Bout of Books Day 6

Another quick update post for the Bout of Books 11 Read-a-thon, day 6 is here and since yesterday I’ve done nothing more than enjoy my visit to Liverpool. On reflection, perhaps this week wasn’t the best week in which to do a read-a-thon but a low-key, low-fuss read-a-thon like the Bout of Books is perfect because you can still fit reading in around your commitments for the week – not that visiting some lovely people is exactly a ‘commitment’ or an ‘obligation’. In either case, it’s definitely made me remember how much I love books/reading which is a win, really, in any case.


4pm – spent a lovely morning/afternoon in Liverpool, visiting Liz, BBQ tonight with university friends here so maybe I should get a bit of reading done in the lovely afternoon sun whilst chilling at Liz’s house. I accidentally on purpose bought three books in Oxfam book shop – Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare, Dave Boling’s Guernica, and Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. Ooops? Except not really, since I did restrain myself from buying about four different Penguin Clothbounds in Waterstones (and I could’ve bought practically every Penguin edition I could get my hands on) so I think that’s a suitable level of restraint, right?

10:30pm – after a brilliant BBQ (courtesy of Liz and her parents), I settled down to read The Shock of the Fall, curled up at the end of her living room to the sounds of Kisstory and The Hits – along with the occasional “oh tuuune” exclamation – which makes for interesting background noise to say the least. I have now, however, finished the book. I think I liked it, I’m not quite sure, I feel a little bit unsettled by it but I can’t deny it was a gripping story. Now, onwards? To Notes from an Exhibition methinks.


Spell It Out @ Kimberly Faye Reads


Emma by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Mad World by Paul Byrne
Archangel by Robert Harris

(All books courtesy of Liz’s dad’s bookshelf, one hell of a collection!)



How’s everyone doing this week? Almost the home stretch and yet I still have a book to finish and another one to complete if I can say that I’ve vaguely ‘done’ this read-a-thon well enough for my own liking.

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