Six Degrees of Separation: from Wolfe Island to The Passion

Here we are at the start of another month, bringing with it the chance to write another Six Degrees post.  This is a monthly book meme hosted by Kate over at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest.  I don’t seem to be able to concentrate much on proper reading at the moment.  So thinking about books is a good substitute for now.

This month we start with Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar.  This does not appear to have been published in the UK yet, but its premise sounds like it will be worth a read in due course:  a woman lives in isolation on a small island which is threatened by rising sea levels.  The arrival of four unexpected visitors turns her already threatened life upside down. Continue reading

This weekend I’m booked: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 2019

Woohoo, it’s time for the autumn Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon, which celebrates all things bookish, and where participants “read books, post to our blogs, Twitters, Instagrams, Litsy, Facebook, Goodreads and MORE about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online”.  What better way could there be to spend time at the weekend!

Of course, it is not necessary literally to read for 24 hours.  You can just read for 5 minutes if you want to.  But from all the posts I have seen so far, it looks as if many folks have crazily high To Be Read piles and why not.  We all know that putting together lists and piles of books to read is one of the great pleasures of being an avid reader!

As you can see from the picture above, I have a modest pile in terms of number of volumes, but an ambitious one vis à vis number of pages.  Ducks, Newburyport is famously nearly 1,000 pages long, with only a handful of full stops.  But everything I have seen about it suggests that it is a wonderful read.  I have been saving it for this weekend because I think it will be worth having some dedicated reading time to get in to it properly.

And if I need a change or fancy a distraction, I have several great library books to continue reading.  I have not yet started Praise Song For The Butterflies, but am part-way through the other three, and enjoying all of them.  I am not expecting to read all of these books all the way through in 24 hours – I may be a reading fanatic but nothing gets in the way of watching Strictly Come Dancing on a Saturday evening.  But it will be great to be spending plenty of time between the pages.

The 24-hour period kicks off today (26 October) at 8am Eastern Time, which is a very civilised 1pm for me here in Scotland.

I am looking forward to checking out what everyone else is doing on the various social media platforms, as well as my own reading of course.  And most importantly, there will be snacks.  Oh yes – one’s choice of reading snack is almost as important as the books to read during the Readathon.  Along with copious amounts of tea, natch.

So I’m ready to go – roll on 1pm! 🙂