I think one of the best policies to adopt in life is honesty. I’d be lying if I said I’ve been quiet because I’ve been busy reading lots, I haven’t. As much as I love my job it has occupied a lot of my time and life over the past month or so, I’ve even been working from home at weekends in order to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible and that things are getting done a lot sooner than necessary. This has meant that I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to dedicate to reading in the evening or weekends. However as the filming comes to an end on Wednesday my reading regime should become a lot healthier.
As well as trying to stick to the Reading Challenge I have also been reading some titles that have been sent to me for review, not only for this book blog but also Belle About Town, which those more astute readers amongst you will remember is the website I review books for. This has taken precedence over the challenge somewhat, although this irks me slightly, it’s also nice to not feel the pressure of trying to source the book for the next category.
I guess this is a semi apology and also a way in asking for some motivation from my fellow book lovers out there. How do you keep on top of a passion when work and life seem to take over so much? Trust me I have tried to do some reading for at least 30 minutes before bed every night but due to the long hours it’s been hard to keep my eyes open for even a paragraph. At the weekends when I’ve not been working, I have been spending quality time with my husband and also trying to catch up with things that needed doing in the house. Can anyone suggest what I could do to get me back into the swing of reading things? Are there any tried and tested methods that any fans of my bog use that gets them through a book in a matter of days? If so I’d like to hear from you, so why not comment below.
I think one of the nicer things I have done recently included getting the house in order and also my love of books, for months now I have been looking at my bookcase and despairing. It was messy with review books, new books and borrowed books discarded on any spare shelf. So yesterday my husband and I took some time out to clear the bookcase out, polish it, alphabetise and make it look as it was intended to look. If you look at the photo below the left image shows the before, the right image shows the after. Strangely my cousin said she preferred the before, but I much prefer the right. I can see all my books clearly and can easily identify which ones I haven’t read, which ones would be great for my challenge and which ones I need to cover for review.
I have also bought a few new titles, they are;
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (for my Kindle)
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn (this was based on the cover alone – which is part of the reading challenge)
Dead Star Island by Andrew Shantos
I’d love to know what titles you have been buying and enjoying. So please do get in touch. Keep an eye open, I’ll hopefully be posting more reviews soon, until then happy reading fellow bookworms.