I’ve had a really busy few weeks lately because of training for a new job. It’s been long hours with lots of travelling and revision to do at night – plus trying to sort out all my Christmas shopping! I’ve barely had the time or the energy to do anything really and sadly reading is something that has fell behind.
I have about three books that are currently sat on my bedside table and I haven’t finished any of them. It’s not even due to the fact that I haven’t enjoyed them because I really am liking some of them – I just don’t have the time and then I feel disconnected from the story when it’s been a while. It’s really bugging me because I just want to finish one and get more than halfway through a book!
Ones I’ve started but not finished recently are It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo and Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I started Caraval a few months back now so that one has just sat gathering dust for a while; I did briefly pick it back up again in October but yet again I just didn’t have the chance to finish.
Unlike the other two, I did stop Caraval for a while because I hit a kind of standstill with it. I was struggling to carry on with it and wanted to try something a bit different but since I’ve wanted to read it again, I just haven’t had the time! It is a really intriguing story and I’ve heard good things about it from friends so I’m sure it will be finished at some point, but it most likely won’t be before the New Year.
I’m halfway through It Only Happens in the Movies and to be fair I do like the story. The writing isn’t always my favourite style and it is very cliche (I know that’s the point of it) but I do like the characters and the general plot. I wanted a nice easy read and this is exactly that but I just fell behind with it when I had revision to do at home!
I’ve barely even read any of If I Was Your Girl but I do really want to finish this before the New Year (especially since it is our LGBTQ+ Book Club read for November-December)! I started it because of this reason but it was definitely a silly idea to start it whilst busy!
On the plus side my classroom training is now finished (yay!) so now I have my shifts sorted, less travelling and more time on my hands! Of course I am reading our Christmas read-along book and I’m absolutely loving that because reading the short stories is really fab for time and for some reason it is much much less daunting than picking up the other full story books!
Does anyone have any tips for reading whilst busy? Please let me know on Twitter or in the comments section!