October Wrap Up & November TBR (Including AYearAThon)

Throughout October I didn’t do that much reading sadly, but I participated in the AYearAThon and posted about it here.

So for the readathon I read part of Northern Lights, some individual poems, an extract, and an article. For the rest of the month I read:

  • Some extracts from Personal Narrative of Travels of the New Continent During the Years 1799-1804 by Alexander Von Humboldt
  • Part of Findings by Kathleen Jamie
  • Part of Travels in Alaska by John Muir
  • Part of At the Yeoman’s House by Ronald Blythe
  • Part of The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau

I’m disappointed that I only read parts of books and didn’t actually finish any books, but hopefully, November will be my reading comeback!

Because I’m writing this on the 5th of November I’ve already read the poems by Robinson Jeffers, Gary Snider, and Judith Wright that I needed to read for class, then the November AYearAThon is the 6th to the 12th (with details here) and so I’m planning to read:

  • The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • A Sand County Almanac: With Other Essays on Conservation by Leopold Aldo
  • The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

Then for the rest of the month would like to read:

  • The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
  • “From Practitioner to Practitioner-Researcher” by Robin Nelson
  • “Creative Writing as a Research Method” by Jon Cook
  • The Last Canyon by John Vernon
  • Dart by Alice Oswald
  • The Luminous Coast by Jules N. Pretty
  • Beechcombings: The Narratives of Trees by Richard Mabey
  • Nature Cure by Richard Mabey
  • Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill
  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

I’ll be doing an AYearAThon wrap-up at the end of the week and then a November wrap-up at the end of the month so see you then, and comment if you’ve read any of these books or are also planning to!

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Yearathon Wrap Up (+ Altered October TBR)

I sadly didn’t have a very productive October Yearathon as I have been ill with freshers flu but uni is now underway and so I did get a little reading done.

Firstly I just read 1 chapter of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, which I’m really enjoying but am getting through really slowly. I have read this book before but only vaguely remember it.

Then there were some changes in the reading for one of my university modules so I read some things which weren’t in my Yearathon TBR but that I needed to read this week:

  • “Nutting” by William Wordsworth
  • “Kubla Khan: Or a Vision in a Dream. A Fragment” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • “Darkness” by Lord Byron
  • “I am” by John Clare
  • An extract from A Defence of Poetry by Percy Shelley
  • An article about the ethics of zoos

So I didn’t read very much as the first four are just individual poems and then the extract and article were small, but hopefully, I’ll be reading more in next month’s Yearathon.

Due to the changes in my course reading my TBR for October as a whole has changed quite a bit too and so my new list is:

  • Extracts from Personal Narrative of Travels of the New Continent During the Years 1799-1804 by Alexander Von Humboldt
  • “The Trouble With Wilderness: Getting Back to the Wrong Nature” by William Cronon
  • Findings by Kathleen Jamie
  • Travels in Alaska by John Muir
  • Extracts from Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin
  • Extracts from Notes From Walnut Tree Farm by Roger Deakin, Alison Hastie, and Terence Blacker
  • At the Yeoman’s House by Ronald Blythe
  • The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau
  • Some poems by Robinson Jeffers, Gary Snider, and Judith Wright
  • Extracts of The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Thanks for reading and see you next time, comment if you also took part in the Yearathon and if you did more reading in it than me!

October 2017 TBR (Including Yearathon TBR)

Welcome back to my blog after another year-long hiatus because uni always takes up more time than I expect, meaning that I tend to stop blogging or just post sporadically. However,  I wanted to start it up again this year and actually try to stick to it by using the blog as an aid to my uni course. I felt like that would be useful and allow me to keep updating my blog without feeling bad that I’m not doing uni work, so a lot of the books on this blog will be ones that I am studying on my Masters course.

Therefore, this month’s to-be-read list is mostly uni books and I am going to take part in just one readathon as I haven’t done any for so long.

The Yearathon is taking place in this first week of October and therefore I am planning to read a bunch of uni books as I would like to get ahead before term gets busy. This means that I’m not sticking to the theme of the readathon but I will be participating in the challenge. The October Yearathon can be found here and the theme this month is LGBTQ+, while the challenge is to read poetry or short stories.

First off I want to finish reading Findings by Kathleen Jamie which I am really enjoying so far and I am counting as part of the challenge because it’s a collection of short essays (basically the same as reading a bunch of short stories right?). Another course book that I want to get through this week is Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Robert Deakin although I only need to read a few small sections so I am also going to count this as part of the challenge. Lastly, I just need to read a section of Notes from Walnut Tree Farm, and At the Yeoman’s House by Ronald Blythe which is a short book so I am actually counting all of these as part of the challenge.

I am also currently reading Northern Lights by Philip Pullman as a non-uni book so would like to finish that this month but it depends if I am sick of reading after my uni books.

Then the rest of my uni reading for the month will be:

  • The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
  • Beside the Ocean of Time by George Mackay Brown
  • Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill
  • And finally some poems by Robinson Jeffers

I’ll do a wrap-up of my Yearathon reading at the end of the week and then a monthly wrap-up at the end of the month, along with possibly doing some posts about specific books if I have time.

Thanks for reading and see you next time, comment and tell me if you are reading any of the same books this month or if you’re participating in the Yearathon this month too!

October AYearAThon

I took part in the AYearAThon for the first time last month and posted about it here. I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it again as I didn’t know if I’d be able to stick to the themes but was tweeted by the AYearAThon twitter account after my last post saying that themes are optional so here I am again! I did try to fit my reading into the theme (mental health), just loosely, and then hardly got around to reading anything anyway as I was busy with the start of the university year.

I was still reading George Orwell’s 1984 when the readathon started and so first off I finished that which was okay, but not great. I was disappointed with it really; it just wasn’t my sort of thing, it was just too depressing, I didn’t connect with the main character on any level, and just never got gripped into the story. It picked up slightly nearer the ending but ultimately just felt like it was a bit of a letdown and lacked any sort of moral or message that interested me.

Finally finished reading 1984! 😃📚

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I then had to read the first chapter of Regeneration Through Violence by Richard Slotkin for one of my classes which took me a lot longer than I wanted it to because I dislike reading theory and am just really slow at getting through that sort of thing. It was kind of interesting; talking about the creation and continuation of myths, but as it is still the start of term I am unsure how it will be fitting into my course and be useful.

It was only then that I started on my mental health themed books, and didn’t even get close to finishing them. I just read 2 chapters of my anxiety book, and 2 of The Ego and the Id by Sigmund Freud, which is for my dissertation and which was better than I thought, I felt like it was a little clearer than his writing normally is, although I’m not very far in and I may just be getting used to the way he writes rather than him getting clearer.

So I didn’t really get far in this readathon but felt like it was still worth posting about because I still got more done than I would have otherwise just because I was so busy and not really interested in what I was reading.

Here is the link to the AYearAThon Goodreads group.

And then my next post will probably be a wrap up for one of my next readathons this month; Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon which you can find here, or the Duodecathon which is here. Subscribe if you want to see my posts on those, and comment below if you’ve read 1984 and if you agree or disagree with me 🙂

AYearAThon – September 2016

I think this is my first time taking part in AYearAThon despite having been in the Goodreads group for quite a while (which you can find here: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/123987-ayearathon). The theme for this month was small books, specifically under 200 pages, which was quite nice as it made me feel like I was doing a lot more reading than I actually was just because I was getting through the books so quickly (although half of these aren’t really books I guess).

I started off with a small poetry book from my university’s writing society that I got early this year, then went into the the samplers that I got from Yalc in July (which I talked about a little in this post: https://emlinian.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/july-august-book-wrap-up-september-tbr/).

The first sampler was for Ink by Alice Broadway which I thought was amazing and just had such an interesting concept as it’s based in a world where once somebody dies their skin is stretched out and made into a book about their life based on the tattoos everyone is given for certain events in their life. I would say that this was my favourite sampler and would love to read the full book.

My second one was then Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe which is about a girl going to see her girlfriend for the first time since they met online. It was a really cute story, yet I feel like the teaser was a short story on its own, and so although I liked it I don’t think I’ll pick up the whole book.

Next up was This Raging Light by Estelle Laure which was is about a girl whose parents have left her alone with her younger sister and so she’s trying to look after her sister while pretending that her mum is still there and that everything is okay. It was actually my least favourite sampler, mainly because I felt like it was aimed at a younger audience than me so I couldn’t connect with it so much. I’ve still added it to my to-read shelf on Goodreads though so I may still get around to read the whole book.

I then moved onto Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven which I really liked, and is a dual-perspective novel between a boy and a girl as she starts at his school. I like dual-perspective books and I loved the voice of Jack and the concept of a character who can’t recognise the faces of the people around him just because it’s such a foreign idea to me. Another one that I’d really like to read the whole book for.

Next up was All Fall Down by Ally Carter, the first book in the Embassy Row Series, which I feel like I still can’t describe after reading the sampler but I’ve really enjoyed the Gallagher Girls and Heist Society Series’ and even considered picking up this book before so although the sampler was just fine rather than amazing it is still a book that I want to read and will probably get around to.

The last sampler was a book that contained 2 stories; Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt, and Broken Sky by L.A. Weatherly. I started with Unconventional and was a bit disappointed as I’d loved the cover but the story wasn’t what I’d thought that it would be, but it still seemed promising so I’d like to read it and found her other novel The Last Summer of Us on Goodreads which I think sounds even better. Broken Sky is then the first in the series and about a girl on the run which seems like it’ll be really action packed, the same sort of feel as lots of Sophie McKenzie’s books which I love. One that I definitely would like to read the rest of.

I then read Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell, which I thought was a sampler but actually just a short story, focused on a girl who goes to wait in a line for a few days before a Star Wars premier. Not being a fan of Star Wars, and having never been to, let alone waiting in line for, a movie premier, I didn’t really get into the book in that aspect, but the general story was okay, just not amazing.

I then finished Beyond the Pleasure Principle by Sigmund Freud which I had already started before the readathon. This was just a book I needed to read for uni, and frankly, I hated it because I always find it hard to follow Freud’s writing and so it was just really tedious to read and I’m going to have to look at some summaries and notes online to check I didn’t miss any important points.

Lastly, I read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, which is technically over 200 pages, but not by much so I decided that I was going to count it. I am so glad that I read this book because I had wanted to for ages but never got around to it, then I got the Zoella book bundle which included it and thought that I’d read it for the readathon, and it was seriously one of the best books that I’ve ever read. I want to do a whole post just on this book though so that’ll be up later on.

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I’d love to do the AYearAThon again but it depends, on what the themes are as I’m going to have to read a lot more uni books from now and so will be more restricted on what themes I could do, and I’d rather read the books that I own but haven’t read than spend money on new books to fit with the themes.