Full-time work and I are not the best of friends at the moment. Working in front of a computer screen all day reading text and analyzing bank data does not make me want to read when I get home – it makes me tired and lazy. But such is life and while my current job is not perfect, I am aware that there are people in much worse situations.
So, after reading only three books in September (unfortunately not managing to complete my Space Opera September TBR), I’m planning to take a more relaxed approach to my reading goals for the rest of the year. Yes, I still want to have read 52 books by 31 December, but what I read will now have a much heavier focus on what I actually want to read.
In October, my loose plans are as follows:
- Finish Leviathan Wakes – James S.A. Corey. I started this in September and really enjoyed what I read. It’s quite a chunky book (for me, at least) so this will probably be the slow-burner in the background while I get on with more digestible reads.
- Finish The Stranger – Albert Camus. I’ve loaded this little novella onto my phone so that during my daily commute (and indeed just when boredom strikes and I have a spare two minutes – e.g. brushing my teeth) I can whip this out and crack on. I don’t think this will take me too long to finish, and it’s on my ‘modern classics’ list that I set out at the start of 2019.
- Finish The Winter Soldier – Daniel Mason. I asked for an ARC of this after seeing the publisher Tweet about it – and a couple of days later a nice paperback arrived in the post. I believe that this is released in early October, and so it is my priority for the time being. I’ve only read a short section of the novel so far, but I am actively enjoying the author’s reading style – a rare occurrence I must say.
- Finish Moroda – L. L. McNeil. The author contacted me and asked if I’d like to review a copy. After a bit of tooing and froing with Audible, I’ve managed to get my hands on an audiobook version and will be listening to this during my commute. I hope to get it finished by the end of the month.
These are, however, fairly loose plans. The only two books that I am actively trying to finish are the last two – people are expecting reviews for them as soon as possible and I’m going to do what I can to ensure that there isn’t a long delay.
In terms of blog activity, I will hopefully post one review a week for the foreseeable, and will be posting a little catch up on Space Opera September when I have the time. Closer to November I’ll be posting my Non-fiction November TBR (again, only loosely planned).
Please do point me in the direction of your October reading plans – I know we’re a fair way into the month already but I’ve been away from the blog for a while and need to catch up!