Since I finished University, I have rediscovered my love for books. I have always loved literature, getting lost in the imagination of another, getting lost in the shelves at a library, getting lost in the smell of a new book, getting lost in….well you get the picture. While at University, I got into a terrible habit of reading poor* literature, and re-reading old stories instead or delving into new worlds. Now as I have regressed to my former, and better, reading habits, I have decided to take on my first read-a-thon.
I have chosen to join the Bout of Books read-a-thon. I am a quick reader, and can shift through books pretty quickly. But I am a phase reader, I don’t read regularly, I have months where I read a lot, and some where I don’t pick up a book. So in an effort to both read some new things, and get reading regularly, I’ve chosen a read-a-thon that centres itself around the reader. To a point, all read-a-thons do, but the low pressure setting, and the personal goals mantra of Amanda and Kelly suits me well.
I am not doing this alone, many people are posting about this through a variety of social media platforms. It was my good friend Emma, however, who pointed me in the direction of this particular read-a-thon, and inspired me to finally pop my read-a-thon cherry. We haven’t picked a particularly good week considering the planned BBQ at my house with some of our good university mates – at least she has the train journeys to read on!
This in mind, I am setting myself a rather modest list (or those who look and think 4 books is not modest, please bear in mind that I am a quick reader!):
- Casino Royale by Ian Fleming: Straight away I am knowledgeably breaking the don’t re-read guideline I set myself, but I can’t rememver the book at all, and I am planning to read the entire James Bond series soon, as I have the most delightful box-set of 007 books. (These will feature in a post in the very near future!)
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: I have never read a classic, or anything remotely close to a classic novel before, and as this is my Dad’s favourite book, and because I liked Matthew MacFadyen’s Mr Darcy, I thought I would start here.
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle: I have read all the short stories at least once, but have never read any full length ACD novel, so thought I would begin with his most famous.
- High Rise by J G Ballard: I am an avid Tumblr user. The gnomes of Tumblr have been showing me lots of pictures of Tom Hiddleston as the lead from said book. I would prefer to read the book before I see the film, so why not now?!
So there we have it, my list, my commitment!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.
*I know, I know, I hate the use of words such as poor when describing literature. See my earlier post about this. I am sorry for being hypocritical!