Books, General

Friday Reads: #readASOIAF vs #Victober

asosLast week, I attacked my Friday reads post with a fervour that I haven’t felt for reading in quite a few weeks. I titled it ‘The Reading bug is (sort of) back” and at the time, that is how I felt. Since then, I’ve let all things reading slide a little bit once again. I have since finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (the words hurrah and finally) spring to mind which has made me think a bit more about what I’m reading, or at least made me update my Goodreads.

This weekend is the first where Emma is hopefully going to be able to stay in her own bedroom rather than the spare guest room. Last weekend, Emma’s parents came to stay the night and deliver everything that we couldn’t cram into the backseat of my card a couple of weeks ago. Her carpet was delivered and fitted on Tuesday afternoon, a major step in the renovations, and the bulk of her furniture is being delivered tomorrow. I feel like a large part of this weekend is going to be spent building flatpack furniture, which I strangely enjoy, and then sorting out her books and DVD’s, which I love.

Now, I don’t want to get into the habit of using things like this as an excuse, so, I am going to pile things on the excuse pile to account for the lack of reading I will inevitably do. This weekend is the first in many years that I am going to embark on playing a hockey game. Last time I played for Mossley Hill was in 2011, before I went away, before I even went to University. I’m not sure I can fully remember the rules, I don’t have a full amount of kit, but I used to really enjoy playing and socialising with everyone. Yes, that will only technically take a couple of hours over lunch time, but I am going to need a good few hours to moan about how unfit I am, and potentially factor in time to recover from whatever injuries I will probably sustain.

the-strange-case-of-dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde-other-storiesI do have time before the furniture arrives, and over my weekend, to actual bother to read. I have embraced readathons a lot this year, be it Bout of Books, #readASOIAF, or the latest #Victober, and I would like to try and crack on with the latter two. I have now had a decent break from A Storm of Swords, but any longer will cause me to forget what has already gone, so I really need to get on with it. I am hoping to finish this book soon so that I can embrace reading something else for a while and know that when I go back to finish A Song of Ice and Fire, I should be able to finish them quickly. I’m long past thinking I am going to finish #readASOIAF with everyone else, unfortunately, but I would still like to finish the book series at some point.

#Victober might well be the break I need and the change of novel that my brain requires. I signed up to it earlier this week after my friend (and now housemate) Emma explained it to me. It is nice to finally have motivation to read something acclaimed and recognized as a classic, I’m sure my Dad will be happier at the very least. It’s also nice to finally cross some books of my life TBR. You know, that list of books that everyone else seems to have read and you know you should get round to but you haven’t yet, yes?

So, for my over-optimistic declaration. I plan to forget what was on my nightstand for the past couple of weeks, and focus on my readathon exploits. Naturally, that means A Storm of Swords Part 2 is (yet again) on my Friday Reads list. Joining it this week is Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I know it’s quite short, and it is a good first read for #Victober, especially if I can get it read within a week of starting it. If all else fails, flat pack instructions and episode synopses counts as reading…..right?

What are you planning to read this weekend?

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