The weather is boring and miserable outside and I haven’t been cycling in far too long. I’ve started doing the Couch to 5km running plan after Verity
graciously accepted my totally taking over her idea suggested it, but I’ve struggled to find the motivation to get outside. The Physicist has come home with a dreadful cold of which I want no part, so I am guzzling orange juice and Berocca by the litre and keeping him out of the kitchen, stuffed full of medicine.
This week’s reviews have been:
Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden – 6/10 – a slightly bizarre memoir of the uber-rich.
Sister by Rosamund Lupton – 8/10 – I loved this until I turned the last page and there wasn’t another one! See review for full rant.
I read Elizabeth Peters’ Crocodile on the Sandbank and enjoyed it so much that I have ordered a whole batch from the rest of the series, and read Emily Arsenault’s The Broken Teaglass, which was so-so. Reviews to come. I started The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory last night and my inner book snob, romantic and good-story-lover are all fighting with one another. Victory report to appear soonish.
Work continues to pick up in stress and volume, and I’m back to a full cyclable commute as of Monday (and am quite tempted to just throw myself in, 80 miles in a week after hardly cycling for 2 months, that won’t be a problem, will it?), so I am expecting reading time to be cut down a bit.
I have however (Goodreads tells me) read 69 books this year, bringing me very close to my target of 75 for the year! So I’ll be celebrating that achievement when I reach it, and then extending the goal to 100. That includes a few DNFs (as readers saw this week) but I think they still count as I always read 100 pages (or 25% of an ebook) and I go to the effort of reviewing them and saying WHY I didn’t like them. And I have struggled on to the end with quite a few that, on reflection, I should have abandoned earlier (A Visit to the Goon Squad being one).
I’m also thinking of introducing a reading schedule – I’ve been somewhat inundated with review copies recently (not complaining!) and I feel like I’m not managing my reading very well. Also I have borrowed a shedload (bucketload?) of books from The Book Accumulator and Mini-Me and I should give them back at some point. Not to mention a copy of The Help which I borrowed from a friend last February and still haven’t opened. So I’m proposing a rotation:
1 physical review copy
1 own book
1 library book
1 NetGalley/GalleyGrab review copy
1 own book
1 borrowed book
Lather, rinse, repeat. What do you think?
Do tell me about your week’s activities and reading in the comments below!