Bout of Books 10: Monday

Books I’ve read from:  
Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes 
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
Pages read today:
72 from Look Who’s Back
35 from The Reason I Jump
Books finished today:
Running total:
107 pages   
Non-reading progress:  
Lots of work-related admin!
Review: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Today #insixwords:  
Too much work to read properly.


1:27pm: So it’s obviously fairly redundant to be writing an update post when I’ve only read five pages, but this way I can keep popping back to update and I don’t have to take too long a break from the work I have to do at home today. I’ve been at the doctor’s this morning for an utterly pointless visit and now I’m at home with volunteers and service users to contact. I managed five pages of a book about Hitler’s return to modern-day Germany (it’s excellent, but more on that later) but now I have to crack on. Happy reading!

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.

Happy Read-a-thoning!  



  1. Yay! Congratulations on finishing your first book so early on, you're doing so well! I've been seeing Look Who's Back everywhere lately and it sounds so intriguing, I'm so tempted to pick it up, especially after hearing you enjoyed it so much 🙂
    Good luck for the rest of the read-a-thon, hope that you have a great reading week! 🙂 xx

    1. admin says:

      A lot of people have been saying they've seen it everywhere, but I'd never heard of it before I saw it on the Waterstones table. Maybe I should pay more attention to book releases!

      I really do recommend it. It's different, but so much better than I was expecting.

  2. Ellie says:

    Congratulations on finishing the booook! And getting a review up for TSotF, which I'm going to read as soon as I'm done rambling all over your comments section (I'm not sure if that sounds a bit dirty, or like I threw up on you… you can decide). I'm looking forward to reading it (OBVIOUSLY, hence the buying it in hardback thing) and am very pleased that we can now put Longbourn behind us and move on. The other Hitler-related new novel that I couldn't remember while we were out is Prisoner of Night and Fog, the one from the POV of a girl in a family very close to Hitler (he's her not-really-uncle). I keep getting the title muddled up with The House of Sand and Fog, so… oops.


    1. admin says:

      Thanks. It was a really hard review to write as well, because I think most of the book is better if you DON'T know the details.

      Haha, definitely dirty…maybe something dribbly and over a wide area?


      Prisoner of Night and Fog sounds interesting, I've just looked it up. It seems like it's either going to be really good or really bad…

  3. I love how you are keeping track of your reading. Very good!! You are for sure dedicated. You are doing really I mean we have to make time for video games right??? Guild Wars is a game I have been wanting to play for a while now.

    My Bout of Books Goals and Challenges

    1. admin says:

      Thanks, I have a soft spot for forms and numbers!

      I'd definitely recommend Guild Wars 2. They had an offer on a fortnight or so ago so I bought it while it was cheap and now I love it 🙂

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