48-hour TBR read-a-thon – halfway point

48-hour TBR read-a-thon

So, an update on my progress so far in the 48-hour TBR read-a-thon. Yesterday I started well, finishing off Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (which I was already three-quarters through) before reading Saturday by Ian McEwan, on the back of a recommendation from Kath of [Insert suitably snappy title here…]. That turned out to be an excellent choice, keeping me so absorbed that I was awake until 1 a.m. when I finished it.

Today I decided to tackle Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut, which I’ve been eager to read for a while but then I mentioned this to a friend on Thursday who said she thought it was horribly hard-going, so that put me off. Some encouragement via Twitter put me back on track and I am definitely liking it so far. I’m only halfway through, partly because it’s not a quick read despite its short length, but also because I wasn’t able to entirely ignore the rest of the world today.

I’ll write proper reviews at a later point, but for now some quick summaries:

The Graveyard Book is an evocative, imaginative adventure with intriguing characters and, in true Gaiman style, doesn’t shy away from tough subject matter. However, I just wasn’t absorbed by it and kept putting it aside to read other things instead.

Saturday, on the other hand, was all-consuming and brought together politics, self-discovery, brilliant characterisation and outstanding writing. My only complaint would be that the main character is so irritatingly, snobbishly upper middle class; but that’s part of the point of course.

And now I’ll get back to the reading. I hope all my fellow read-a-thoners are enjoying their weekend reads!

(If you missed my last post and are wondering what all this is about, Wallace of Unputdownables challenged her readers to join her for a 48-hour TBR read-a-thon this weekend. I am still intending to read the Southland Tales books by David Kelly, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Double Fault by Lionel Shriver. Or at least, that’s the slightly unrealistic aim.)

7 thoughts on “48-hour TBR read-a-thon – halfway point

  1. Leeswammes (Judith) February 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    It’s going well, Kate! I don’t think I read Saturday, but I might well do so in future. I loved On Chesil Beach and didn’t love The Atonement. So it might go either way.

    Keep it going. Will you finish SH5 today? It should be possible.

  2. Nose in a book February 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Judith My opinion of McEwan books varies a lot too. Loved A Child in Time, thought Atonement was good but not great, and there was another I read that I found so dull I’ve forgotten its title!

  3. talkie_tim February 6, 2011 at 12:07 am

    OK. Now stop watching me play Scott Pilgrim and get back to it.

  4. Amanda February 6, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Sounds like you’re making excellent headway!

  5. Kath February 6, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Hooray! Glad you liked Saturday. I get a tiddly bit nervous when I make a recommendation like that but it worked out so phew. Yep, the main character is a bit painfully la-di-dah but I agree that this is the point of the book. Anyway – go you! You’re making far more progress than me at this stage but today I have the house to myself and a sleepy dog so fingers crossed I get to finish Snow!

  6. Leeswammes (Judith) February 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Just checking in to see how you’re getting on. Are you still reading?

  7. Nose in a book February 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Kath Oh, I loved Snow but it took me a long time – definitely a book to linger over.

    Judith Still going! Half of a Yellow Sun is amazing but also intense. Suspect I won’t finish it today.

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