Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Further "Early Thoughts on '2015 in Review' ".

Coming up on the new year, I suppose now's the time to take up new projects or renew the ones where I've backslid these past several months. Yesterday, I posted my first blog post in ages. While I'm on a roll, I may as well expand on some of what was written it that post.

First, the photograph. When I published what I had written, I had originally not included a photo. I didn't feel as if I had one that fit the mood of the post. However, when I attempted to put the link to the post onto Facebook, a really horrible and completely unrelated photo would show up to accompany the link. (it was the photo I used on the blog for a post about Sinead O'Conner's third wedding). I added the photo now on the blog post in the hope that it would show up on FB. No such luck.

The photo accompanying this post is one that I took just a few minutes ago to show the results of the current workout routine described in yesterday's blog post. Believe it or not, I actually felt that I was smiling during the taking of the photo.

I mentioned yesterday that I had read 37 books this year with the possibility of finishing number 38 before the New Year arrives. It's doubtful. I'm currently reading two books - both are books I've read before. Of the 37 books I've finished reading this year, all 37 are e-books, most freebies from Project Gutenberg or their Australian website for books out of copyright in Australia yet still under U.S. copyright.

Of the two I'm now reading, one is an ebook and one is a traditional hardcover book. I do have to keep some books around in case I want to read and my battery is low on my Android. The two books are:
Write Away, by Elizabeth George (the hard cover, which I read once before in 2013) and in e book,
Dracula by Bram Stoker.
I'm sure it's been thirty years since I last read Dracula and I've forgotten quite a lot of what's written. We know there aren't too many movies which accurately follow the novel to the letter.

I was motivated to read Dracula again after having just finished Sheridan Le Fanu's vampire story, Carmilla. I'd also downloaded other e books of Le Fanu's work, but none could hold my interest.

I'm not sure which direction my reading will take in 2016 once I've finished reading Dracula. I've downloaded Frankenstein, although I feel as if it hasn't been that long ago since I've reread that classic (can't find it listed in any of the book lists I've kept since 2012).

I'm thinking of rereading Sinclair's been thirty years or longer since I read his work. I'm also thinking of The Memoirs of William T Sherman and The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave.

One thing is certain, with Project Gutenberg, I'll never run out of reading material.

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