Go Set a Watchman reading challenge

IMG_1853I am currently reading ‘Go Set a Watchman’ by Harper Lee, as part of an onboard Book Club challenge. Later in the voyage, we will be discussing the book. I’ll be very interested in what other people have to say. So far, a mere three chapters into the book, she certainly has a distinct voice and the characters are coming through strongly – but is that because I remember them from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’? Am I seeing Atticus Finch in faded black and white and sepia tones in an old movie, and recalling sections from a book I read many, many years ago.

Has anyone read ‘Go Set a Watchman’? Do you have an opinion you’d like to share with me?

Reading is a popular activity on board ship. The library has been decimated and a request list started already. At last count, as we pace the Promenade Deck and wander through the lounges, books were outnumbering kindles and iPads by two to one. I have both at my disposal and have read one print book and two kindle versions, so it looks like I am doing things the opposite to the majority, but I don’t mind which format I read as long as there are words in front of me driving me on to turn the page. I admit to wanting to own a book if I particularly like the author and am collecting their books, or if I want to share a story, books make it much easier. Which is your favourite format?

While reading is a popular and I’m joining the throngs sitting in the deck loungers in the sunshine, or inside in a comfy chair, I’m not doing too well on the writing side. I have started to scope a few ideas, but the reduced access to internet has restricted my ability to research anything and many questions are left hanging, so am I procrastinating, am I just not ‘in the mood’ or am I just too busy? I think the latter has a lot to do with it.

My brain craves long silences and uninterrupted time to engage but right now there is so much to do, so many conversations to have, and so much time to spend with others that writing seems to have slipped to the bottom of the ‘To Do’ list. I’ll get back to it, I know I will – I’m waking in the middle of the night with characters and ideas knocking at the door before I slip back into a half sleep in the early hours letting words form and shape in my subconscious. I’m sure they will be there when I’m ready to bring them forth – at least, I hope so.