Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Reads - 14th Edition

I am still not reading quite as much as I would wish, but I guess that is life. I think I just have too much going on at the moment. I am reading three books at the moment that are on-going reads, so I won't be able to finish them for a bit longer. On Tuesday I managed to finish 3 books, but I haven't had that sort of luck since.

This Week I am Reading:

Dracula by Bram Stoker - Yes, still. I think this is mainly because in the beginning I was just reading one chapter at a time because on my e-reader these chapters were 20 or 30 pages. Then I would shut down and discover I hadn't really made all that much progress. I think I prefer when a book tells you how many pages you have read out of the whole thing instead of telling you chapter by chapter. I read for 2 hours yesterday and I think it only worked out to be about 10 percent of the book. So, this book is still on-going.

The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller - With my attempt to finish Dracula and all the read-along reading I am attempting to stay caught up in, I haven't had a chance to read this in a couple days. I am enjoying it, so hopefully I can back to it soon.

A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore - I think it was Eva that mentioned this book. It is actually a rather gothic novel, so it counts for the R.I.P. Challenge. I had been making good progress with it, but it also fell to the wayside for read-along books and Dracula.

Dearly, Departed by Lisa Habel - I was browsing NetGalley and this looked interesting. It takes place in the future, so science-fiction, but after the world has been destroyed almost entirely by natural disasters and other events. This makes it Dystopian. Then, there are zombies, so paranormal fantasy. Not to mention the fact that their ideals and mannerisms are Victorian in nature, so almost historical fantasy. So far it is pretty good. I will keep you posted!

Then, there is still the on-going reading of Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman, The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, and The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson.

Books I Will Probably Read Soon:
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Only book from last week I haven't got to yet.)

What are your reading plans for the next week?


  1. I'm reading Salem's Lot by Stephen King, which is full of little nods to Dracula, and it's really making me want to read it again! It's been way too long.

  2. I read Dracula last year (on my iphone!) and really loved it. Wasn't what I expected, really, I didn't think I'd find it very creepy or scary given that I read and watch stuff with vampires in it all the time, but it was both!

  3. Dracula is one of my favorite spooky books. And that issue with the e-reader is something that would bother me, too. I like to see exactly where I am in a book.

  4. I hope you enjoy Dracula! That is the perfect book for this time of year!

  5. I hope your reading picks up! I just finished Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt. It's a MG book and is pretty awesome. I have four short books that I'm hoping to read by Tuesday including The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton. It's for the RIP challenge. Hope you're having a great weekend.

  6. I loved Unbroken when I read it a while ago! Hope you get to it soon.

  7. I don't want to spend too much time analyzing but I just can't get myself interested in reading Unbroken. I think she is a fabulous writer but... I don't know. I do hope YOU enjoy it, though.

  8. I've got several of Helen Dunmore's novels (and story collections) on my shelves: I have no idea what I'm waiting for! Hope you enjoy this one.

  9. **Ana: I finished Dracula. YAY! I really did enjoy it, but I find that I really like being able to know how long a book is... Just knowing chapter by chapter is unsettling. I have never been a huge Stephen King fan, but I should read him at some point.

    **Joanna: I really enjoyed Dracula. I finished it today. :)

    **Trish: I know. I hated not knowing. I would feel like I had read a huge chunk, but then it would turn out to be very little. So annoying!

    **Amused: It was good!

    **Vasilly: Good luck with your reading! I have read one book by Virginia Hamilton, but it was a few years ago now.

    **Marg: I am started to worry that I won't. Too much else going on!

    **Care: I really want to read Unbroken, but so far haven't started it... Starting to look unlikely I will get to it...

    **Buried in Print: I did enjoy this particular book by Helen Dunmore so far. One more good read and I should finish it.


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