Read, reading, to read


The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing. Despite having started three other books, I went over the road to my friend’s house and discovered that they a) had made a homebrew which was very nice and b) had an extensive collection of books including every novel by Doris Lessing. Even though I didn’t exactly love Memoirs of a Survivor I was quite blown away by seeing all these books and just had to borrow one. My friend gave me The Fifth Child and said it was her favourite.


I’m currently being a bit of an idiot and reading two books at once. I hate doing it because I don’t give my full attention to either book and then I end up reading slower than usual, and not enjoying the books as much as I otherwise would. Also I think it reminds me of reading for uni. The two I’m reading are A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Beauty Story by Luke Jennings. The first is really good but quite hard to read at points; the second is okay but I don’t think I know what’s going on yet, and I just read the worst sex scene in a book ever.


Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and The Medici Secret by Michael White.

  • Tell me what you’ve read/are reading/are going to read!
  • How do you feel about reading more than one book at once?
  • Do you cringe at sex scenes in books sometimes? I don’t usually, unless it’s completely out of place, but this one was simply awful.

4 thoughts on “Read, reading, to read

  1. Currently reading Sacred Hunger, planning on reading way too many books (as usual). I’m not good at reading more than one at once–if I move on to a second it usually means I’ll never finish the first. And I cringe at badly written sex scenes–especially ones that are VERY obviously authored by a man. Takes about two seconds to determine whether a sex scene is authored by a man or woman.

    • Sacred Hunger sounds amazing! How are you enjoying it? I know the feeling of planning on reading way too many books. I have a whole half a shelf above my bed populated with books I want to read, and yet I just keep buying new ones. Yeah I’ve really shot myself in the foot by reading two at once because I’m currently barely reading either of them. Oh I never even thought about the gender of the author. I’m going to do a post on this scene soon because it made me want to die and I want to inflict it on other people to make myself feel better.

      • Haha, I actually want to read that painful-sounding sex scene post. And I am absolutely in love with Sacred Hunger, I’m so sad that I haven’t had time this week to just sit and get absorbed in it and have had to read it in bits and pieces instead–that will (hopefully) change this weekend.

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