So I have this thing where I start books and never finish them. And if I do finish them it takes me years. It’s not that I’m not into the book–I’m a quick judge of books and will jump ship within the first couple of pages if I’m not feeling it–it sometimes just takes me a while to digest books, particularly classic literature. Les Miserables literally took me two years to finish. In my defense, it was the unabridged version and Mr. Hugo has a thing for random tangents (which is why an abridged version exists, I learned).
Anyway, earlier this month I finished Anna Karenina (which only took me less than a year to finish!) and thus gave myself the opportunity to start another book. I could and would read several books at the same time, but then I would finish none of them, so I have to use a little self-discipline and limit myself to one at a time. When considering what to read next, I was in the mood for something a little spooky, so I selected a Gothic classic I’d never read before: Dracula!
P.S. How creepy is the cover of my version? Looking at that face gave me a creepy feeling every time I opened it.
My goal was to finish it before Halloween, and I succeeded with four days to spare. I will admit, however, that checking the following book out from the library hastened my reading a lot.
I finished Dracula today, so I got to start Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. That book had my name all over it. It’s slightly different than I expected, but I still got shamelessly sucked into it.
I should also mention that my self-discipline in avoiding reading multiple books at the same time has been stronger. I’m also working on A Series of Unfortunate Events. I read most of them back in high school, but never got to the last few books. It’s been so long that I can’t even remember which book I left off on, so naturally I started on book the third. Mostly because that was the most easily accessible via my library’s online audiobooks. However, my progress was slower than expected via audiobook, so once I got to book the fourth I went with an ebook on my ipod. I finished book the fourth yesterday and began book the fifth today. Yes, I started two books today. But I also finished two books in the past two days, so I’m letting this one slide.
Favorite quote thus far from book the fifth: “Cakesniffing orphans in the Orphan Shack! Cakesniffing orphans in the Orphan Shack!”