My five weeks in Europe came to a conclusion at the beginning of October. I think the amount of time away was exactly right. It would’ve been nice to travel more but I had seen and done enough to feel like I was ready to get back. While I didn’t miss the heat, I did miss sleeping in my own bed. The time spent travelling offered much respite and solitude, so I returned home refreshed and with more positivity.
Oh, and I learnt that travelling west doesn’t cause as much of a jet lag as travelling east. Mostly because flying east results in the loss of a night. When I landed at 7 a.m., my body clock just struck midnight.
What Else Happened
Despite returning home, I was cut off from local civilisation for an additional week. That’s what happens when you send your phone for servicing and your back-up phone is too ancient to read your SIM card. I also dedicated more time again to baking, which has been fun.
Besides that, a close friend of mine got married. My friends and I lost our way to the wedding reception and ended up walking quite a detour in the scorching noon sun. No mean feat in 4.5-inch heels. The things we endure for our friends. Hah. But it was worth it to see the glowing happiness on the couple’s faces.
Sorted by date read:
Altogether I finished reading 8 books. I listened 20 hours and 27 minutes and read 1700 pages. If I convert the listening hours to pages, then I would've read a total of 2468 pages. This slow-down compared to the previous few months can be attributed to reading Winter. It was such a highly anticipated book of mine that I wanted to savour every moment of the 824 pages.
The books I read had an average of 284 pages and the audiobooks I listened to were on average 10 hours and 14 minutes long. Despite the very thick 824-page book in my pile, the average was dragged down by the graphic novels and even shorter recipe book. Since I was taking my time with Winter, I didn't listen much to audiobooks this month.
Format-wise, I read 2 paperbacks, 3 ebooks, 2 audiobooks and 1 hardcover. That was some appreciation for every format. Substance over matter, aye.
Targets and Genres
I read, 1 non-fiction book, 4 YA fiction books and 3 graphic novels. The genres were 3 fantasy, 1 mystery, 1 contemporary, 1 historical fiction and 1 dystopian. The non-fiction book was a recipe book.
The sources of these books were:
- Accessed 2 on Scribd
- Borrowed 2 through Overdrive
- Borrowed 1 from the library
- Acquired 1 from FBM
- Bought 1 from Kinokuniya
- Bought 1 from Audible
Sorted by author:
Compared to 2014, I've been reading a little less this year. Looking at the progress bars though, my reading rate has been fairly consistent, indicating no major slumps. Either way, what matters is that I set myself a goal and stuck to it.
I am failing ever so miserably at this, in part because the non-fiction books I am stuck on are a slight bit more challenging than I expected them to be. Perhaps I'll manage to finish at least another one or two before the end of the year.
If I include plays and poetry, then the tally is 20.
Popsugar Reading Challenge
What was notable about November for you?