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July: Currently Reading

As I’ve said multiple times before, I’ve been meaning to catch up on my reading and get into the habit of reading more often, since I already have several books here that I’ve been planning to read and lists upon lists of books I want to read. I tend to read fairly fast, my biggest problem seems to be picking up the book on a regular basis so that can add up – I’ve been working on reading one book since April (which I wound up only reading 70-some pages of during that month, and somewhere between200 and 300 of it in my free time during May, with about 20 or so pages in-between Camp NaNoWriMo escapades last month) and when I’ve managed to pick it up I tend to get really into it and read quite a bit, but I never seem to be able to pick it up again soon and make significant progress.

That’s what this is for. I’m going to give you guys a report on what I’m currently reading now, at the beginning of the month, with titles, current page counts and a few thoughts, and at the end of the month, I’ll give another report – be it with pride, shame, or neither – to show what progress I’ve made, if any at all. I don’t expect to make a whole lot of progress, but I’m hoping to finally finish the one I’ve been reading since April and hopefully start one or two more.

In terms of novels, my ‘currently reading’:

‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker

Currently on page 400 out of 450

I’ve been reading Dracula since sometime during April. I really do adore the book, it’s entertaining and inspired me to get back into writing through journal entry format – I just really have trouble picking it back up after I put it down and why. It’s really a matter of picking it up and starting. If I’m able to pick it up once or twice between a few days, I’ll probably be able to finally finish the book, which I’ll admit, at the moment, I’m liking a lot better than any interpretation of the book I’ve seen before, although that’s admittedly, not many.

‘The Salem Branch’ by Lara Parker

Currently on page 166 out of 334

I don’t remember when I started reading The Salem Branch – not too long after I first bought the book, unlike most of the books I have lately. I’m enjoying it a bit, especially since I got it during my withdrawal from the series it’s based on (the original Dark Shadows soap opera, which I was only able to see the portion of the series on Netflix at the time). Now that I’ve burnt through all of my DVDs and will probably have some time before I can buy the next set of DVDs of the series, I’ll probably be making progress on this as well.

As for the non-fiction books I’m reading, I’ve been slowly making progress on ‘Making Comics’ by Scott McCloud (119/272 for page count) while I work on my comic. It’s fairly helpful, at least in getting inspired to work on it, and while I’m not drawing ‘noir comics’, Shawn Martinbrough’s ‘How to Draw Noir Comics’ (finished for the most part, still need to read the example comic it’s got left in the back) has a lot of good techniques and insight on the process of comics.

I’m not quite aiming to finish those two this month as much as I’m aiming to finish the fiction – at the very least, Making Comics is one I’m just trying to read through when I hit a dry spell for inspiration on trying to work on my comic and to get ideas on techniques to use, and I’m not very sure on when I’ll be up for reading the comic example to consider How To Draw Noir Comics completed.

I’m going to go into closing this with a quick apology for getting this posted a bit late (it was intended to be posted yesterday) and if the ending seems a tid-bit rushed. I’m a bit spacey right now, having some trouble fully concentrating on this, but I really want to get it done and posted so that I can have this up as inspiration for me to keep reading, plus for the sake of possibly getting some opinions on what I’m currently reading and answers to my end-of-the-post-questions.

What are you currently reading, and how is that going for you? Are you generally a fast, slow, or average reader?

Goodreads and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”

Accomplished some things I’ve been trying to do for a while today thus far! I’ve had an account over at Goodreads for a while now, but I never really bothered with it after I first got it. I’ve fully intended to start using it more, and I was reminded of it earlier today, so I hopped back on there and found that it actually seems like it could be fun and maybe a little handy for keeping better track of anything. I’m just starting out with it so I’m still working at getting it all situated, and I don’t have anyone on my friends on there, and I’m definitely willing to be friends on there with anyone who would like to add me. Feel free to join me while I try to get nice and cozy there, whether you’re a long-time member, a new one like me, or anywhere in between that.

It’s made me realize that while I really love to read and get immersed into fictional worlds, I haven’t really read as much as I’d like. I have a few books I want to read, and a few books I’ve read and really liked, and of course, I’ve read people’s work online (Roninspath’s The Rosemary Saga stands out here, I don’t really remember much else I’ve read online thus far. I think it’s worth reading the summary and checking it out if you like how it sounds!) and work my friends have written, but I haven’t read much of what I’d like to. That being said, upon realizing this I was very disappointed in myself, and thus, took action.

I’ve started reading Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, since it’s the most appealing book on my shelf that I’ve not read yet at the moment and seems to really suit my tastes from what I know about it. I’ve been planning to do more research on the original vampire myths and older depictions for a long time through reading the novels and watching the older movies (I’ve seen Nosferatu, but nothing more than that) for a while now, and it’s really time that I start taking action instead of planning on doing things, because sitting around and planning to research, planning to read and planning to watch isn’t what I want to spend my days doing. As I write this, I’ve got the book marked at page 27 and might read some more later. For now, I’ve got a few things to get out of the way.

If you’d like to check out my in-progress Goodreads profile and maybe friend me, you’re more than welcome to, and since I’m trying to wrap up this post and keep it fairly small for once, I’ll go ahead and close it now. What’re your opinions on Goodreads if you’ve checked it out any time before, and have you read/started reading Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” before or are you planning on reading it? If so, what did you think of it, or why do you want to read it?