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Sunday Summary – 19th March 2023

Welcome back to another Sunday Summary catch up post. We have plenty to talk about, but before we get there, I just want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all you fantastic people out there! I’ve been lucky to be able to spend Mother’s Day with my whole family today, and I couldn’t ask for anything more!

This week I have taken a wee step back in that I’ve only shared two blog posts with you so far. I have reclaimed my Wednesday nights; maintaining a schedule of four posts a week is quite a lot. You may not have noticed the difference, but I certainly have! That will show in my reading as well, but more on that later.

My first post of the week was a Top Ten Tuesday post. In that post, I took a look at 10 books I’m looking to include on my spring TBR. If you read that post, or check out my Instagram, you will know that there are quite a few chunky ones on the list. Would you expect anything less from me?

On Friday, I returned with a First Lines Friday post. For that post, I featured the book I will be reading next month along with Ezeekat’s book club. It is a fairly new release from Harper Voyager, and from an author that I have looked at reading from before. I’ve decided that I’m going to prioritise reading this book with the club, so then I can either pick up her other books if I enjoy it, or set them aside if I don’t. If I were to start with the trilogy I’m already familiar with, I would feel compelled to read them all, even if I wasn’t sure about it. This book gives me the perfect chance to try her writing without too much commitment.

 

Books Read

This week’s reading progress is in stark contrast to last. As of last week’s Sunday summary update, I was approximately 380 pages into A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

Last week, I only managed 300 pages between my update posts. This week, I read the remaining 400 pages of A Game of Thrones, and then some more! More on that below. I really enjoyed this re-read, as I knew I would. This series is one I could go back to again and again. I could read it on loop and not get bored.

In case you aren’t aware, I have picked up this book series again as the next book is due to be published later this year. At least, that’s the last update I read. Naturally, I want to get myself ready to pick that up as soon as it drops. I’m looking forward to continuing with the series over the course of the year.

Next, I picked up The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean, and I have very mixed feelings about the book.

In total, The Book Eaters is only 298 pages. Were it any longer, I probably would have DNF’d it at around the 100 page mark. I can safely say that it is one of the weirdest things I have ever read. It has some interesting themes and messages, but there are also elements of the story that are jarring for me.

Do I find it compelling enough to read because I want to find out what the heck is going on? Yes – I’m invested enough to see where the story is going and how all the craziness resolves itself. Would I say I like the book? At the moment, the answer is not really. I’ve only got around 70 pages left to read, so I am going to finish the book tonight. Unless it picks up with a good ending, I think this is going to be a rare two star read. 

 

Books Discovered

Once again, I have no news to report this week. No news is good news – the reading list still isn’t growing. For now…

 

Coming Up…

Next week I’m continuing with a three post schedule, because it made the world of difference to me this week.

The first of those posts will be a discussion post. It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these, and I’m keen to keep these as a periodic feature on my blog. For this weeks discussion, I’m going to be talking about some of the books I’m unhauling and donating to charity. I have quite a few to donate. So, in that post, I’m going to talk about why I’m unhauling some of them specifically, and why it’s good to have a general clear out now and then!

Later in the week, I will share my next instalment of Well, I Didn’t Know That! I have moved this feature to a Friday in order to free up my Wednesday once again. It also means that I have a good length of time between each post, so I can bring you better quality content than churning one of these out every week.

You know what’s coming last. I’ll be back with my next Sunday Summary update at the time next week!

That’s all from me in today’s Sunday Summary. Hopefully I can make it through The Book Eaters before the end of the night.

What are you reading?

 

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Monthly TBR – March 2023

Happy Friday everybody and welcome to my Monthly TBR post for March 2023!

February was an ambitious month for me. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t get through the multitude of books I set out to. However, I read a really diverse range of books, and I’m really happy with the reading progress I made.

This month I am going to be a little less ambitious. Last month I proved that I can read a decent amount, but a target of just over 107 pages a day isn’t quite achievable for me. This month I’ll need to read an average of 70 pages a day. A much more manageable target. 

This month I am setting myself a mixture of ‘fixed’ and ‘mood reads’ as normal. I’m also setting myself a ‘stretch’ goal. This is and isn’t different from my usual reading list. Let me explain.

When I set myself a monthly reading list, I generally have an expectation that I might only start the last book on the list before the end of the month. This hasn’t changed for me, however, I’m being more transparent about that. Rather than having everybody think that I’m looking to complete this list by the end of the month, in reality, I’m hoping to get to and be on the last book. I’m especially declaring that intention this month as the last book on my list is over 900 pages long! There is no way I’m going to finish it this month. 

 

Fixed Reads

 

A Game of Thrones

The first book am I reading this month is a re-read of A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. You may ask why I am reading this book yet again. If you haven’t heard already, the next book in the series, The Winds of Winter, is due out later this year.

You know that I want to be in a position to be able to pick that up as soon as it comes out. So, I am starting a re-read of the series! Whilst I don’t strictly have to start it right now, I really enjoyed reading The Rise of the Dragon last month. I’ve got the itch and if I’m entirely honest, I’ve been looking for a reason to re-read this series anyway. Now I’ve got it!

 

Soul Identity

The next book I am picking up this month is the book I pulled out of my TBR Jar – Soul Identity by Dennis Batchelder.

I’m looking forward to picking up this book as something a little bit different. The premise caught my eye and I’m willing to give it a shot based on that. I also discussed this book with my dad and he seemed to think it would be something I would enjoy as well! I can’t wait to give it a try and let you know.

 

Mood Reads

 

The Book Eaters

I didn’t quite get around to reading The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean last month. As I shared in my monthly wrap-up for February earlier this week, I was a bit disappointed I didn’t get to it.

However, I really do want to read it sometime soon. With that in mind, it is the first book on my mood read list of the month. At just under 300 pages, this is a nice short book and is a complete change from the other books and genres I have on this monthly TBR.

 

Feet of Clay

I cannot remember the last time I picked up a Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. I’m going to go back and have a look, but I would say it’s probably been about a year since I read Maskerade.

(editing Rebecca here – in fact, I’ve not picked up a Discworld novel since 2019! Whoops!)

With this year’s aim being to work on ongoing series I have started, this definitely fits the bill. By no means am I going to finish the Discworld books this year. Even after reading Feet of Clay, which is the 19th book in the series, I won’t quite be half way through.

I really enjoyed the Discworld novels for their light and satirical nature. It has been far too long since I picked one up, and I hope that going back to the series now will kickstart me to pick it up more regularly in future.

 

Death of Kings

Another series I haven’t picked up for a while is Bernard Cornwell’s the Saxon Stories series. In March, I will be picking up the sixth book in this series – Death of Kings. I am already familiar with the story in this book from watching the TV series. However, I’m still excited to read it. Whilst both the book and the show are very good in their own right, they don’t spoil each other for me. They are both enjoyable for their own reasons.

I love Uhtred’s character and the perspective we get in these books. He is arrogant and not somebody I would ever choose to befriend. However, he makes for an interesting protagonist and I can’t wait to see how the events of history are portrayed in Uhtred’s perspective.

 

Stretch Goal

 

The Mad Ship

If I managed to make it through the five books already listed in this monthly TBR post, then I’m hoping to start The Mad Ship. I’m not even going to try and finish it. This book is the longest in the Liveship Trader series at just over 900 pages. Going for completion of this book as well would change my reading count from around 70 pages a day to 100. That’s obviously quite a big jump, and not all that realistic based on my performance last month. 

I love Robin Hobb and the Realm of the Elderlings books. However, I would be lying to you if I told you that they weren’t books you had to invest your time in. There is a lot of detail; they are not the quickest of reads. Even if I’m trying my hardest, I can’t binge read these books very well. Instead, I am going to take the slow and steady approach and aim to start this book before the end of the month and include/complete it as part of my next monthly TBR. We’ll see though. It’s still a beast, however I choose to tackle it. Wish me luck!

 

So, those are the books I am going to be reading as part of my Monthly TBR for March.

Have you read any of the books on this list? Is there anything on here that caught your eye as something you would like to try?

 

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