Here you see a wonderfully new idea (which is probably neither wonderful or new) for a feature I’ve added to my blog.
(I couldn’t think of a better, snappier name. I apologize)
This won’t be a weekly thing, just something to go up every so often. As you guys know, Sundays are the day my “random” posts go up – whether that be something creative, a top 10, recommendations…and now, possibly a Sunday Status.
So, this feature is a place where I can update you guys on anything book related – what I’m currently reading, what’s coming soon on my blog etc – and tell any stories that have made me reading life a little more interesting lately. Hence why it’s not a weekly thing, because my reading life (or just my life in general) is rarely interesting enough to have stories to tell.
So…what’s my Sunday Status?
Basically, this week – in between going out some days and blogging – I’m throwing myself into a self inflicted readathon.
I don’t mean booktubeathon. I believe that just ended. No, I really do mean “self inflicted” readathon.
Of course there is! When do I not have a ramble about something?
As pretty much everyone knows, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes out next Sunday (EEEEEEKKKKKKKKK!). And on that day, I plan to go and get my copy, spend some time in the bookstore because they’re bringing animals in, have dinner out…and then go on home and dive straight into Cursed Child. I want to read that book the second I get it.
Seriously, I’ll be going into hibernation. I’m collecting snacks and making a reading cave in my room and not leaving my house again until that book is read. You might see me pop up on social media – I’m sure everyone knows by now I never shut up on there – but I will not be leaving my reading cave.
I’m not a fan of reading more than one book at a time, so I started Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon a few days ago, giving myself a week and a half to read that HUGE chunk of a book (963 pages in total – whaaaaat?). I usually read about 100 pages a day – I’m a pretty slow reader, I’m too fidgety – so a week and a half would’ve been the perfect amount of time for me to read the book before the Cursed Child release.
And then book mail came.
Which, don’t get me wrong IT’S GREAT, but it was the cause of this self inflicted readathon.
Because this book mail happened to contain an ARC. An ARC for a book that’s released on August 1st – the day after Cursed Child. So now I also need to read and review that book preferably for next week’s review day (Friday).
Luckily the ARC isn’t a long one, just a bit over 200 pages, so I think…I THINK I’ll be able to do it.
My plan is to keep reading Dragonfly In Amber (at least 100 pages a day), and then when it gets to Tuesday, switch to the ARC and read it in a day or two, get the review for it up on Friday, while switching back to Dragonfly In Amber to hopefully finish it on Saturday. All in whatever spare time I have between going out and blogging.
I know this is a very long ramble of an explanation. And I know some of you will be sat there thinking “Ashleigh, you’re making this much more dramatic than it is. It’s easy to read both books by next week!” But trust me, Dragonfly In Amber is full of political history and is very detailed, so just that book alone will take me longer to trudge through – especially with it nearly 1000 pages long. I’m loving it though!
I’m currently 399/963 pages (about 40%) through Dragonfly In Amber. I sort of went on a reading spree yesterday and read 200 pages to try and get through it quicker. The book so far is SO GOOD – at first I was a bit hesitant about the story because the start really confused me, but now I’m just fully on board. Admittedly, there are times when the political history overwhelms me a bit and I have to reread paragraphs to wrap my head around it, but that’s just because I keep mixing up the names of the nobility involved.
I’m *hoping* the heat doesn’t trigger any more of my headaches because they literally turn me into a sack of stones. So if that happens, it’ll throw my progress off.
But I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to complete my self inflicted readathon, even if I do go into a frenzy doing so.
Other than that…I got two new books on Friday, as some of you might have seen on my Twitter or Instagram. So there’s going to be a decent sized book haul coming soon on my blog for this month – stay tuned!
And in celebration of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the next discussion post (on Wednesday) will be Harry Potter themed! I don’t quite know what I’ll be talking about yet – maybe what we hope will happen in Cursed Child. Maybe something about Hogwarts and the houses. Maybe something about the original series. Maybe an appreciation post. Maybe just a mix of everything.
If you have any requests of what you’d like to see in the Harry Potter discussion, let me know in the comments!
So there we have my Sunday Status!
What’s your Sunday Status?
Do you have any stories to tell about your reading experience lately?
What are you currently reading? How are you finding it?
Are you planning on getting Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…