Hey, so. It’s been a while.
You might remember from my last post that I recently started a new job. I’ve been there almost two months now, which is kinda crazy, and things are going well! However, it’s taken some getting used to – there’s a lot for me to learn, and I’ve only ever worked retail. Plus, it’s hard being the new person! I was in my last job for five years, so it’s been a long time since I’ve been the new face. Like I said though, it’s going really well and I’m enjoying it. But I’m super tired and I’ve had so much going on that blogging just kind of fell to the wayside.
Unfortunately, the same can be said for my reading. I get the bus into work and I initially intended to read on the bus, but then I got kind of obsessed with a few podcasts? So reading is just…not happening. Or, well, it wasn’t until I decided to reread American Gods, because I’ve been super hyped about the TV show, but when it came to actually watching it I found that I wanted to reread it first. It’s been so long since I reread anything that I’d forgotten just how good it can be to read an old favourite. Since then, I’ve been reading pretty much every day after work, and it feels so good to finally be back on the horse.
Anyway, my recent reads posts clearly aren’t as frequent, or recent, as I’d initially intended. I’ve read 20 books so far this year, which puts me super far behind on my goal of reading 60 books this year, but that’s… fine. I guess. Honestly, I’m okay with this because I managed to cut down my TBR a bit by having a huge book clear out when I redecorated my room recently. I mostly got rid of books that I’d read and didn’t want to reread, but it’s just made my collection so much more manageable, and so much less daunting. I mean. I still have like 120 books that I own and haven’t read, but now I can see all of those books, and also I’m mostly over hoarding books that I know I’ve no interest in reading.
Now that I’ve done a sufficient amount of waffling, let’s have a look at what I’ve actually been reading shall we?
Covers = Goodreads.
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Hello! This is a new feature on my blog where I’ll be briefly talking about the books I’ve read this year. I did quarterly wrap up posts last year, but I decided that I wanted to do these wrap up posts with a little more frequency. Really, I’d just like to get into the habit of saying something about every book that I read, and I don’t always have enough to say about a book to warrant a full length review.
I’ve read 11 books so far this year — if you’re wondering why this post is starting at #6, it’s because I talked about the first four books I read this year in my #DAReadathon Wrap Up post back in January, and I’ve also written a full length review of Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I’ve had a great reading year so far, I honestly don’t know that I’ve ever read over ten books before the end of February before. Plus, I’ve given every book I’ve read a pretty good rating, so let’s get into it!
Covers = Goodreads.
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It’s time for my (belated, as always) wrap up for the #DAReadathon! I managed to read a total of four books for this readathon, and so completed four of the challenges. I did get partway through my fifth, but ended up losing steam. Despite not hitting my seven book target, I’m not in the least disappointed. I really enjoyed all of the books that I read, so without further ado, let’s get into the books!
As always, the covers will take you to the Goodreads pages.
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Here’s my (slightly belated) wrap up of all the books I read in the last three months of the year! You can read my January-March wrap up here, my April-June wrap up here, and my July-September wrap up here.
As always, let’s talk about the books I’m currently reading before getting into what I have read. I had the very lofty ambition that I would completely clear my currently reading shelf. It’s really no surprise that I wasn’t successful in doing this. So, once again, I am still reading House of Leaves. It’s such a commitment, so I’ve just been prioritising other books. I’m also about halfway through I Am Malala, which I’d hoped to read for the #DAReadathon, but will probably finish up in January regardless. I also got approved for two ARCs, those being Heartless by Marissa Meyer and Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo. While these are both sitting on my currently reading shelf on Goodreads, I’m only actively reading Heartless at the moment.
Now, here are the books I have read!
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If you saw my TBR post, you’ll know that I participated in Lauren’s Halloween Read-A-Thon last month. This was the first readathon I’d ever participated in and I had so much fun! It was so cool checking the tag on Twitter and seeing what everyone else was reading, and it worked out to be a great source for horror recommendations! I also found that it really motivated me to read, when otherwise I’d have been putting even more hours into Skyrim, so that’s always a plus!
I managed to read three books over the course of the readathon. I was hoping to read more, but hit a wall with House of Leaves. Maybe the real horror of this book is that I will be reading it for all eternity. Jokes aside, for the most part I am enjoying it, and it is really cool, but it’s also a huge time commitment, and there’s no way I’m lugging it all the way to work with me. I also started The Loney, and could have finished it before the end of the readathon, but it’s not really what I was expecting, and I’m finding it a little slow and hard to get into. I’m aiming to finish both of these books in November –actually, I’m hoping to completely clear my currently reading shelf in November –so I’ll check in when I do finish them.
Now, though, here are mini reviews of the three books I did read! The covers of each will take you to their respective Goodreads pages.
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It’s time for me to do mini-reviews of all the books I’ve read over the last three months! You can read my January-March wrap-up here, and my April-June wrap-up here. My reading definitely slowed down over the summer, owing to writing the bulk of my dissertation during July and August, so the only reason I’ve actually been able to keep on track with my goal of reading 50 books this year is because I read a lot of comics/graphic novels over the last few months.
I started the last post by discussing the books that I said I was currently reading in the last one, and yes, I’m still not finished with either The Lies of Locke Lamora or House of Leaves. I’ve only recently picked up The Lies of Locke Lamora again, and I am really enjoying it, it’s just that I’ve been getting distracted by wanting to read other things. Hopefully I’ll definitely get around to finishing House of Leaves this month, as it’s on my TBR for Lauren’s Halloween Read-a-thon.
Now onto the few books I have read!
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As I may have mentioned before, monthly wrap ups don’t really work for me because my reading pattern is so erratic. Because of that, I decided to do one of these posts every three months instead (for now, at least). If you’re interested, you can read my first wrap-up here.
I’ll start off with a brief update on the books I said I was currently reading in the last post. First off there’s The Lies of Locke Lamora, which is still on my currently reading pile. I haven’t abandoned this one, it’s just that I’ve had other books that I’ve had to read. I’m sure I’ll be picking this one up again soon. I also said I was reading The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch, which was an assigned book for my Haunting the Contemporary module. I DNF’d this book. I was about 200 pages or so into it, and nothing was happening, and there were other books that I wanted to read more. I might pick this one up again in the distant future, but for the moment I don’t feel bad about not finishing it.
Now onto the books I actually have read!
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It’s been a really long time since I last posted, hasn’t it? Long story short: doing a master’s degree is hard, and stressful, and nobody wants to hear about that. So let’s talk about all the books I’ve read so far this year.
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