. In 1934 Laurie Lee walked from England to Spain and spent a year exploring a country about to be torn apart by civil war.
Two Days in the Life of the Terrestrial Globe by Vladimir Odoevsky
A collection of 19th century Russian short stories including the first piece of Russian science fiction and a much loved children’s story. I’ve had this on my shelf since last year, never tried Odoevsky’s work before and it seems a great choice for a readathon.
To The River by Olivia Laing
This is on loan from the library and I’m not sure if the author’s style is for me but the idea of the book caught my attention, it’s the story of Laing’s walk from the source of the Ouse, tracing the river’s course all the way to the sea.
Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther by Elizabeth von Arnim
I’m starting with this book – rather shamefully it’s been on my last two readathon piles without being read! It’s going to count for my Century of Book reading challenge and comes highly recommended for humour and quirky love story.
Four Hedges by Clare Leighton
I now have sole custody of the allotment I shared with the ex so I’m reading rather a lot of gardening books. This was borrowed from the library after reading Simon at Stuck in a Book‘s enthusiastic review and the promise of woodcuts rather than photos.
So that’s my readathon pile for today and tomorrow, rather eclectic and full of adventures. I know I am lucky to be single and self-employed and able to indulge in these bookish weekends but I hope you’ve all managed to sneak at least an hour or two’s reading in. :)