I somehow managed to keep up the readathon momentum this past week, reading over 700 pages and finishing 3 books. I’m now only 3 books behind schedule for my annual goal, and I think I will finish at least one of my current reads this week, so hopefully I’ll only be 2 books behind by the next “Monday’s Minutes”.
I did a lot of reading this week; the kind of reading I usually do during a readathon, but there weren’t any readathons. Reading has become my escape again, thanks to some health problems, and I’ve been lucky that, so far, most of the books I’ve been picking up off my shelf, listening to, or checking out from the library have been great at letting me put the real world away for a bit.
Both Follow Me to Ground and How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps were fairly short, so I got a couple of quick “wins” to add towards the #ShelfLove challenge and my annual reading goal. I’m still 7 books behind schedule, but now that I’m working, it will probably take me a lot longer to catch up, if I’m able to at all.
Despite how much I’m reading, I’m not finishing books fast enough to catch up to my annual goal. I’m now 10 books behind schedule. I have no idea if I’m going to be able to catch up anytime soon, either, since I’m starting a new job on Wednesday.
Since all of the books I’ve been reading lately have come from the library, they don’t count for the #ShelfLove challenge. That’s ok, though, since any book I finish counts towards my annual reading goal, and I’m still 9 books behind schedule.
“The Last Kingdom” show starts out almost exactly as the book does and I thought watching the show had ruined the book for me. However, the book then goes on into much further detail on what Uhtred’s life was like with the Danes, and it’s really good reading so far. I’m still glad I took a very brief break to read How Should One Read a Book?, though.
After I got my new library card, I placed a bunch of books on hold that were on my wish list but that had very few copies available and fairly long hold lists. My thinking was that would give me plenty of time to read books I already have and then be able to read the library books as they came available. I did finish all the books I’d been reading since before the move and started Lament, a library book, but now my holds are starting to come in already; The Last Kingdom becoming available over the weekend. I went ahead and DNF’d Lament then because as much as I wanted to like it, I didn’t, and it was painful to read.
I’m getting back into a normal routine in my new home, and that means I’m reading more, especially before bed. I also got my Columbus public library card!!! I’m super excited because, well, DUH! But also because the Columbus public library has over 30% of my current wishlist available to check out! Neither the San Francisco or Oakland public library systems had even half of that. Since I can’t buy any books this year, I’m thrilled that I will be able to check out so many of the books I’ve been wanting to read, especially since the majority of my books are currently in storage.