Saturday, 4 February 2012

Weekend Reading.

I managed to complete those figures! This has been a great source of stress, despondency, and a little resentment, so I am thrilled with this!  I also finally set up my Flickr account and took some pictures (one on the left, and the rest here), so I'm getting back with my New Year Resolutions. And what better reward than a weekend of reading. I've found via Mel U on Twitter a readathon that started yesterday: Wicked Winter Readathon - 3rd - 5th February. As I say, I didn't know about it 'til last night, so yesterday's reading wasn't especially astonishing, although I did finish He Knew He Was Right (this fell short of five stars on Goodreads because, as with many of the chunksters I read, I was a little frustrated by the sub-plots), and I also started A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.

So, what to read this weekend... I'm cautious about setting up any lists because as I've said, I'm feeling a little constrained by my challenges. That said, I am more than happy to pick some books from my 2012 Challenges, I would just sooner pick one at a time rather than set out an itinerary. For starters, then, I want to finish Portrait. I'm thinking I may start The Three Musketeers, although I may go for some smaller books. I've been thinking about Persuasion by Jane Austen for the last week, so perhaps that. Or maybe I won't read any of the 'challenges' at all! I don't know, but what I do know is that I would like a weekend of reading whatever takes my fancy and not be quite so military about it.

I'll update in this post, with the most recent update at the top.

01:22 - If you follow me on Twitter, you may have gathered that tonight has been stressful to say the least. Big C was leaving a gig when the Torsion bar snapped on rear end of car. He's 60 miles away, so nothing is going to happen tonight other than the AA taking him to his mam's. Realistically, he should be back tomorrow, Tuesday at the latest. Obviously I'm a bit gutted because I miss him, but if that thing had have gone when he was driving then God knows what would have happened. And things are fine here, home fire's burning, there's enough food to last, I've plenty to do...

Anyway, that's the score. No reading has been done. At a loose end now, not sure what to do. It's half one now, I'll stay up until he's at his mam's and I know what's happening. Might read, might go on Tumblr, tempted to exercise but the cross-trainer makes an unholy racket and it's not fair on next door, and besides I said Sunday would be my day off for exercise. But I feel a bit wretched knowing he's cold, stressed, and wanting to be home. And yes, I'm at a loose end. Should really go offline and read. Not Tom Jones though, hard to concentrate. I have last month's Vogue. Oh dear... As I say, if he had have been driving at 60mph and it had have snapped then things would have been awful, so I am grateful at that (and at the same time need to stop thinking about it because it didn't happen so there's no need to be upset at something that didn't happen).

And I miss him. Too cold and frosty for all this bother. I wish he was home.

21:05 - Apparently I'm incapable of staying awake for an entire Sunday! Just woke up, having randomly read Ghosts by Ibsen. Marvellous. Now I'm going to feed Little G and get back to Tom Jones, then maybe watch the Law and Orders I recorded (though I'll probably watch those tomorrow now, I really just want to curl up and read!).

16:28 - Reading Tom Jones. Not far through (just finished first book, which puts me on page 40, but so far I love it! Doubt I'll get much reading done over the next hour, got some household chores to do, but I've had my dinner and have no plans on exercising on a Sunday, so I have many hours ahead! (Minus, of course, Law and Order: SVU and Law and Order: Criminal Intent at 9pm and 10pm!)

13:36 - About to settle into some reading, but want to check out at least a few blogs because I hate that I haven't been able to join in with any discussions recently! I'm sure reading blogs doesn't really count as readathon material, but nevertheless it's nice to have time to do so!

After which, well, I'm torn between Tom Jones and The Old Curiosity Shop. My thinking is this: I could spend this afternoon reading this week's chapter for Les Misérables, a little of War and Peace (I can tell you now that won't happen), and perhaps Ghosts by Ibsen, and then settle down with a chunkster for the rest of the night. I won't finish it tonight, but that's no big deal. Or, I could read the above with Curiosity Shop in place of Tom Jones, which I would have at least a vague outside chance of finishing. However, Dickens's birthday is on Tuesday, and I have no plans for Tuesday, so how nice it would be to save Curiosity Shop for Tuesday and random Dickens posts... I think I've just answered my question!

03:27 - Had quite a difficult evening with the snow and Big C's determination to come home (he's back in one piece, thank God), but things have settled down now. Have just finished Persuasion, and once again I'm left completely cold by Jane Austen. Now, well, I'm half-asleep. I've made a little pile of books; Ibsen's Ghosts, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop. Tomorrow I will start one of them, and I do quite like the idea of settling in with one book, Curiosity Shop, for the whole day. But I'm not committing to anything, I may well have a new pile next to me tomorrow!

19:00 - Just finished Portrait of the Artist. Honestly, I have no words. I really don't. So, yes. On with another book! I'm going to go make a cup of coffee and do a little exercise, then return about half eight and I've not yet decided what to read next, which is exciting! To be honest, I'm not in the cheeriest of moods right now: the snow's coming down thick and fast, and thankfully Big C made it to work, but he's unlikely to be able to get back before Monday and we've not spent a night apart for over a year. But I'd rather miss him for a short while than him have an accident, and I have plenty to read so I needn't be miserable. I should also say the phone and internet connection isn't doing too well, so if I drop off the radar it's because of power cuts. Plenty of food in though, and candles, and the fire's burning well, so nothing to worry about.


  1. I am thinking of organising a Readathon on February 18 and/or 19 and have to advertise a little bit now :)
    It's the first weekend after the end of term, and is there a better way to celebrate than a weekend full of reading? It's my first Readathon, so please say you're interested! :D

  2. Enjoy the readathon, O! I'm sorry about the snow, I hope everything turns out alright.
    Yay for reading on a whim! :D

  3. Cassandra - DEFINITELY interested! I'll check it out :)

    Jillian - Thank you, will you be joining in?

    Caro - Cheers! :)

  4. Do you not have words for A Portrait of the Artist because it awed you? Because you didn't like it? Or because you don't quite know what to think of it at all? I'm quite curious, because that's generally how I feel about Joyce -- but it a way that makes me set the book aside and never want to pick it up again.

  5. Diana - My reaction was basically this: "Heh." [puts book back on shelf]. I wasn't impressed on any level, I took nothing from it. It is now officially my least favourite Joyce. I think once I've read Stephen Hero I've read the major works. Hm.... I'll write a post on this, but basically: for me, it doesn't feel like it matters if you like Joyce or not, it just is. Don't think that's a particularly good way of approaching literature, but it's how I feel :)

  6. Yes, I see what you mean. And I'm sorry to hear you didn't particularly connect with Persuasion either. Hopefully your next pick for your readathon will prove to be more fruitful!

  7. I hope you're still having some good reading. :) I'm stuck trying to decide what I want to read next. Maybe you can help? Should I read one of the two Dickens titles I want to finish this month (David Copperfield or Nicholas Nickleby), or should I read a bio on him?

  8. Diana - It was indeed more fruitful :) I don't mind about the Austen, I simply just don't like her. I find the constant reference to money irritating and jarring, for one (which is silly, because if you don't want that kind of thing don't read Austen!). I have Emma and Mansfield Park left, and I'm sure there HAS to be one I like!

    Allie - David Copperfield! Not that I've read Nicholas Nickleby, but DC is one of those everyone ought to read :) And it is lovely, and I do think you'll like it :)

  9. Awesome. David Copperfield it is. :) I still have 70 pages in Roots to finish for the first part of my readalong, but then it is all DC.

  10. I don't think it's going to be Mansfield Park. That's my least favourite Austen novel (and I know many feel the same). Fanny Price is a bit of a drip, and Edmund comes across as a bit fickle. I don't remember Emma very well, so I think it's time for a reread.

    Allie: I, too, would suggest reading David Copperfield. It's a winner!

  11. Actually, I wonder if it MIGHT be Mansfield Park - I seem to have a habit of not liking books everyone else likes (not deliberately, I don't try to be contrary, it just seems to work out that way sometimes) and liking books most people dislike. So, on that basis (and only that basis), MP might be the one.

    Have to say, I have attitude with Emma. My ex LOVED Emma a lot, and I'm sorry to say it might (well, probably WILL) make me want to find fault with Emma as much as possible. Which won't be hard because me and Ms Austen don't seem to get along!



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