Sunday, June 17, 2007

Expectations? They're Grrrrrr-EAT!

It's been up there for months and months, but God willing, tomorrow I should finally - FINALLY - have a new book up there in the sidebar.

As you no doubt noticed, it's taken me a long time to get through Great Expectations (the book that was up there for those of you reading this post months from now), but don't read too much into that. I have very much enjoyed the book thus far (at the time of this writing, I have about 25 pages left) and am glad to have made Mr. Dickens acquaintance yet again. Prior to this current novel, the only Dickens I'd read was 'A Christmas Carol', which I don't particularly remember all that well, largely because I read it during college and was drunk during most of the time I'd set aside to read it (Note: I still got an 'A' on the test, however, because I'd seen about eight different variations of the movie - including the musical with Albert Finney - about 50 times each. When the professor handed me back the test, I started singing, "Thank you very much! A-thank you very much! That's the nicest thing that anyone's ever DONE FOR ME!")

Still, I'm a little shocked that there wasn't more Dickens required in my high school. Almost everyone else I know had to read Great Expectations in their junior year. So, I'm a little behind the 8-Ball but, quite frankly, I think I enjoyed it now more than I ever would have then, and because of that, I plan on adding more Dickens to the reading list in the future. I also threw Great Expectations - the film - in my Netflix rental queue (the 1946 adaptation, not the recent movie with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke - everyone has told me to avoid that one.) Hey, if I get a raise maybe I'll even go to Dickens World.

But, I'm not going to go on a "Dickens only" tear right away. No, first I have some other stuff I want to get through. And what's going up in the book space tomorrow? Well, you'll have to wait and see (although a few folks will, I'm sure, correctly guess. Daily Show, anyone?) Hopefully, now that I've devoted more time to reading and writing, I'll be able to get through the next title a little more quickly than this current one.

But, regardless of how long it takes me to get through it, I'm excited. It's been a long time since I actually read with any consistency, and I forgot how much of an enjoyable past time it is. And, if I keep reading regularly, I figure it'll help me become a better writer, too. Or, at the very least, one who doesn't have to steal his post titles off of cereal boxes. Cigarette packs? That's another story - literally. You'll understand what I mean tomorrow. For now, I'm off to make these expectations a real...

Naw, screw that. I wasn't about to type that. For real. Trust me.

Anyway, I'm off to finish my book. I'll be back blabbin' tomorrow. Toodles.

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