My Reading Week | 31 March

IMG_0818So here we are already at the end of March and another reading week has passed. How did I do?

Books finished = a big fat ZERO.

I set aside the book about Sandra Day O’Connor & Ruth Bader Ginsburg because constitutional law and politics in general is just stressful for me (as for many other people here in the UK) at the moment, but I will come back to it later in the year as RBG in particular is a remarkable and fascinating woman.

I gave the Jo Nesbo book the 50 pages test, and at that point realised that not only was I not enjoying the book, I didn’t care about any of the people or any of the events taking place, and as life is short and there are so many other books to read it had to stop. It’s going in the donation pile.

I’m currently reading two much better and more interesting books. Currently by Sarah Mensinga is a really good fantasy novel set in a world apparently inspired by early 20th century ocean travel; I’m enjoying it very much. L’art de la Liste is light reading of the best kind and I have marked up so many quotes in my Kindle app that it’s almost multi-coloured.

After the monumental book haul covered in my last post, we will all be relieved to note that only one additional book made it onto my Kindle this week:

  • My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – the blurb asks in giant shouty capitals “HOW WELL DO YOU REALLY KNOW THE ONE YOU LOVE THE MOST?” Apparently, also according to the blurb, I might think I’ve read stories like this before but I would be wrong. I have taken this as a personal challenge.

In other stuff it’s been a quiet week with just one outing, which was once again to Sadler’s Wells. If you follow me on social media you will have seen me post a picture of my programme for Northern Ballet’s Victoria. This was a dark and intense work looking back at Victoria’s life via the process of her daughter Princess Beatrice reading, editing and in some cases censoring her mother’s diaries. Enjoyed it very much indeed.

So, here’s to another month of interesting books. Hope you have a great reading week!

5 thoughts on “My Reading Week | 31 March

  1. I often wish I made a list of books abandoned as well as books read. There used to be a wonderful column written by Nick Hornby in Believer Magazine in which he shared what he had read, and he always made careful note of what he had abandoned. It’s almost more important to tell us what isn’t worth reading than what is.

    I hope you will tell us more about L’art de la Liste next week.

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  2. Oooh, Currently sounds really fun! I hope to hear more about it once you’ve finished — it sounds like it could potentially be awesome for me. (My library doesn’t currently have it but maybe I can ask them to order it.)

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  3. I only read two books in March myself…I think it’s good to let go of books. Personally I read Nesbo’s Harry Hole series, but then I just stopped. It wasn’t working for me anymore or maybe my taste has changed. Either way, we have to read what works for us.

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