TSS: Progress – July 18, 2010

The Sunday Salon

I feel as if my reading has slowed to a standstill over the past week.  Work and life have both been really busy, and I have been reading Dracula, My Love by Syrie James all this week.  I hope to finally finish it today. It’s making me want  to read Dracula and watch vampire movies, particularly the one with Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman.  I might have to dig up the trailer for that one.

All of this vampire talk reminds me that I have read a couple of other books this week.  Both were graphicProgress: Notes From A Reading Life Button novels.  Both were  books that I picked up on impulse.  The first was definitely Dracula inspired.  I read the first volume in the graphic novel  series of Twilight, which was an enjoyable read that didn’t advance much further than Bella and Edward meeting in school, and her finding that he is a vampire and that they can’t stay away from each other.  I don’t think I have reached anything yet that make me have an opinion way or another on some of the more hotly debated points of this series, but I am looking forward to the next volume.

A little bit heavier on the angst scale was the graphic novel of Crime and Punishment.  I have never been tempted, not even a little to read any of the Russians, and somehow made it through high school and college without reading any of them.  The graphic novel of Crime and Punishment interested me sufficiently that at some point  I would like to read the full treatment of the novel.  I saw shades of Colombo in the detective trying to get Roskolnikov to admit his guilt.  Now if I could only find the graphic novel for War and Peace.

I have no idea of what I am going to read next.  Do any of you?

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  1. I recently came across a copy of the graphic novel of Twilight and I was disappointed that it took that many pages to get to 1/3rd or 1/4th of the story in the first novel. I understand that it takes more room to tell a story through images, but I can’t imagine needing that much space for a story like Twilight.

    1. I didn’t have that problem, probably because I am not familiar with any of the story, so I wasn’t sure how far they got along in it. I can see how that might be frustrating if you know hat to expect. I am impatient to read the next one.

  2. I read a lot of the Russian novels when I lived in Wisconsin, and hunkered down in the snow. It seemed appropriate! :–) They can be very detailed with zillions of characters (like War & Peace) – did you ever see any of the movies? Might be a good way to get “into” them!

    I have been putting books on hold in the library and letting that determine what I read next. I like having some other force make the decisions for me!

    1. I haven’t seen any of the movies. I might check out Crime and Punishment though. The graphic novel did help me muster up some interest, because I had basically zero interest in reading them.

      The library hold system is a good way. I checked out Neverland the other day- about J.M. Barrie and the DuMauriers. I think I will read that. Though I also have to read To Kill A Mockingbird since I haven’t read that either.

      Bummer about Still Missing. I might read some of it but don’t know if I am up for the graphic nature you mentioned in your review. Still recovering from The Living Dead Girl.

  3. You really need to read Crime and Punishment, and not the graphic novel version either (not that there’s anything wrong with that <– oh, who am I kidding? there is ;). It's one of my favorite classic novels. I've always wanted to read The Brothers Karamazov too, but just never have gotten around to it.

    1. I am now going to read Crime and Punishment. The graphic novel did it’s job and at least showed that it’s an interesting novel with questions I wold want to explore with a full cast of characters and story. I think that out of necessity the graphic novel had to be pretty heavy handed, so I am hoping that the novel will be a lot more subtle.

  4. I’m trying to decide if I’m impressed or horrified that you can read the graphic novel versions before the novel versions. My nature wouldn’t let me do that and I’m a bit jealous that you can! 🙂

    1. Be impressed. I would not have even considered reading this book had I not read the graphic novel. I had absolutely no interes, so it is a good thing. You can still be a little horrified too. 🙂

  5. That seems to be the theme of the Sunday Salons today…slow reading. I just can’t focus. Too much activity going on here. I am about halfway through “One Day”, which is adorable, and I went shopping this weekend at Borders so I have new books to drag me off my focused path of accomplishing a goal or two. I REALLY miss my audio listening time. I need to do some long walks to get back listening to The Passage.

    1. I just got One Day on Friday so I am glad that you like it. In my distracted state the only thing that registered with me is that it looked long and the print was small. lol Now I am looking forward to it. Summer is hard for me and books. I am busier it seems and the hot weather mans that you have to take the opportunities to do things. I guess we should just go with it.

  6. I haven’t gotten much reading done either since we’ve been out of town. Whenever I try to plan my reading out in advance, it always changes.

  7. Syrie James is coming out with another book? I just loved the first two and am anxious to read your review of this one!

    Do I know what I am going to read next? NO — but I only have about 100+ books to choose from 🙂

    1. I know! I was so excited to find out about it. The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte is still my favorite, but this one was enjoyable as well.

      Molly I think that is part of my problem, I have way too many books to choose from.

  8. Graphic novel of Crime and Punishment? Now, I’m very interested in reading that because much like you I’ve never been interested in reading Russian literature. I must get my hands on the book you’ve been reading.. I love james!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m reading Letter to My Daughter right now.

    1. I was never interested either and i picked it up completely on impulse. So it did it’s job and at least got me interested to read C&P. You should check it out. It might work for you too.

  9. I actually want to read the Twilight graphic novel, but I just can’t bring myself to get it of my own accord. Maybe I can bribe a friend to get it for me (or at very least check it out from the library for me).

    Come to think of it, I’ve only read one Russian and it was only a short story. I’ve heard that everyone should read at least one piece of great Russian literature before they kick the can, so maybe I’ll join you in giving Crime and Punishment a proper read…or at least Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol.

  10. So in all of your Dracula craze do I remember correctly that you haven’t read The Historian? I really think you might like it!

  11. I really liked the art in the Twilight graphic novel. And if you ever decide to change your mind about the Russians, Anna Karenina is amazing! Happy Sunday, Nicole. 🙂

  12. Speaking of vampires, I’m currently 1/3 of the way through Insatiable by Meg Cabot. I admit it’s slow going on this one….but it seems like I’m finally hitting the action so hoping it’ll start to speed up.

  13. Wow, I never considered getting graphic novels of great Russian literature, or any lit for that matter. I am half tempted to try out Crime & Punishment in the hopes that it would induce me to read the real thing, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the opposite will happen and I will convince myself I know enough about the book if I just read the graphic novel.

  14. I too got through high school and college without reading the Russians, but later wondered if I was missing something and decided to pick up some Russian novels. Two I would recommend are The Brothers Karmazov and Anna Karenina. I always get tripped up over the Russians names, so I picked up the Barnes & Noble classics edition of Karmazov which have a little chart explaining who was who and how/why people are named in the front of the book. Two other books I’d recommend are Until I Find You and A Widow for One Year by John Irving. His new book Last Night in Twisted River just came out in paper back and I’m eager to read it. Recently I read Pretty Little Liars after seeing the first few episodes of the tv show on the family channel. I like the series. The mystery of what happened to a missing girl is midly interesting but the real draw is how the four main characters are dealing with their problems – one catches her father with another woman and the fathers makes the daughter keep the secret from her mother, another questions her sexuality, another deals with an eating disorder. Pretty Little Liars is great for summer because it’s quick and despite the aforementioned issues, is kind of light read which helps me when I’m not in the mood to tackle a large tomb.