I started the Bout of Books 12 Read-a-thon Monday and was pleased with the day. I read Dorothy Dunnett's Niccolo Rising, and got through 56 pages. I love Dunnett--I read the first book in the Lymond Chronicles last summer--but it takes time to get the rhythm and sense of her novels. One does not--or at least most do not--turn pages at a fast pace with a Dunnett book. To do so would cause one to miss the pleasure of savoring her writing. I don't say that often about an author, but I feel that way with Dunnett.
Today I switched gears in the morning and was reading in the Dostoyevsky biography. It, too, is well written, and I am enjoying it as well.
The Read-a-thon has already served the purpose I had hoped it would: it has forced me to focus once again on reading, something I was inexplicably struggling to do for the last quarter of the year.