Today is the first day of the Last Minute Read-A-Thon and so I will be sharing with you all what my plans are for this event.
There are four books I’m planning to read during this time, all in paperback. As much as I love my kindle and ebooks, it does mean that the paperback books I buy tend to get pushed to the back of my list as the ease of popping my kindle in to my bag knowing I have a multitude of choices for whatever mood I’m in leaves my paperbacks stuck on my TBR shelf.
1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
I bought this in a bit of a book buying binge earlier this year when I walked in to Waterstones planning to buy as many books from as many different genres as possible and had great fun skipping around the different sections choosing what to get. I have very fond memories of buying books on this day as another customer had noticed me exploring every inch of every bookshelf and offered, in a very friendly way, some suggestions. Although this wasn’t one of those suggestions , it has left a vivid memory of buying this book. I have never read any of Agatha Christie’s works before now and feel that it’s about time I did.
2. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
This was bought second hand at my local Church’s Spring Fayre. I’m really looking forward to this as I read another book by Ishiguro last year, though it was a book of short stories, called “Nocturnes”. They were charming little stories about music and night that I enjoyed for some light reading so I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy this having already enjoyed another of the author’s works.
3. Gypsy boy by Mikey Walsh
This one was also picked up at the Church Fayre. It is not something I would have normally picked up for myself in a shop but my Mom adores books like these so I decided that, even if I didn’t read it, it would make a nice gift for her. Turns out she had already read it on her kindle but she gave it very high praises so I am going to finally take the plunge and give it a go. I’ve read a lot of varied reviews on this so I’m looking forward to adding my own thoughts once I am done.
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This may be last on the list, but it is the one I will be reading first. I am already halfway through and was enjoying it very much up to the point that I reached but then for some reason I just stopped. I think perhaps I got distracted by another shiny looking book. I’d just like to point out how much I love this edition for its cover art! The pages are yellow round the edge too, and in fact I just adore the look of the book in general. I got this in the summer from a gorgeous bookshop in Corbridge called FORUM Books. Unfortunately I haven’t had chance to return as I don’t have much reason to go to Corbridge and it is a long way for me to travel to go for the book store alone but if you happen to be around there be sure to check it out.
So there we have it, four books over four days! I’m trying my best not to be distracted by the shiny new books I received for Christmas but I’ll just have to be strict with myself and keep those hidden in a corner whilst I finish these. So many books, so little time…
What have you ended up with in your “To be read” pile at the end of this year? Did you get through all the books you wanted to or did you get far less reading done than you’d hoped? Let me know in the comments section!