I’ve had an atrocious reading month! Truly atrocious.
I’ve picked up and dropped so many books, it’s unbelievable. I seem only capable of managing history books and easy fiction.
- My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin (kind of the source of my slump… that Sybil! Very disappointed.)
- Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (to be fair, I did accidentally lose the book. Apparently my fiancèe knows where it is though, so perhaps one day I’ll get to finish it! So far, I was really enjoying it. Very twist, much boom.)
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (kind of. As in I’ve not read any this month, but I’m loath to say I’m totally done with it)
- The Still Point by Amy Sackville (it’s wonderful, but my brain isn’t computing it well right now)
- London: A Travel Guide Through Time by Dr Matthew Green (…and loving it so far!! I’m nearly finished!)
- Women of the Left Bank by Shari Benstock (again, not read any for 2 months… but I’ll go back to it soon.)
So what did I actually finish??
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
- The Enchanted Island by Ellie O’Neill
- On Being Ill by Virginia Woolf… which is technically an essay.
Being perpetually exhausted and in pain doesn’t help very much, which has been pretty much my life this month, and frankly, reading can feel like a bit of a chore when all I want to do is sleep. Hopefully I’ll pull myself up and out of it soon, as I have time and time again! Chronic illness can be such a pest, especially when you’re having lots of lovely things happening and want to be doing everything.
(Edit: Indeed, when I wrote this, I was exhausted… and got the month wrong. Sleep is important, kids!)
I have also begun a job in a bookshop, which has been fantastic so far. I’m really enjoying myself, and I’ve had some wonderful customers who have truly been inspiring and a lot of fun! It takes a lot out of me but it’s worth it, as I’m finding it as mentally and intellectually challenging as it is physically… i.e. exactly how I like to work! Thanks to everyone for your well wishes and lovely thoughts when I started!
Hopefully December will be a better reading month for me, and I think it will be, so hopefully I’ll have more to report back on in January. *shudders*