General thoughts: I managed to read more on day five of the readathon than on days three and four put together! I began reading The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan a couple of minutes before midnight on day four, and so a lot of my reading on day five was taken up by that. It’s a very slow-paced read, and sometimes the multiple narrators seem slightly unnecessary, but I’m intrigued by it and the flooded world setting is fascinating and so original to read about. I wanted to mention one particular quote, because it really struck me and shows Logan’s intent with this world:
Over time the landlockers had learned to blame the banks, the relentless drive for more money, for the rising seas and the loss of their land. Once upon a time they’d had a whole planet of fields and plains and deserts and forests. Now they had to make do with the patched-up corners of gutted cities, to cluster their homes around half-dead copses, to scrape what they could from their tiny footholds in a swallowing sea.
I had already planned to do some dissertation research this week, and in order to do both that and continue making progress with the readathon, I picked up A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well for the first time (I know!) I’m reading that as my book that I read in one spot because it’s relatively short. I’m halfway through it, and I’m finding it okay at the moment, but I’m definitely beginning to think that when it comes to drama, tragedies have more impact than comedies, for me.
Tomorrow, I plan to at least finish The Gracekeepers!
Pages read today: 178
Total pages read so far: 564
Challenges completed today: 0
Total challenges completed so far: 1
Total books read so far: 1
We’re well over halfway there now, but I’m not giving up on my hopes of reading a total of one thousand pages! Have you reached any goals yet if you’re taking part?