Reading Update // July 12, 2019

Captain’s Log

Stardate: 07122019

Ok, I’m just being a little silly there, but I love my little reading updates. I feel like I can disappear for a week and then come back and be like “what’s up, here’s what happened to me this week and why my blog’s been so silent.”

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This week, I was occupied reading a pretty big novel. It was about 700 pages and dedicating my time to a book that book requires a lot of factors. I was asking this on Instagram the other day what are the requirements you need to get into a big book and many people had some amazing responses. I’m always fascinated with reasons why people read certain way. For example, there were a few folks who said they only read big books. WOW! Others talked about prepping the big book with some smaller reads before it so you don’t feel like you’re spending too much time with the big book. I’ll have to write this all day and give you a proper blog post about it, but this week has really got me thinking about big books and why we read them. I also figured out a way that really helps digest a big book slowly without feeling like you’re spending too much time on it.

But now that I’m done reading the big fantasy book, I kind of want to read another big fantasy. I don’t know about you, but when a genre fails to deliver what I’m looking for in a read, I tend to just marathon a few books within the genre to find something that blows me away. Since I was unhappy with the book I just finished, I figured why not read another big fantasy or a fantasy that’s been tried-and-true good; a book that has a lot of positive reviews and everyone has loved.

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So I decided my next big fantasy read will be The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. If you’re not aware, he’s one of the best adult fantasy authors. I mean, the man finished Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series after he passed away, so he must know what he’s doing.

The Way of Kings is the first book in his Stormlight Archive series. It’s close to 1000 pages long, which for the most part isn’t an issue with many of the reviews I’ve read. No one’s complained about the length, which makes me think this book moves. And if the pace is good, then 1000 pages doesn’t seem so bad. I don’t know how my poor little hands will feel after holding a book of this length in them for long periods of time, but that’s a bridge I’ll cross when I get there.

However, before I can even start this book, I need to read three more books. I’ve got two book club reads, some promotional books to read, and not a lot of time left in July. Wow, it’s already mid-month? I think this will be my short TBR for the next couple of reads:

The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konisberg

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

I think this weekend I’ll be finishing up The Music of What Happens and Devil in Spring because I’ve already started them. Then I’ll dedicate some time to The Two Lila Bennets and hopefully I’ll be able to start The Way of Kings after that.

Phew, the rest of this month is going to be a doozy! What will you be reading this month?

 

2 thoughts on “Reading Update // July 12, 2019

  1. I love Brandon Sanderson’s writing. I read The Final Empire a while back and just haven’t picked it back up again. Something I need to remedy fast. I find that sometimes even though I really want to read a big book my reading schedule doesn’t let me, especially with all the arcs!

    Hope you enjoy the rest of July! xo

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  2. I have to say that I really miss reading big books. When I was younger (in college) I would read 1000 page books with no problem. Now 500 page books intimidate me! Maybe it’s because now that I’m older & work full time I don’t have as much time for reading so it takes me longer. I actually made it a goal to read more big books this year, so maybe I’ll actually start doing that soon. Thanks for the inspiration, Simone!

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