I was given the “Little Women” series for Christmas – Little Women, Good Wives, Jo’s Boys and Little Men. I’ve read the first two before but adore Little Women.
Who’s up for a read-along month? May seems the obvious month given the author’s name…
And does anyone else love re-reading “childhood” books?
A bit of fun I found on Twitter the other day, courtesy of @BloomsburyBooks: how fast do you read? Courtesy of this timer which seems to have been organised by Staples – you can read between 4 and 12 paragraphs while it times you and then gives you a short test to see how well you remember what you read.
I scored 731 words per minute – higher than “high-level executives” and college students, but below “high-level college students”. (I’m intrigued by the fact that college students read faster than executives at the highest levels)
The next click-through floored me though: “at this rate, you could read War and Peace in 13 hours and 23 minutes”. It’s going to take me 13 1/2 hours???? That is the entire duration of a flight from London to Singapore, from boarding to disembarking. (and I couldn’t read that fast for that long. For a start, I’d need a coffee break and a toilet break).
If you’re interested in how fast you read, click here to try it out for yourself!
Musing Mondays, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading, is:
Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
So I’m reading Of Love and Other Wars by Sophie Hardach – the stories of some Jewish and Quaker characters from the outbreak of WWII. It’s quite readable and given my recent streak of DNFs, I’m not keen to abandon this one, but it is slow going. I think it’s because the author is trying to have too many threads of the story going (Esther as a young girl and now as an adult, Miriam & Paul, Paul on his own, Charlie, Grace and Morten/Max). I know that the characters are linked but I cannot remember how Grace and Max fit into the stories of the others, and I’m not really all that interested in Esther even though I should be because she’s a vibrant young physicist.
Oh well, I’ll carry on.
Just checking in briefly before I’m off to my first cricket training of the season. I expect not to be able to move tomorrow. Haven’t touched a bat in… 5 months.
There was a Tube strike this week so I dusted off the beloved Cecily (the bicycle) and we had some lovely trips across Westminster Bridge. In the rain. And the wind. But it felt good to be back on the bike.
Last weekend I finished The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared which was funny and fun and generally A Good Read. This week I raced through Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean – a gorgeous cozy mystery.