If you missed my last week’s post, I announced a seven day read-a-thon over my spring break this past week from Saturday to Friday. My main goal was to read seven books, and my secondary hope was to read 7 books I already owned. I almost succeeded in one of those.
I ended up not finishing the majority of books I wanted to, and finishing other books instead. As of this morning, I finished 6 books, and I plan to finish the 7th today, even if that technically means I did this challenge for 8 days, not seven.
I started this week off pretty strong. I read Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard first. It’s a play, and was a quick read. I enjoyed it in one sense, but it also felt like a one-trick-pony, where it was pretty repetitive. However, usually I hate books based on Shakespeare’s plays (as who can actually stand up to a writer like Shakespeare?), but I didn’t hate this one. I choose to read it first because I knew it would probably take me the least time out of any of the books, and I was right. I finished it in just about two hours.
I also started the second book, The Epic of Gilgamesh, though I only read (or skimmed) the introduction and decided to actually start reading the story on Sunday, or Day 2.
Usually Sundays are pretty busy for me, as I go to church in the mornings and in the afternoons I play DnD (Dungeons and Dragons) with some friends. So I ended up struggling to get through this book. I ended up getting all of it done except for the last few chapters, which I finished Monday morning pretty quickly.
While this threw me a little off schedule, because I was hoping to get more reading done Sunday, it wasn’t horrible. I ended up really enjoying this book, especially the parallels it draws to the story of the flood from the Bible. It also did take me a lot longer to read this than the play from the previous day simply because it’s denser and the language isn’t quite as modern or accessible.
So this day was Monday, and the day I actually had a long list of homework to do so I don’t get behind when spring break ends. What this also meant, unfortunately, was that I barely read at all. As I mentioned, I finished up The Epic of Gilgamesh, but I barely got started on my third book, which was His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal. It’s the third book of the Maggie Hope series.
Honestly, I didn’t get that far into it, which brings us to the next day, when things slightly started to go more askew.
I finished His Majesty’s Hope pretty quickly even though Tuesday, like the day before, I had homework and other things to do in the morning. While I didn’t dislike the book (in fact, I enjoyed it more than the first two of the series), I still dislike Maggie, the main character, and so I figure this will be the last book I read of this series.
This was also the point I started an audiobook, just for when I was falling asleep or doing something I absolutely couldn’t read an actual book for. I started The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James, a horror/mystery released less than a month ago. Audiobooks actually ended up helping me almost finish this challenge, as we’ll see by the end of the week.
My goal on Wednesday was to start and finish Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I’m pretty sure I got about a chapter in while trying to balance homework…so that went well.
Thursday I wasn’t able to get much reading in. I ended up really getting into The Sun Down Motel, and at this point I figured maybe inserting a couple of audiobooks into my reading challenge wouldn’t be a back thing, especially since I realized there was no way I could actually finish all the books I was hoping to.
I ended up almost finishing the Sun Down as I was falling asleep, but I didn’t quite finish it until the next morning. Saying that, it’s the first book I read released in 2020 which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m writing a review for it which will go up this Wednesday.
The final day of the challenge. I finished The Sun Down Motel early in the morning and decided to try to get one book in while driving Friday, so I listened to the entire audiobook of Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (released in January of this year), which kind of looks at the history of stereotyping of Asians, especially in Hollywood. The audiobook was only four hours long and, while a lot of the points in the book were bashed on your head instead of subtly inserted, it is an interesting and at times humorous read.
I also read one of the Tintin comics, which I was hoping to.
This brought my total by the end of the week up to six books. Unfortunately not the seven I was hoping for, but I am hoping to finished Lord of the Flies today (Saturday) after this post goes up, so I haven’t completely given up on the seven books.
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Best wishes in your life full of adventure,