Ah, oops. Since the previous update, there has been an inconvenient time sink (I believe the correct term is “food poisoning”, which is especially impractical because it’s hard to read books with fever-shivers) – but I knew even when I signed up for the read-a-thon that something always gets in the way when I commit to anything. It’s one of those laws!
But, ok, looking over the week – here’s what was read inbetween horrible organic events:
Last half of M. R. Carey’s The girl with all the gifts (200 pages)
Started on Sarah Vowell’s The wordy shipmates (100 pages)
Graphic novel: Amulet vol. 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (224 pages, but I don’t know if graphic novels are excluded from this, so I’m leaving it out of final pagecount)
Graphic novel: Saga vol. 3 (144 pages, left out of final pagecount)
Ursula Le Guin’s The word for world is forest (160 pages)
Started on Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim (300 pages read so far)
Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams: Essays (226 pages)
Started on Clifford D. Simak’s Way Station (100 pages)
Week total page count, excluding graphic novels: just over 1000 pages
…And this evening I’m probably going to add the last 100ish pages of Sandman Slim, and perhaps Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately, the milk. Depending on sleepiness levels.
I made a couple of bad choices in a row here, assuming a couple of non-fiction reads would flow easier than they did. For my next read-a-thon, I’ll just attack a door-stopper like The way of kings. I think I read the fastest when I get into the flow of a larger novel, rather than hopping between short ones. (Not saying reading speed is a great and noble goal by itself, it’s just fun to record these things once in a while, right?)
Is the final page count for this week higher or lower than in a normal week? I think it’s pretty near my average – these things will inevitably vary. One week there are things to do and sleeps to sleep, another week there’s nothing but text. Sometimes, as I’ve experienced, there’s evil chicken within the digestive system to wrestle with. Good times!