While #3: Contemplating an Old work while Reading a New one…
complication a. Neither book has much in common.
I am trying to write a post on my reading of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. I started it last night and I thought I would just get up and post the ramblings I’d created. I found myself in digressions. Then there was a quote I wanted to use and couldn’t find it. Really, I need a book club with a very focused mediator to say, “that is all nice and good, L, but let’s focus ourselves shall we?”–or a professor?–“precision, L. Mind your Intention.”
Meanwhile, I am reading The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. Perhaps you’ve heard the raving reviews on this debut novel? I had. And well, isn’t the cover intriguing enough? In the end, it was the premise that got me. A Replacement, a changling, as protagonist; how clever and unusual…
I am near half way through. I am struggling. I think it is because I am reading this after reading Atwood, and I am still thinking about Atwood’s book… It may be unfair to critique Yovanoff’s story after the masterful Atwood. You ever have those situations? I will try to be fair.. I know I can be… Hope to finish that read tonight.
While #1: Simultaneous Reads while experiencing Time Constraints
complication c: Desiring to make daily blog posts goals.
Sean reminded me I need to get to Dracula by Bram Stoker soon. It is long and different and is almost mid-October. Yes, I said. I plan on it. Next. But I have Cornelia Funke’s new book Reckless from the Library and I know I cannot renew that one, and Nate just devoured School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari and set it next to me and said, “You need to read this.”
The plan is this: Read Dracula while reading Reckless and then while reading School of Fear. And all the while we are reading aloud for bedtime, The Two Towers by Tolkien. I will take notes, not get another distracting cold and still enjoy my parent’s visit next week! You may have guessed I am not working at a job right now, nor am I in a University. This is Limbo, though a better level than previously experienced. So I should get all done and really, the whining is insulting, right? And need anyone remind me of that one Summer term with how many books/pages per day that intelligent response was required?!
So while I am doing this, I will maintain the usual or interesting postings (though hopefully they will be both on the same day).
*note: am making up A Reader’s Whiles as I go along. (as I realized it is 200 pm and I didn’t post yesterday.) I haven’t written #2 yet.. but suggestions are, of course, welcome.