Another work day for me, so all spare time devoted to reading and Instagram challenges. No Social Media play today. I’ve got tomorrow off though so hopefully can join in some Twitter sprints then.
Day Two’s book was ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’ by Ernest Hemingway. I’ve read a few of Hemingway before, so I think I have a fairly rounded view on his works. There are a couple of things I enjoy about Hemingway’s writing, the first is that his style is very basic, it’s not overflowing with prose. This can lead to a stilted reading experience for some, but others are unexplainedly swept along with the story.
For example, the final story in this collection of short stories is ‘Big two-hearted River part 2’ It’s a visceral story, so vividly described you can actually feel yourself standing in the river watching the events unfold. On reflection, it’s a ten page story about a man catching a trout! but to channel emotion through a story like that, no matter what you think of his style, that’s amazing writing.
The other thing I like about Hemingway, is that he was one of the first writers I read where i realised that the ‘happy ending’ is not always guaranteed. That may be a bit of a bleak way of looking at things, but it also leaves a lot of options open for where the story can go, and I love that.
So, the good news is I also finished this book in one day too, and i’ve earnt another badge!
Of course I participated in the Instagram Challenge, which today was ‘Cosplay as a character from a book’. Looking at my TBR pile, with limited resources I felt that james Bond was my best option. However I fear I may be less a suave British spy and more a Doctor Who candidate.
So to the important bit . .
Stats for Day 2 are:
Pages read: 138
Time spent Reading: 3hrs
Books Finished: 1
Challenge so far Stats:
Pages read: 374
Time spent Reading: 5hrs 45mins
Books Finished: Two (A Country to call Home, the Snows of Kilimanjaro)