And now, so after the week finishes it’s more interesting (?), the reading challenges.

I’m incredibly busy with Uni, so I’m gonna set some easy goals for myself:

  • Read outside
  • Read a Classic
  • Read a book in the Contemporary genre
  • Share some of your favourite quotes from the books you read during the Read-A-Thon
  • Write a book review for one of the books you read during the Read-A-Thon
  • Take pictures of your reading progress

I choose some of the easiest ones, don’t tell. I’ll revise that during the weekend, depending on how I’m doing.

SO YES, NOW, more than a day later (Australian time, in here I’m not that late), I kick off the Read-A-Thon. I’m gonna start by answering the first question of the questionnaire. You’re free to ask me any other of the list you’re interested in, or I’ll answer the ones I feel like it during the week :)

01. What do you plan on reading for the Read-A-Thon? Why did you choose these books?

That’s the question, isn’t it? Well. My plan:

1) Finish the books that I’ve started, which are:

  • To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
  • Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi

2) Start (and finish? I don’t think I’ll have time):

  • Kim, by Rudyard Kipling

My dad has been wanting me to read it for some time, and last week he bought me a copy from my favourite second-hand bookshop :)

The thing, though, is that I could never make longer to-read lists, because I always pick up what I feel like reading at the moment. Fewer things would stress me more than to know what book I have to read after the one I’m gonna read after I finish the one I’m reading. Pet peeves, I guess.

I’m EXCITED though :)

Let me know if any of you are doing the Read-A-Thon too?

HAPPY SANT JORDI!
Before I start with the reath-a-thon, I wanted to wish you all a Happy Sant Jordi (Saint George). It’s the national day ~~in my land, and it’s tradition, because it’s also the day of the book (both Shakespeare and Cervantes died that same day, 398 years ago), to buy each other books.
I bought myself two books today.

HAPPY SANT JORDI!

Before I start with the reath-a-thon, I wanted to wish you all a Happy Sant Jordi (Saint George). It’s the national day ~~in my land, and it’s tradition, because it’s also the day of the book (both Shakespeare and Cervantes died that same day, 398 years ago), to buy each other books.

I bought myself two books today.

Anna noticed that having waited thirty-two years for the thunderbolt, she didn’t feel the way she expected. She thought it’d feel like safety: knowing you were home, where you were meant to be. In fact it was more like being strapped to a chair and tipped at an angle over the edge of a cliff. Precipitous.

— Mhairi McFarlane, Here’s Looking At You

Things you took a little longer to like, you liked longer, Anna had observed before.

— Mhairi McFarlane, Here’s Looking At You


Edward Cucuel, The Novel

Best love-stories in books in which they are not central to the plot:
The Princesse de Clèves*, Madame de la Fayette (1678)
Dangerous Liaisons, Choderlos de Laclos (1782)
The Sherwood Ring, Elizabeth Marie Pope (1958)
The Sunne in Splendour, Sharon Kay Penman (1982)
Possession, A. S. Byatt (1990)
The Queen of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief #2), Megan Whalen Turner (2000)
Atonement, Ian McEwan (2001)
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini (2007)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer (2007)
Rules of Civility, Amor Towles (2011)
*Link to (legal) free download.
I may have cheated a little bit, cause in some of the books despite not being the motor of the story, the love story is indeed quite central. SHhhhhhhhhhhhh. AND READ.

Edward Cucuel, The Novel

Best love-stories in books in which they are not central to the plot:

  1. The Princesse de Clèves*, Madame de la Fayette (1678)
  2. Dangerous Liaisons, Choderlos de Laclos (1782)
  3. The Sherwood Ring, Elizabeth Marie Pope (1958)
  4. The Sunne in Splendour, Sharon Kay Penman (1982)
  5. Possession, A. S. Byatt (1990)
  6. The Queen of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief #2), Megan Whalen Turner (2000)
  7. Atonement, Ian McEwan (2001)
  8. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini (2007)
  9. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer (2007)
  10. Rules of Civility, Amor Towles (2011)

*Link to (legal) free download.

I may have cheated a little bit, cause in some of the books despite not being the motor of the story, the love story is indeed quite central. SHhhhhhhhhhhhh. AND READ.

‘I’m single, and internet dating.’ Anna winced.
‘Oh boy, really? I might take your advice on that at some point.’ James rubbed his neck. ‘Have you had much luck with it?’
‘You know when they embalm people, and they drain all bodily fluid out of them first? It’s like that, but with hope.’

— Mhairi McFarlane, Here’s Looking At You

It’s a definite NO to a second date, thanks. If you continue to insist that I’m playing the long game then by all means, pencil some action in for the afterlife. Hell, make it an orgy – invite Marilyn Monroe, Caligula and Rod Hull. Good luck in all your future endeavours!

— Mhairi McFarlane, Here’s Looking At You

By the time of my wedding, people will no longer need clothes. They will float naked and hairless in cots of saline water and download their consciousnesses to a virtual ceremony.

— Mhairi McFarlane, Here’s Looking At You