Saturday, 30 July 2011

High summer readathon - update 2

I have not had much chance to either read or update during the week. Pressure of work, studying, bookclub and life has kept me off the computer. I have also had flu for 2 weeks so trying to rest as much as possible.
So, here is my progress for the entire week.
Books read during the week: 3 (Wilt on High 24pages, Getting Home 77 pages, New York 334 pages)
Books finished during the week: 0
Pages read since last update: 435
Pages read since start: 488

I plan to spend more time reading over the weekends although I do have a couple of commitments. This is the coldest winter we have had in years, so the perfect weather for staying indoors and reading.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

High summer readathon day 1

Well, I havent had much time to read at all since yesterday. Been studying, working and got a bit of the flu, so havent read too much.
Books read since start: 3
  • Wilt on High by Tom Sharpe (16pages),
  • New York by Edward Rutherford (8 pages),
  • Getting home by Celia Brayfield (29 pages)
Pages read since start: 53
Books finished since start: 0

I hope to have done much more by tomorrow.

Monday, 25 July 2011

High summer readathon starting post

I have been at work and had quite a busy day, so only had a chance to post now. I actually left work early planning on going to the tax office and then coming home to read. Of course, when I got there there was a huge queue and I am going to have to go back at some stage. Then I was informed that Brendas hockey shoes had a hole, so I had to go and get a new pair since it is hockey tomorrow. As a result, I have not had much chance to read at all and have so far only read 5 pages!
My aim for the readathon is the following:
1) Finish getting home by Celia Brayfield (I have about 450 pages left)
2) Finish New York by Edward Rutherford (I have about 500 pages left)
If I finish all that, there are about 10 books on my to be read list so that will keep me busy for the week!

Friday, 22 July 2011

High summer readathon

Michelle at The true book addict is hosting a readathon next week. I am not quite sure how I missed it, but better late than never. It runs from the 25-31 July. I wont be able to read much during the week since I have 1) work
2) studying
3) bookclub on Thursday night.
But, anyway, I will definitely read as much as I can and will do more on the weekend. (I know I failed dismally at my last readathon, but all sorts of drama occurred on that day) If you would like to sign up, pop over to Michelles blog (link above)

Monday, 18 July 2011

It's Monday, what are you reading?

I have been busy for a while with work, plus had a bit of flu, so havent had a chance to get online much. I have, however done a fair bit of reading.
In the last week I have read the following:
  • Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith which I enjoyed, but found a little slow going
  • Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer. I really love his books, and read this in a day
Currently reading 3 books
  • Dandelions in the Garden by Charlie Courtland. I was lucky enough to win 3 of this authors books and this is the first I am reading. I am thoroughly enjoying it, however since it is an e-book and I havent had much time on the computer I havent had a chance to read much
  • New York by Edward Rutherford. A huge novel about the origins of New York, which I am thoroughly enjoying, but it is definitely time-consuming at just over 1000 pages.
  • Getting home by Celia Brayfield. This is my first time reading Celia Brayfield that I remember and at the moment I am not too sure. I have only got 5 pages into it though, so will give it a chance.

So, that is what I am currently reading, for more inspiration pop over to Sheila's blog.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Summer mini readathon

I signed up for this a few days ago, posted in draft and obviously forgot to press publish! I have been reading since 8 am my time (GMT + 2). So far I have read the following:

Books read since start: 1 (Polar star by Martin Cruz Smith)
Books finished since start: 0
Pages read since start: 79
Time read since start: about 90 minutes

I do unfortunately have to go to the shops and have a bit of work to do, but will otherwise read for most of the day.

Friday, 1 July 2011

The two towers - possible spoilers

The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
When we left the end of the first book Frodo and Sam had become seperated from the rest of the fellowship and this book continues that. Most of the book focuses on the adventures of the rest of the group. After burying Boromir, Legolas, Gimli and Aragon set off to find Merry and Pippin who have been captured by Orcs. They eventually meet up with Gandalf and go off to Gondor to fight a couple of battles. Merry and Pippin meanwhile escape from the orcs into Fangorn Forest where they meet Treebeard the ent and go off on some adventures of their own. In the meantime Frodo and Sam are nearing Mordor and finally meet up with Gollum and recruit him as a guide. The book ends with them in dire straits in Mordor.
This book is one that I always have mixed feelings about. There are some of my favourite parts and characters in it. I love the Ents and the parts in Fangorn Forest, I love the part where Frodo meets up with the Riders of Rohan and of course Gollum is always fascinating. As always, Tolkien builds such a fascinating world, which really draws you in to it, there are some wonderful battle scenes, and I love the banter between Gimli and Legolas. We also get to see Merry and Pippin as real characters on their own, rather then hangers on, which up until now they seem to have been. However, I do sometimes feel as if this book is just a "filler" There is no real beginning and end, it is just there in the middle, almost like something you have to get through to get to the good stuff in the last book.
I also have to talk about Sam here, he is such a wonderful supporting character. Always, loyal, helpful and trying desperately to do things for the good of his "master". I always think I would love to have a Sam by my side all the time!
I am really looking forward to starting the third one.
I just have to talk about Sam here