I can't believe it's already Labor Day. No, scratch that. I can't believe it's already past Labor Day. When we were kids and everyone told us time flies when you're older, well they weren't lying that's for sure. But, before I digress into the irony of weekday wishing for the weekend and inadvertently wishing your life away, this post is the Big Book Summer Challenge Wrap up. Back, right after Memorial Day (distant times, years long gone) I posted about the 2018 Big Book Summer Challenge and tasked myself with reading four big books. To qualify as a big book, the length has to surpass 400 pages. My list included:
So how'd I do?
About that well. I managed to finish Leviathan Wakes, and I honestly, truly enjoyed it. I'll definitely be continuing the series when I work through the rest of my backlog/never ending TBR pile. I didn't, however, get through the remainder of my goal.
I started two books that qualified as big books but were not on my list above. Unfortunately, I got about 68% through both and finally put them in the did-not-finish category. I know. . . I know. If I got that far, why didn't I just finish them? To be honest? I just wasn't enjoying them. Neither were bad books per say, one is even very well known and raved about, I just couldn't bring myself to keep trying to read them. It got to the point where I was slowly turning pages just to try and mark them down as done. So I stopped.
The bad news? I only read one big book this summer. The good news? I just started Dune and it really seems like what I need at the moment.
Alright, so in my last post that lasted all of .7 seconds I promised a more in-depth update especially seeing as the year is half over and I haven't talked about the second quarter reading catalogue! And seeing as I just finished the best book I've read so far this year, I guess we'll start there.
My goal this year is to read 24 books and though I'm a little behind I am nowhere near as lagging as I have been in the past. I just finished the 10th book of the year which puts me at 42% and just two books behind schedule. When I last left off, I believe it was either with Agents of Dreamland or Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth. I could go back and look at the old post but I'd have to draft this one click out, find the post, yada-yada whatever. Okay so random fire two-sentence reviews:
Okay, now that we have that out of the way: things are progressing. Subs are out. Drafts are done. Good things be happenin! If you're across the pond keep you're eyes open. A member of the street team is country hopping through Europe and is planning on Emma Watson'ing a couple copies of the book. So, if you happen to stumble upon it wherever it is hidden, tag myself and Owl Hollow Press on social media and I'll reach out with something special to send you.
So it's officially summer and I am significantly behind on my reading goal for the year. And it's not even that big! Seriously, how hard is it to read twenty-four books in a year? For some people this is probably something they can pull off in a month or two. Apparently (and if we look at previous reading challenges of years gone by to confirm this) it's a monumental task for me. . . .
I blame Playstation. Except I love Playstation so no I don't. : )
It's not like there aren't twenty-four books that I want to read, there's probably at least twenty at my house sitting in the to-read pile. One major shift that has happened though: while I used to finish (or at least try extremely hard to finish) every book I started, my threshold for tossing a book aside has widened. If I don't care about the main character by the hundredth page then I'm out. If there are pages and pages and pages of expose that just drag on and on and on then I'm done. I love Stephen King but I could NOT get through The Stand. I tried and then I tried again. And while the book started off awesome, I got to around the 300th page and I couldn't do it anymore. It's not a length thin. I devoured Under the Dome in less than a week. I just couldn't get into The Stand. Same thing with the second book of A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings. No, I don't watch the show.
I've been getting better at balancing things though. I only have two or three things going in each of my multimedia addictions. So, no new books until I start getting through the ones I already have! I tore through Max Barry's Lexicon in about two weeks. Talk about great. There's a reason it won a bunch of awards and was recognized by both Time Magazine and NPR.
Anyways, that's my rant. Maybe I should put down the laptop and pick up a book?