Christmas in Summer challenge proved to me that my attention span for reading challenges has a two month expiry date!
I happily sailed through 13/17 books in two months, but then I baulked.
I wanted to read things that weren't on my preordained list, and I wanted to read them NOW!
I also have the same problem with series.
I prefer not to read them all in a row. I need to have breaks inbetween books. It keeps them fresher somehow.
I confirmed this over the summer with the Elena Ferrante books and Harry Potter.
I read books 2 and 3 of the Ferrante's back to back. Big mistake!
By the time of I got to the end of book 3 I was ready to throw it across the room. I burnt out. I needed to get out of Naples - now!
I read the first three Harry Potter's in December, but I read something else inbetween each one. I loved rereading them. But I knew I wasn't ready to move onto no. 4 yet.
I've learnt my lesson.
Stick to readalongs and only join in short reading challenges!
With this in mind, I'm going to jump in on The Broke and The Bookish's Cocktail Conversation for this week.
What is one book you recommend pretty much across the board -- regardless of genre or what the person normally reads?
Lately, my go-to recommendation has been Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
It's easy to read, fun, clever, genuine and suitable for young, old, male, female and everyone inbetween!
But as of this week, I will be recommending The Midnight Watch by David Dyer to everyone I can reach.
I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't be intrigued by the mystery at the heart of this story about human frailty and the Titanic.
What's your favourite book to recommend to others?
Finally, this week's shout-out is purely and simply all about self-promotion.
I edit the History, Memoir, Biography category of the Australian Women Writer's Challenge. This link is to my 2015 wrap-up post.