Personal Readathon – Day 4

For all that I had quite a bit to get done today, I think I still managed some good reading.

Or maybe it only seems that way because I finished a half-finished book and made some progress on another. Everything feels better when you finish many small things instead of making a load of progress on one big thing.

whofearsdeathFirst off, I finally finished Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death, a book which has gone unfinished for mumblemumble months now. It’s not that it’s a bad book. The very opposite, in fact. It’s just that I set it down and forgot where it was and then got distracted by other books before I found it again, and then found the prospect of picking up a half-finished book where I wasn’t sure I completely remembered all I’d previously read was a little daunting.

But I sank right back into the story as though I’d never left.

That makes 3 books finished so far.

gameofthronesThen, for the ASOIAF readalong that I’m doing with other folks through Mithril Wisdom, I started reading George R R Martin’s A Game of Thrones.  (Not the cover of the actual book I’m reading, but close enough.) And I am struck with the sensation that I have travelled back in time and am in high school once again, discovering the Wheel of Time books for the first time. This is exactly the kind of epic fantasy that I haven’t been able to sink my teeth into since then, and I can tell just from the first few chapters that I’m going to enjoy reading these books. It’s a combination of nostalgia and newness all at once, and that’s a powerful combination to overcome. And I’m not sure I want to overcome it!

Tomorrow I’m definitely starting Elizabeth Bear’s Shoggoths in Bloom, and with luck will finish it before the end of the day. I do have some annoying out-of-the-house stuff to do tomorrow, but the longest part of that will involve waiting for and riding the bus, and that’s just code for “reading time” so far as I’m concerned! So I don’t foresee any problem with finishing it in a day.

3 comments on “Personal Readathon – Day 4

  1. “It’s a combination of nostalgia and newness all at once” – ah yes. I sometimes think that this is the coveted literary holy grail – something that is both familiar and appealing to us in terms of how it reminds us of something we already know and love, but is also completely its own thing: innovative and original and gives a whole new experience…

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