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