So that time of year has come again whether you are one of those sometimes misunderstood people who have the festive spirit or one of those Humbugs who just doesn’t understand it.
For me it means long days and weeks and struggling to find time to keep up with the reading, whilst trying to de-stress and spend time with loved ones (because family are not just for Christmas!) Maybe it’ll be different this year. Retail at Christmas!
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. I started the Fellowship a year ago and never got around to continuing with Two Towers afterwards. I used to read the trilogy at least once a year but other books intervened.
Shadow Of Night by Deborah Harkness. Book two of the All Souls Trilogy and also following along with the real time read.
I’ve just started Howard’s End E.M. Forster after watching the tv series and finally finishing a Thomas Hardy book: A Pair of Blue Eyes. I started reading this months ago but kept reading other books the same time and when I got bored I didn’t stick it out. When I stopped reading other books I realised how good it was and finished it quite quickly.
I need to remember not to read too many books at once but there are so many books I want to read. If I read less books at once I am more likely to finish them. But I read a book recently that I could not get into and had to read something else! It brought up that dilemma that I sometimes get should I stop reading or struggle to the end? I think sometimes I might not like a book because I’m not in the mood for it or I’m tired and maybe if I read it again I might like it. But then you could get to the end of the book and feel like it’s wasted your time and that you could’ve read something else. There seems to be two types of readers: those who will finish a book even if they hate it and those who will stop reading if they don’t like it. I am as usual somewhere in the middle!
I’ve read one Terry Prachett book and loved it –Equal Rites- but when I’ve tried to read others I can’t get into them at all! But I want to try Hogfather again this year and I have my festive reading already lined up! So I’m hoping to finish Howard’s End in about two weeks and then start my festive reads.
Can I do it? Do I never learn?