Half A Book, Half A Book, Half A Book Onwards…


Good evening, fellow Bookworms!

Back again! This will either be the last blog of January 2017, or the first of February! Anyway, The Ashes of London was finished earlier this evening, in time for my book club meeting on Thursday! Yay! 4 books out of 30 on my Goodreads Challenge for this year. It’s a relatively low amount due to recent years and a few bad bouts of Reader’s Block. If I can get to that amount part-way through the year, I shall set a new total.

So, what to do next? Obviously, I always have books on the go, several of them, but I thought it might be a good idea to get a few half-read books finished off. Any I finish this year, even if I started them long ago, will count towards the Book Challenge, so let’s have a shufty at some of my half-read books, a few of which are in the photo…

Let’s start with Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. This is actually my dad’s. I bagsied it years ago! Ah well, I could always either give him his copy back and get one of my own, or perhaps get him a brand new copy of it. He’s 70 this autumn, so that might be an idea for a pressie. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernieres, is my own copy, but, as with Catch 22, it’s quite a long time since I started it. In fact, I think I started it way back in the 1990s! Oops! I really should give some serious thought to getting those two finished off at long bloody last, shouldn’t I?!

Jamrach’s Menagerie, by Carol Birch, has been in my collection for about 5 or 6 years now, and I am around two thirds of the way through it. No idea why my reading of this book became disrupted, although Reader’s Block might account for that situation, as it might for A Street Cat Named Bob, by James Bowen. I believe that one has been made into a film now. I’ve had Ghostwritten, by David Mitchell, for a good few years, too, although, to be fair, I did only start reading it last year, along with the audiobook. The CDs are on my laptop, so I could always resume that novel.

Another couple I picked up last year, and started last year, are There’s Only Two David Beckhams, by John O’Farrell, and The Diary of a Submissive, by Sophie Morgan, but as I have looked around, and started this blog, I have found a few others around Computer Corner which are half-read books! Oh dear! Eva Luna, by Isabel Allende, was started quite a long time ago, I think. As were The English, by Jeremy Paxman, The Beach Hut, by Veronica Henry, and Guernica, by Dave Boling!

So, I really DO need to get some finished off… And these are not books I’ve only just started, these are books I’m at least half-way through! So, I was reading them and enjoying them at some point, but, for some reason or another, that came to a halt when I was in the middle of each of these books!

Therefore, as well as all the other books, the book club choices, and any other partially-read tomes, I’m going to have to get some of these books finished!

I know there are even more than those I’ve listed here. Indeed, The Snowman, by Jo Nesbo, is half-read. I also think there are one or two on the notorious Duplicate Books List, which I have started but not yet finished. The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick de Witt is definitely one of those.

Do I have a plan? Nope! But what I can do is get some of these read and finished off alongside other books. If I have them close at hand and where I can see them, I’m likely to be reminded of their existence, which gives them more chance of being read! I can get Why We Love Music finished, though. I’m pretty close to finishing that one anyway! Talking of music, I’ve also started I Know This Much, by Gary Kemp. As I said the other day, there is a need to get that one read, as I’m meeting up with my friend soon, and she lent me that book. If I can get that one read, I can return it to her, along with Usain Bolt‘s autobiography, Faster Than Lightning, which I read last year.

I know this blog is not one of my long ones, but we’ve got down to the basics tonight – I’ve got a right shitload of half-read books, and there’s probably a few more lurking in the Book Chest in our garage! So, I’d better get on with some reading, hadn’t I? Expect to see a few previously-mentioned books enjoying a revival in future blog entries! For now though, take care and Happy Reading!

Joanne x x x

Books mentioned in this blog entry…

  • The Ashes of London – Andrew Taylor
  • Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  • Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch
  • A Street Cat Named Bob – James Bowen
  • Ghostwritten – David Mitchell
  • There’s Only Two David Beckhams – John O’Farrell
  • The Diary of a Submissive – Sophie Morgan
  • Eva Luna – Isabel Allende
  • The English – Jeremy Paxman
  • The Beach Hut – Veronica Henry
  • Guernica – Dave Boling
  • The Snowman – Jo Nesbo
  • The Sisters Brothers – Patrick de Witt
  • Why We Love Music – John Powell
  • I Know This Much – Gary Kemp
  • Faster Than Lightning – Usain Bolt

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