Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
35 from The Reason I Jump
Review: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Too much work to read properly.
3:47pm: Ooh, 21 pages, I’m on a roll! It’s hard to be disappointed about my reading progress when I’ve got so much work done though. My e-mail inbox is now looking an awful lot healthier than it was and I’ve started researching a mental health training scheme that I want to implement for my volunteers. I haven’t started any reviews yet, but I’ve earmarked sometime this evening.
6:01pm: This is the most boring update post in the world, isn’t it? Well, I’ve reached 45 pages during breaks in my paperwork but I’ve finished for the day now. Time to have a quick tidy up and then I can settle down for the evening with Look Who’s Back.
7pm: I’ve finished my first book! Alright, so I’ve been reading it for a few days but I’m still counting it as a victory. I bought this book last Thursday when I went book shopping with Ellie, but I only noticed it when she picked it up and waved it at me. It’s so good I’ll actually forgive her for the Longbourn fiasco.
Basically, Adolph Hitler wakes up in Berlin in 2011. No explanation is given as to why, but that’s alright. He has to come to terms with the new world… but the world also has to come to terms with him! It’s much more than I was expecting, because let’s face it, a book like this has the potential to be awful.
It’s a little heavy to be good read-a-thon fodder, but at the same time I could barely cope with putting it down to get some work down so perhaps it wasn’t too bad a choice after all. Review tomorrow, hopefully!
10:43pm: Well, Monday’s read-a-thon is over. I read a little from The Reason I Jump and I could probably have gone further… but I didn’t want to. I’m just not ‘getting it’ and so, although it’s very accessible and easy to read, I’m still struggling.
On the bright side, it did free me up to actually write a review! Here you go: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer. I actually read this a few weeks ago but it was a very difficult review to get down on paper. One review down, four to go!
Tomorrow I’m off to York to deliver a training day to the new cohort of volunteers. I won’t have much time to reading but that’s okay – I love doing it as I get to meet the people I’ll be working with over the next year. Plus I can read on the train.
Anyway, I’m off to play Guild Wars 2 for half an hour before I go to bed.