Monday, 18 June 2012

Being Bookish this Bloomsday

Do you remember when I tried to read Ulysses for Bloomsday two years ago?

I didn't do too well, did I?

I believe that reading should be enjoyable, so it stands to reason that if you aren't enjoying a book you should shelve it, sell it, trade it or turf it.  Life is too short for mediocre prose.  Critics (and the blurb on Goodreads) often describe Ulysses as being an incredibly readable book but that really only applies if you are a fan of modernist realism with an incredible attention span.  While it's fun to take part in book themed days like Bloomsday, I wouldn't advocate forcing yourself to read all 600 pages in one go.

I skipped Bloomsday 2011.

And the only reason I remembered that it was Bloomsday this year is because I follow a fair few bookish types on Twitter.  I didn't have very much planned for the day so I decided to give it another go...

I'm 45 pages in.  I understand what is going on.  I am enjoying myself.

I will let you know how well I go.


  1. So you're reading Ulyssus now? Or something else?

  2. Haha well, in theory I am still reading Ulysses, it's in the pile next to my bed, but I have been neglecting it to read a copy of The Merry Go Round in the Sea that I borrowed from a friend. Still, I will probably pick up Ulysses today now I have thought about it. Thanks for commenting. :)


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