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August TBR – a Challenge and a half

I may have overstretched myself this month, in fact I’ve overstretched myself so much I don’t really have time to write this, but sometimes you just need to decompress.

So, I’ve set myself the challenge to read 9 books this month, it wasn’t intentional its just how things have panned out. Which is handy as since the Reading Rush was cancelled this year I’ve been looking for another reading challenge, and i may have inadvertently created one for myself.

Basically, I’m reading along with the Sky arts book club that’s currently on at the moment, the next episode is on 31st August and the books being discussed then are; The Khan by Salma Mir, Remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro, and The Ramble Book by Adam Buxton. Also, Submarine by Joe Dunthorpe is on the September show, however I’ve borrowed it from the library and it’s due back on the 13th August so I have to read it by then (Although i may be able to renew my loan if nobody else has reserved it)

Speaking of library books, The Oak Papers by James Canton is the October read for my bookclub, but again it’s a library book that had a long reservation list, thats due back on the 20th August and I won’t be able to renew that.

Things were going ok by this point, then they released the longlist for the Booker prize, every year I promise myself I will try and read some of the list and I never do. Well at the time I heard the announcement I just happened to be checking the reservation status of my library books, so I’ve now reserved the whole of the Booker prize. Three became available straight away

An Island by Karen Jennings

No One is talking about this by Patricia lockwood

Klara and the sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

They are all due back at the library on 18th of August, and I imagine they’ll have a fair bit of a reservation list by now, so no renewing if i go over schedule.

I’ve applied a bit of maths and logic to the situation, and if my average reading speed is 1.5 pages a minute (depending on the text size) and if i can get in at least an hour and a half of reading a day, my schedule should look like this

  • 1st – 4thSilent Spring Revisited’
  • 5th – 9th ‘Submarine’
  • 10th – 11th ‘No one is talking about this’
  • 12th ‘An Island’
  • 13th – 15th ‘Klara and the Sun’
  • 16th – 18th ‘The Khan’
  • 19th – 20thThe Oak Papers
  • 21st ‘Remains of the Day’

I may go off schedule a bit but those 10 days at the end of August may give me a bit of leeway. I’ve also got a couple of these on audiobooks, so if things get a little too much I can get a little extra reading time with them.

It’s going to be an intense month.

Edit before posting: They’ve just announced the Wainwright longlist . . . I’m not going to make it through the month!!!!

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