Okay, I don’t know what exactly happened, but last month my brain was apparently on steroids: I couldn’t stop reading. During the shortest month of the year I managed to finish 10 (let me repeat, TEN) books – the most I’ve ever done in my entire life. I found that my strategy to switch between short and long books truly proved effective to battle my reading ADD. That combined with two long weekends thanks to a nasty flu and my final resolution to clean-up unfinished books really boosted my results. This is how I crossed the finished line:
Books finished [10/4]:
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
- Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
- Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
- The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
- The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
- Casino Royale by Ian Flemming
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Pere
- The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
- The Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King
As you can see, I am quite behind on my journaling. I am taking things, as they come at me; it just happens that right now a lot of reading is coming my way, and not so much writing. Good news for my night-stand: finally tackled my fifth Haruki Murakami, which means I can put it back on my shelf. It also means that I have earned my very first badge! Please check it out below. Another accomplishment I had achieved last month was to finish The Three Musketeers. I’ve been meaning to finish this novel for over a year now. Considering how awesome and entertaining it is, I have no idea what’s been taking me so long! Of course I had to start the book from the beginning, because I just don ‘t trust my memory when it comes to long breaks in reading.
Books in progress:
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami [18%]
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas [5%]
- The Name of the Roze by Umberto Eco [27%]
I’m reading these with my Goodreads group. Somehow we managed to do a side-read for The Name of the Rose outside of two regular chunkster readalongs. We are also planning to do a buddy red for Shogun, so I should be pretty busy for the next couple of months. I have a few others going, but I haven’t picked them up in a while, so there is no real point in mentioning them here.
Additions to the library:
- The Divine Comedy [Penguin] by Dante Alighieri
- Shogun by James Clavell
I bought another copy of The Divine Comedy in an eBook form, which will allow me to read on the go. My original copy is a leather bound compilation of all three books that I cannot imagine carrying around on my morning commute to work. I also bought a paperback version of Shogun, because I have been loving the opening 200 pages so much, I am pretty sure I will want a physical copy for my bookcase. Other than that I’ve been trying to limit my spending, especially since my boyfriend’s birthday is coming up and I want to take him to a hockey game. Wait for me my dear books, I will come back to feeding you my hard-earned money soon enough.
This is the first badge to commemorate my progress through Murakami’s bibliography. Since he is still a living author, I thought it would make the most sense to celebrate my progress in small increments, instead of waiting a lifetime for his complete works. This badge is awarded for finishing 5 full-length books by Murakami. The next level is awarded for completing 10 books.