Reading for Pleasure – and Not to Plan!

I decided at the beginning of the year that I was going to take my time reading, not rushing from one book to the next and also reading whatever takes my fancy. So it’s no surprise to me that having thought I was going to read books for the R.I.P. event this autumn as well as two very long novels my plans have been disrupted and  I may not get round to them.

And this is because two books I reserved at the library months ago have come in. I picked them up yesterday and also a book by Ian McEwan. Earlier in the week one of the questions on Pointless was about Ian McEwan’s novels and although I’ve read quite a lot of his books, I realised there are some I haven’t read. So I had a look at what the library had by him on the shelves and found one.

These are the books that have upset my plans for reading this autumn:

The buried giant

  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro – his latest novel, set in Britain sometime after the Romans had left – a time when ogres were an everyday hazard. (Could this book be an R.I.P. book? Or is it more a book for Once Upon a Time? No matter I’m reading it anyway.)
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – a modern classic about George Milton and Lennie Small are two workers in pursuit of the American dream.
  • The Innocent by Ian McEwan – set in post-war Berlin in the 1950s at the beginning of the Cold War.

So, as  Robert Burns’ poem To a Mouse, 1786 tells of how he, whilst ploughing a field, accidentally destroyed a mouse’s nest, my plans have gone awry.

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane [you aren’t alone]
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry]
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promised joy.

Aptly this is the poem  from which Steinbeck took the title of his book!

9 thoughts on “Reading for Pleasure – and Not to Plan!”

  1. You’re striking a chord here with me, Margaret. I decided the same thing at the beginning of the year and am not sure I’ve succeeded. I think perhaps I should think carefully about a non-challenge year next year.

    My daughter gave me The Buried Giant and I hadn’t considered it for RIP, so thank you for that. It might help my enthusiam as it’s not full-on for RIP at the moment. Luckily you can read crime for it so I picked up a Kathy Reichs and it turns out it’s ideal as they’re digging up bones in a creepy abandoned church. LOL!

    Enjoy whatever you read this month.


    1. Cath, I’ve been thinking about a non-challenge year too. I’ll be tempted to carry on with the Mount TBR challenge, but may not sign up to it – I don’t always want to write about the books!

      I’m currently reading Dead Scared by Sharon Bolton which is crime fiction and definitely very scary! That may turn out to be the only book for RIP that I’ll read! I have begun to read The Buried Giant too and it certainly looks as though it is RIP material and the opening pages are very mysterious – people forgetting the past and so on.


      1. I don’t always want to write about all of the books either, in fact I’m finding it rather a bind, especially during the summer when there were other things going on.

        Was that your daughter (or possibly daughter-in-law) and grand-daughter in the photos on FB? They look so nice. I was struck by how similar your grand-daughter (if it is she) looks to mine. Not physically (mine is fair haired) but they’re the same age, have the same taste in clothes and both have a natural look about them rather than being 15 year olds trying to look like 21 year olds. It’s nice to see.


        1. Cath, I was with my daughter-in-law and grand-daughter in Edinburgh yesterday. We had a great day – just the three of us for a change – I really enjoyed it even though we walked miles!

          It is becoming a bind sometimes writing about the books I read. Often I just want to read and not write anything. I’m going to have to think about cutting back on the writing – but when I do sit down to do it, I do enjoy it!!


  2. I haven’t read The Innocent either (though have read most of his others).

    I need to take a leaf out of your book and focus more on reading for pleasure rather than those I receive from publishers!


  3. I think you’ve got some great ‘disrupters’ there, Margaret. And reading is best when you’re reading exactly what you want to read, with no pressure of ‘I should read this..’


  4. I read Of Mice and Men at school, and really enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy your reading disruptions! The Buried Giant sounds like it could be a possible R.I.P read. Ogres aren’t usually very nice, so could perhaps be dark fantasy.


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