Week 5 and we should be starting our 5th book. I started mine last week since I was ahead of schedule and if you remember I couldn’t decide what to read. If you follow me on twitter you will probably already know that I decided on The Well of Ascension: Mistborn Book Two by Brandon Sanderson. If you haven’t done so yet read The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One by Brandon Sanderson – because it’s awesome – I’ve said so before.
You’re probably thinking – if the first book was so good, why has it taken you so long to start the second one right? Well, I’m going to be completely honest here – I was a little afraid. Without giving too much away about The Final Empire – the end of the book answers a lot of questions, ties up all the strings and within the storyline the characters have fulfilled their roles. We also lost a few characters on the way. And I enjoyed the first book that much that I wondered what in the world Sanderson would do now that the main storyline was done with – but I really didn’t want to be disappointed and didn’t want the characters to change from the image I had from the first book. Yes, I cherished it all.
Alas, I have started it and I’m guessing (because I’ve read some since I last calculated the percentage on goodreads) I’m around 35-30% complete with The Well of Ascension. So far I’m not disappointed at all – believe me, there is plenty going on which all ties in with The Final Empire, the characters are as likeable as ever and I’m wanting to know what happens next on every page.
This however is a long book – almost 800 pages, so whilst I’m ahead this is taking far more time to read – I need to finish this book Saturday to stay on schedule. I’m not sure I’ll make that but I’m hoping I won’t get too far behind and read some average sized books after this one before I read another long one.
This also marks the last week in January which means if you started January 1st with the book challenge like I did – we’re a month in. If you’ve lasted this long and your on schedule (or even ahead) – well done! Commitment is key and although this is only a small fraction of the year long challenge – getting off to a good start is very important.
If however you are struggling a bit – please keep going. If you are a little behind, there is time to catch up. Perhaps read the advice and tips I posted before I started this challenge – I’m sure you’ll find something useful there.
Are you planning on reading any big books (over 500 pages) this year (whether your doing the challenge or not)?