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Weekend Reading Diary: 16-18 August 2019

Friday, 16 August

22.01 – I have been lagging behind a bit reading this past week and I fully plan to pull some of it back over the weekend. It is supposed to be pretty rainy, so fingers crossed I will get the chance to read a lot. We have been out at a theme park all day today, so I have not read one page yet and I am pretty exhausted.  I am fully confident that starting this post today will motivate me to read a bunch the next few days. I want to finish at least one book! AT LEAST!

TOTAL PAGES READ: 33

Saturday, 17 August

10.56 – Groceries done, just fed the horses and sitting down to a cup of coffee and a biccie. Once I finished typing I will start reading. My plan is to finish Summer: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons this morning and read 100 pages of Godsgrave if I can today. Fingers crossed I get enough reading time today.

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11.43 – I have just finished Summer: and Anthology for the Changing Seasons. I enjoyed it, but I don’t think it was as strong a collection overall as the Winter version I read last, ha, winter. Let’s go and write up a review now.

Harrison, Melissa (Editor) - Summer15.52 –  I wrote my review of Summer and I have read about 15 pages of Godsgrave. I am still aiming for 100 pages (up to around page 350), but we will see whether we will get there.

On a side note, I watched a couple of videos on the casting (so far) for The Wheel of Time series that is supposed to start filming at the end of the year. I have to say, so far, so good. The casting choices seem to be right on the nose. Apart from Rosamund Pike, the choices have been low key, just the way I like it.

TOTAL PAGES READ: 96

Sunday, 18 August

10.28 – Bad blogger for not updating after 4 yesterday! I did not read the 100 pages of Godsgrave that I planned to. In fact, I only read 55 pages. Combined with the 48 pages I read of Summer, I did not even make it to my daily goal of 100 pages!. Oh well, new day, new chances and all that. I had planned to finish Godsgrave today, but 150 pages to go I think it is highly unlikely! Nonetheless, we will give it a good shot (really? did I just refer to myself as plural? Yes, I guess I did and I am not changing it!).

We did finish watching Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale yesterday. I did not much care for the episode. All in all I have been a little bit ‘meh’ about season 3 in general.

Kristoff, Jay - The Nevernight Chronicle 2 Godsgrave11.53 – I got a solid hour of reading in and I read about 50 pages. I don’t know why Godsgrave takes so much reading! Normally I would finish a book of this size (450 in my paperback edition) in about 4 days, but for some reason it’s taking me way longer.

Having said that, I am enjoying the plot. I am not a big fan of the characters though. I feel like I couldn’t care less about Mia, which is a shame. It is not that I cannot connect to her, as I do not need to connect to a character to love a character, but this one is just not doing that much for me. Yet, I am interested in the story as a whole. The book straddles the divide between YA and adult fantasy and I kind of wish it would have gone either way a little bit further. It’s in nomansland in my humble opinion.

We just had a coffee. My husband and daughter have been digging a bit of the horse paddock in preparation of improving it for autumn and winter. Man, we have had a lot of rain in the last couple of weeks. Proper downpours. The ponies have even been inside at night for the past week or so, because the paddock has been a mud bath. It’s August! It was almost 40 degrees celsius in July (unheard of where I live) and August appears to have been nothing but rain. Fingers crossed the weather will improve so the paddock kan dry out a bit.

15.53 – I am not doing too badly. I have almost read 100 pages of Godsgrave today with only another 50 or so to go, so I am at least a tiny bit hopeful that I may be able to push myself to finish it. I am still not sure how I am going to rate this book. Usually at this point I pretty much know, but I am really not sure at all. It is going to be lower than six stars – I know that much. I am thinking four stars at the moment, unless it has a truly spectacular final fifth. We will see…

17.12 – So I have just finished Godsgrave. I can’t believe I actually had quite a bit of uninterrupted reading time today. I am so happy! As for the book, It had a strong ending that definitely makes me want to read Darkdawn, even if too much of this instalment left me a bit lukewarm. I better go and write something up with it still fresh in my mind. Well, maybe after cooking some dinner…

Quincy, Charlotte - Seducing Charlotte21.32 – I took a bit of a break from reading after finishing Godsgrave. I am still very impressed that I managed to read those 150 pages today. I kind of did not expect, but I am very pleased. I think I always seem to read more towards the end of the book. I think it is because you see you’re almost there and it’s like a race to the finish.

I have read a bit of Seducing Charlotte by Diana Quincy as well. It’s a pretty unremarkable regency romance that seems to jump from love scene to love scene. There is something interesting about both leading characters though, so it is kind of a good time. It is not generally my thing, but I had read a previous (non-sexy) book by this author before, which I really loved (Murder in Bloomsbury) and I thought I would try one of her smutty books, which she is better known for. It is a fun time, so I am not complaining. The cover of the books makes my eyes roll and my womb contract though – I hate it. Good thing I have an e-book!

23.40 – Nope, there was no more reading so far (watched some TV with the hubster instead) and I am off to bed now. I may read a bit more of Seducing Charlotte and I will probably start another read tomorrow. It will probably be either Eucalyptus by Murray Bail or The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman.

TOTAL PAGES READ (so far):  165

HAVE A WONDERFUL READING WEEK, LOVELY BOOK FOLK!

 

2 thoughts on “Weekend Reading Diary: 16-18 August 2019

  1. I am currently reading “I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and The March Up Freedom’s Highway” Suddenly realizing that Mavis is my biggest hero that I look up to. I got to see her perform yesterday too. Age 80, and still has a new album out and is touring hard.

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