Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bout of Books 15- Tuesday


Reading: Ariel by Sylvia Plath, Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson, What Makes This Book so Great by Jo Walton


Pages read: 348
Total pages read: 589
Books finished: Ariel
Total books finished: 3

Pages read so far: 231
Good afternoon! It's just getting dark outside which means it's breakfast time for Gemma. Oh, night shift, what have you done to me...

I forgot how boring night shift is during the week- there's basically no customers so we just clean the place from top to bottom and spend the rest of the time wandering around aimlessly. I was supposed to finish at 6 am but someone was late so I didn't get away until 6:45... bleh.

Anyway! On the reading front I've been pretty successful- I managed to finish Ariel when I got in, so that's a third book toppled! Now I'm reading Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson which I've substituted for Tampa as it's due back at the library first. I don't think I ever quite grew out of Jacqueline Wilson, though I haven't read any of her stuff in ages. This one's set in 1913, about a girl who becomes a suffragette- so I couldn't not read it, obviously. The print's huge so that's why my page count has skyrocketed!

I'm amazed at how well the read-a-thon's going so far, especially with being so busy. I've just been picking up a book in my spare moments instead of playing on my phone, and it's made such a difference. Lesson learned!

Pages read so far: 267
I've spent the past couple of hours in the library working on that dreaded essay- yeah, I'm stressing. I have so much to do! Which would normally be fine, but when you also work up to 40 hours a week it's difficult to find more than a couple of hours a day to do any uni work. I'm off Friday and Saturday and I was hoping to be able to meet up with my girlfriend or go see The Danish Girl but it's looking like I'm going to have to hide away in the library the entire weekend. Ugh. Seriously can't wait until these essays are done and submitted!

Alongside Opal Plumstead, which is still really good, I've started on What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton. It's a collection of essays about SF and reading and re-reading. I haven't read hardly any of the books she mentions, but that's not bothering me much so far. It's just making me add yet more books to my wishlist, which is not a bad thing at all.


  1. I hope I never get old enough to grow out of Jacqueline Wilson. Love Jen, aged 29 and eleven twelfths :-)

  2. Well done for your readathon success so far. I hope the rest of the week goes well for you. I too still have a soft spot for Jacqueline Wilson, and recently I just had to buy her "Katy" book which is an updated version of "What Katy Did." I was very impressed by the result. And "Opal Plumstead" is another one I'd like to read. Happy reading!