March & April Reading Wrap Up

Hi all!

I didn’t do a wrap up last month so am combining it with this one into a two month wrap up of a mighty 14 books!

So admittedly, these are mostly audiobooks but I still count it and am really happy to have gotten through so many. March started off with the Yearathon which I posted about here and where I started reading Winter by Marissa Meyer which I’m still reading now, and finished 2 Harry Potter books; The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire.

The next three weeks were then spent traveling about Ireland with my boyfriend and during these long drives we listened to the last Harry Potter books; The Order of the Pheonix, The Half-Blood Prince, and The Deathly Hallows. I loved this whole re-read through and will be sure to do it again sometime. The only physical book that I finished was the Berlitz Dublin Pocket Guide, which was perfect for what I wanted as it had lots of great place recommendations and also a few bits of info on each place so that I could pester my boyfriend with cool facts about everywhere we went in Dublin. We began Sylvain Neuvel’s Themis Files series, finishing both Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods. I hadn’t previously heard of this series or author but absolutely loved both books. Sadly the third book was then only released on the 1st of May so I’m excited to read that this month! I then listened to The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella which was pretty good, and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon which I have mixed feelings about but am planning to continue with the series at some point.

This then marked the end of our driving through Ireland, but had reignited my love for audiobooks so I began working through some of the unread titles in my library; The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rob Dobelli and How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I found The Art of Thinking Clearly boring and repetitive, while How to Win Friends and Influence People was better. I then took a break from the non-fiction with Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland which was great, all about books, families, and relationships. Lastly, I went for The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg which I found fascinating although again was a little repetitive.

I doubt I’ll read anywhere near as many books in May but will hopefully get through a couple at least, tell me in the comments if you’ve read any of these and what you thought! See you next time 🙂

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March #AYearAThon Wrap Up

Hi all!

I took part in the yearathon again this month.

The theme was retellings for which I started reading Winter by Marissa Meyer, the last book in the Luner Chronicles series. I’m enjoying this so far but am getting through it slowly so am still not very far.

However, for the challenge of marathoning a series I continued with listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks, finishing both The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire. I’m loving this rereading and am listening to these as much as possible, enthralled once more in the wizarding world.

The April Yearathon is from the 2nd to the 8th and has the theme of books that have been sitting on your shelf for a while, with the challenge of one-word titles. I think have quite a lot of books that will fit both of these categories so will hopefully get a lot of reading done and clear my tbr shelves a little!

See y’all at my monthly wrap-up!

February Wrap Up

Hi all!

Hope you’ve had a good February! I’ve got a bunch of reading done so am really pleased with that, kicking off the month with the #AYearAThon readathon which I posted about here, in which I finished reading Tom McCarthy’s Remainder and Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories. I also started reading Teju Cole’s Open City which I haven’t finished, and Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling and which I did finish. I have since also finished The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz which was good but very strange, and Descender Vol.2.

Other than Descender, these were all audiobooks which is how I was able to read so much this month but I’ve enjoyed my reading this month and am currently reading Zadie Smith’s NW and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

How did your reading go this month and did any of you read any good books?

February #AYearAThon Wrap Up

Hi all!

I took part in the #AYearAThon this month, although wasn’t planning on sticking to the theme, although I didn’t realise that the theme was ‘New to you authors’ which applies to both books that I finished.

I finished listening to the audiobook of Tom McCarthy’s Remainder and also listened to Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories. I loved both books as I found Remainder intriguing, thought the main character was really well written, and the ending had me gripped. The Jungle Book stories were then very sweet, although different to how I expected them to be, very enjoyable though while each story is nice and short and the voices for each character are great.

I have also started reading Open City by Teju Cole, another author that is new to me, so fits with the theme, and then am listening to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, so will hopefully finish both of those in the rest of this month.

I’ll do another post at the end of the month as a monthy wrap up for the rest of my uni reading, Harry Potter, and some graphic novels that I hope to read, and will hopefully take part in the March #AYearAThon which is going to be on the 5th-11th with the theme of retellings and the challenge of marathoning a series.

Anyone else taken part in the February #AYearAThon and read any good books?

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!

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 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.

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 🙂