My exams are now done! And dusted and finished with etc. I am hugely relieved to have got all the examination-based qualification for a promotion to the Big Calculator level (chartered accountant) out of the way. I still have some time-qualification and review requirements but all the hard stuff is out of the way.
Which means a return to reading! And blogging! So without further ado, the last few Booking Through Thursdays:
What’s the latest you’ve ever stayed up reading a book? Is staying up late reading a usual thing for you?
I’m pretty certain I answered this question recently (it was a Musing Mondays question) but I have some new answers now.
In search of a light, brain-involvement-free read during my exams, I stayed up till 1am a few nights ago reading The Horse Whisperer from beginning to end. Yes, I’m ashamed, but now I’ve read it and I can get it off my shelf. I also stayed up reading most of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and wasn’t hugely impressed… it was just entertaining enough to keep reading but on the whole it was pretty sad.
Staying up late reading is definitely NOT a usual thing for me. I’m a 11/11.3opm bedtime girl, and because I’m almost always up between 7-7.30 weekdays and I need my beauty sleep (or rather, my sane-and-not-grumpy-with-the-whole-world sleep) I tend not to get sucked into “oh I’ll just read a few pages” because I know I can’t.
What’s the first book that you ever read more than once? (I’m assuming there’s at least one.)
What book have you read the most times? And–how many?
Goodness only knows. I would make a stab at anything by Enid Blyton, or maybe Blinky Bill (that’s the first book I actually remember reading by myself). Harry Potter is a contender for most re-reads, so is the whole Anne of Green Gables series – particularly books 1 and 3. I spent school terms re-reading the Saddle Club and Thoroughbred series from beginning to end.
There are so many crappy biographies … would you rather read a poorly-written biography of a fascinating life, OR an exquisitely well-written, wonderful read of one of a not-so-interesting life?
Good quality, every time. I’m not a big one to read biographies; the last one I remember is one of Rosamund Franklin (who discovered DNA along with Watson and Crick, but history rarely remembers her), which I read when I was about 17.
Were I to read more biographies – quality. Often there is great interest in an “uninteresting” person’s life – different times and ways, life in a different social class or profession.