This month seems to be the month I have started 500 books and finished none! I can’t quite believe it. I’ve always been the type of reader that cannot be reading more than one book at once. When I studied at University, it felt like I had all the time in the world to read but also absolutely none, simply because all I could do was read my course books. I wasn’t one of those who could flick because de Beauviour and the latest thriller. I couldn’t dismay at Dickens and then devour a YA. I had to focus on whatever I was reading at the time and just promise those books waiting on my shelves that I would get to them at some point.
During Lockdown, I have really got into bookclubs. Which has been utterly fantastic! I have discovered so many books I may not have read otherwise, but it does also mean that I seem to be halfway through a lot of books. Today I thought I’d share the books I am currently reading (as marked on GoodReads), those I plan on reading next, as well as my plans for FinishAthon which is happening next week.
Emma by Jane Austen – This is probably the book I am giving most of my attention to at the moment. I have a gorgeous bookishly edition of this classic, and to be honest the fact I pick it up so much is because it is so pretty. I’m reading this Jessica’s Let’s get classical book club read for July and am really enjoying it. I think the fact I am reading it alongside the audiobook is helping because then you truly get a sense of Jane Austen’s sarcasm and humour. I have to say that Emma is not a character I particularly like at the moment, her calculating, manipulative, and down right arrogant actions meaning I am less than impressed, but I’m excited to see if there’s a redemption arc there somwhere.
The Empire of Gold by S.S. Chakraborty – The final enstallment of the City of Brass series is one I cannot wait to finish. I am also listening to this on audiobook, and am wishing that I had read the other two with the audiobook too as it has completely transformed my reading experience. I went with the audiobook for completely frivolous reasons, in that I have the other two in paperback and couldn’t stomach having the final book in a different format, but at the same time couldn’t wait to read it. If you are yet to explore this series, I cannot recommend it enough – and now will recomend the audiobook with even more enthusiasm.
The next two books – Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe and The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by HP Lovecraft – are books I need to finish ideally this month because I am using them as part of my lesson planning for September. With my A Level class, we are looking at the evolution of Gothic Fiction and Horror and these are two collections of short stories that promise to be creepy and utterly tantalizing. I have marked off which tales I think hold potential and am slowly working my way through the collections. I know I haven’t got that many left of Poe but have only just started Lovecraft so have quite a bit of reading ahead of me.
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick – This is one of those reads that you start reading and then get sidetracked and now we’re months later and you had no idea that it was still marked as ‘currently reading’. I picked this book for my OWLS back in April and just never finished it. I think I picked something up to replace it but honestly who knows at this stage. I have had this on my shelves for quite sometime and know I should sit down and actually finish it at some point, but to be honest I have absolutely no idea when.
I am currently in the process of looking to move and, although I am staying at my parents at the moment thanks to the joys of shared accomdation with strangers and a global pandemic, have been packing up my childhood bedroom. This is the first I have actually considered all the books I own as this tends to be where the books that don’t quite make the cut stay rather than coming with me (probably a good time to mention that there are still at least 30 books waiting for me in previously mentioned shared accomdation) and are now actually boxed up after a proper sort through. I did have to take a moment of reflection to realise I have two boxes of kitchen supplies and five (!) boxes of books. I think I have my priorites straight.
Therefore my current TBR is actually made up of the books I have bought after said boxing up and those I kept out because I know I want to get round to them soon. There is quite a mix here and I can’t wait to dive into each.
- City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
- European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss
- The Foundling by Stacey Halls
- The Phonebox at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina
- The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes
- Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
#FinishAthon is a week long readathon happening from Monday 27th July to Sunday 2nd August, with the ‘focus on finishing the MANY books that have sat unfinished for far too long’. It is hosted by the wonderful Tazmyn at teabooksandtazmyn on Youtube, and can be found on twitter and instagram using the hashtag #FinishAthon . My aim to have finished at least two books off my ‘currently reading’ list within that week. Fingers crossed!
And there we have it! Those are the books I’m planning on working through over the next couple of weeks. What book are you hoping to finish soon and will you be taking part in #FinishAthon.