Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Bout of Books: Wednesday

Bout of Books
So, I spent my night dreaming about Dexter and Candy Crush and possibly Dexter playing Candy Crush, which probably tells you all you need to know about my evening.  Ooops.  Anyway, this morning I've been up since... sometime super-early... thanks to the wind howling through the trees outside (again).  As a result I'm off to a good start with my reading, so even though I have some stuff to do and places to go today, hopefully my page count won't be too awful!  Good luck for Day 3, everyone!

Books I've read from:  Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Pages read today:  66
Books finished today:  None
Running total:  1 books; 241 pages   
The menu:  Chocolate chip muffin, apple, coffee, sweet tea
Today #insixwords:  Places to go, people to see...
Notes:  Not a stellar day for reading today, despite my early start!  I had quite a bit going on in the end - Dad came for a couple of hours for coffee, we went out for dinner in the evening - so I didn't read that much at all really.  On the plus side, Casino Royale's getting good now.  There's less espionage-jargon to send my brain in circles, more action to contend with, and fortunately the big gambling scene is preceded by a simple and coherent explanation of the rules of baccarat which meant I could just about follow the game even if I don't understand the stakes.  It would be a very boring section of the book if I was completely clueless as to what was happening!

Books, cats and snacks: my three favourite things!

Introduce Someone to Your Favourite Genre Challenge
Hosted by Doing Dewey

For this challenge, we're asked to pick a book or a few books that we think would make a great introduction to our genre of choice. 

I don't exactly have a favourite genre - I read a bit of everything - but since people sometimes find classics daunting, I thought I'd share one of my favourites.  One of the first classics I ever bought and read for myself, at the age of perhaps 11 or 12, was The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.  It's a great place for a classics novice to start, because it doesn't really feel like a classic at all!  It's funny and pithy (as you'd expect from Oscar Wilde) but also has a deliciously dark, debauched and gothic storyline that's so gripping that I couldn't stop reading.  It's about a beautiful young man who unwittingly sells his soul to the devil in order to stay that way forever, while his newly-painted portrait grows old in his place.  Knowing he can do anything he likes without his face paying the price, it isn't long before he succumbs to all the temptations that the world has to offer...  It's one of my all-time favourite books, I highly recommend it!

Three days in and still reading... how are you all getting on?  Still reading like fury, or giving yourself a bit of a mid-readathon break?


  1. I can't read about you reading Casino Royale without being distracted by images of the delicious Daniel Craig! I'm not generally a fan of Bond films but I make an exception for the recent ones because Mr Craig is just yummy in a tux! How are you finding the book version?

    Also, hurrah for the book count! *waves pom poms*

    1. Soooo, as it turns out, the movie's better than the book. Although, tempting as Mr Craig's pecs may be, it was the beautiful Eva Green and her amazing dresses that made it for me. :P

      THE BOOK COUNT HAS GONE UP BY ONE, CHARLOTTE. Only now I don't know what to read next. The double-edged sword of 11pm at night.

  2. That's a pretty edition *paws*

    I want to read some James Bond, but I have to gear myself up for it being incredibly sexist. Some how it's easier to ignore in the cheesy films.

    1. It's incredibly sexist, and AT LEAST in the cheesy films the woman's sort of a match for Bond. Not someone to be reluctantly tolerated, then bedded, while being repeatedly called a bitch and wished away back to her kitchen and her frocks and her general feminine weakness. Ugh.

  3. Like you, I chose to pick a classics for this particular challenge! I chose to focus on Russian Classics as I was a Russian language major in college and loved reading Russian novels too.

    My favorite Russian classics are as follows:

    The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (one of my all time favorite novels ever!!)

    A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov (another one of my all time favorite novels ever!!)

    The Queen of Spades & Other Stories by Alexander Pushkin.

    I haven't read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, so will have to add it to my reading wishlist. :-)

    1. Do - I might even reread it next! I have a copy of Master and Margarita somewhere, I'll have to stop being intimidated by its Russian-ness and dig it out... :P


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