The lovely Lucy from @lucythereader [both on Youtube and Instagram] hosts a summer readathon that focuses solely on classics. The only challenge for this year was to read at least one classic during the month of August. I am happy to say that I managed to read more than one and enjoyed most of them! I didn’t plan an overambitious TBR because I wanted to focus on the actual books and not on the number.
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- Daphnis and Chloe by Longus
- Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
- The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald (reread)
I started the readathon with a short but captivating classic: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. In fact I found the story so interesting and addictive that I finished it in a day! My hands were itching to pick up another book, even though it was pretty late by that point. After idly browsing on Amazon for a cheap ebook to buy, I ended up getting The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, a truly hilarious play which made me laugh out loud multiple times!
I spent the morning babysitting my newborn nephew, which left no time for me to read, eat or even sit down! However, I did finish the play in the afternoon. Later I decided to pick up The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath but only read about two pages because it was the week when we celebrate the feast in my village and I got to spend a lot of time with my family.
I read about 70 pages from The Bell Jar but we were experiencing one of the most unbearable heatwaves of the year, which left me utterly exhausted.
I didn’t read much, only about 30 pages because we had family over…and apparently it’s rude to sit in a corner and read when you have guests over *sigh*
I booked the day off and spent the morning at the beach with my family. We had a wonderful time, apart from the fact that my back was sporting a painful sunburn! Later we went shopping but I did find some time to read in the evening. It’s the best feeling ever when you read till late, knowing that you don’t have to wake up early for work the next day. I read about 50 pages from The Bell Jar.
I started Chapter 12 of The Bell Jar in the morning. Later I accompanied my dad to the fields to take some pictures while he picked some prickly pear fruits to eat later. Temperatures were soaring though so we didn’t stay too long. I finished The Bell Jar in the afternoon. It was an absolutely wonderful and profound book that will stay with me forever. For my next read I decided to pick up Daphnis and Chloe by Longus and read the first few pages from the introduction.
Back to work. I decided to start reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee on my Kindle, even though I have a physical copy. I prefer my kindle when reading on the bus. I didn’t make much progress though because I had to babysit my nephew and he was feeling under the weather after his first vaccine.
I read till Chapter 9 from To Kill a Mockingbird on my way to and from work. Later I spent the afternoon with Daphnis and Chloe, finished the introduction and Book 1. I was pleasantly surprised by the writing; very beautiful and poetic.
Finished Part 1 of To Kill and Mockingbird and started a few pages of Book 2. Once again, the heat made it too difficult to concentrate.
Read a few more chapters from To Kill a Mockingbird. I went for a walk in the afternoon and almost fainted from the heat. Gosh I’m starting to hate summer with a passion! I decided to spend the rest of the day planning for my London trip next October in my new travel moleskin journal. Later I finished Book 2 of Daphnis and Chloe.
I should know better than to download a game on my phone. It’s called Backpacker Travel Trivia and you basically travel around the world and answer questions about each country/city and many other different subjects. It’s SO addictive and I spent the whole morning with my eyes glued to the screen. By some miracle I managed to finish Book 3 of Daphnis and Chloe in the afternoon.
Read some more Mockingbird and later finished Daphnis and Chloe. I decided to reread The Great Gatsby next.
I didn’t read that much because I had to babysit my nephew after work. Then I had a dentist appointment where I almost fainted….let’s just say that my pain tolerance that day was below my usual threshold! Oh… and my teeth suck! At least I managed to read quite a bit from To Kill a Mockingbird.
Finished To Kill a Mockingbird in the morning, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Later I read a few more pages from The Great Gatsby until I decided to go for a swim with my sister. I spent the evening with my brother-in-laws’ family, eating and laughing our heads off!
Public holiday are the best! I decided to go for a swim after a really lovely lunch. I only read a few pages from The Great Gatsby. Guess I wasn’t really in the mood to read.
I spent a lovely day with my sister and nephew at an indoor pool and spa, followed by a lovely lunch in one of our favourite restaurants. I’m still dreaming about that lovely dessert! Read till Chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby.
Finished The Great Gatsby in the evening. Cheers, old sport!
I had a staring contest with my bookshelves and a Persephone book won! I decided to read Good Evening, Mrs. Craven, a collection of war-time short stories by Mollie Panter-Downes. I read the first two stories which I really enjoyed.
Back to work. At least I had a new read to look forward to: Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell. I had no idea that his real name was Eric Arthur Blair!
Read two more short stories from Good Evening, Mrs. Craven. I decided not to read the book in one go but enjoy the stories slowly for the coming week.
Read a couple more pages from Down and Out in Paris and London, until an awful migraine kicked in. That means no light, no sound and a very long sleep.
Read a few more pages from my two current reads but I had so many chores to do that I was completely knackered by the time evening rolled in.
Reached 50% of Down and Out in Paris and London, which I celebrated with a piece of chocolate!
I barely read anything, which is ok because I got to spend a wonderful day in Gozo with my boyfriend and sister and ate A LOT!
Sunday 25.08.19/ Monday 26.08.19
Finished Good Evening, Mrs. Craven. It was a superbly written collection of short stories about the English domestic life during World War II.
I decided to pick up a short book from the Penguin Little Black Classics collection: Of Street Piemen by Henry Mayhew. But then I remembered that I had downloaded Sim 4 a couple months ago, and ended up spending the rest of the day fretting over my characters’ hair colour and where to place the couch in the living room!!
Finished Of Street Piemen and played more Sims 4 after work! Gosh I should delete it…it’s too addictive.
Finished Down and Out in Paris and London, my last read for this readathon!
Number of books read: 9
Total pages read: 1,575
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde– Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Importance of Being Earnest– Oscar Wilde
- The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath
- Daphnis and Chloe – Longus
- To Kill a Mockingbird– Harper Lee
- The Great Gatsby– F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Good Evening, Mrs. Craven– Mollie Panter-Downes
- Of Street Piemen– Henry Mayhew
- Down and Out in Paris and London- George Orwell