My reading has been so painfully slow this past week, you could barely call it reading at all. It seems each time I try to read, I get no more than a few pages before my eyes refuse to stay open and all I can do then is sleep. I have been feeling a bit under the weather the last couple of days, which probably explains it. I did manage to finish reading The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde though, and I really enjoyed it. I'm now wondering why I never read it before, but I'm so glad I finally did. Adding to my enjoyment of the story was the fact that we've been watching the BBC TV series of Jekyll, a modern re-telling of the story, and we just watched the last episode this week as well. It was very fun to experience them both at the same time and to see how they played with the original. The Penguin edition that I'm reading also includes a couple other stories. I've read The Body Snatcher, which was spooky indeed, and am just about to start on Olalla, which is apparently a vampire story. I'm quite looking forward to it!
Anyway, since I'm still feeling rather blah today, I decided to spend some time with Jane Austen. She's always good company on a day when you're stuck indoors. A little while ago Iliana mentioned Persuasion which inspired me to add the DVD to a recent order. The one I got was the 1995 BBC adaptation with Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds. Somehow I'd never seen it before and now I can whole-heartedly agree with those who said it's better than the more recent ITV version. The actors were much better suited to the parts, the acting more natural, and even though it's been a while since I've read the book, I thought they did a good job of portraying the book as well as possible in only 2 hours. And that Captain Wentworth does write a fantastic letter, doesn't he? *swoon* This is the second film I've watched for the Everything Austen Challenge. I wonder which one of her stories I'll read or watch next.
I'd also like to take this time to say thank you for some blog awards that I've received over the last little while from some very kind bloggers who have wonderful blogs that you should visit. So a very big thank you to ...
Mark David of Absorbed in Words for giving me the Kreativ Blogger Award,
Gnoegnoe of Graasland for passing on the Let's Be Friends Award,
BrownGirl BookSpeak for the Beautiful Blog Bingo Award, for which she gave me O, for Outstanding,
and Gavin of Page247 also for the Beautiful Blog Bingo Award, for which she gave me G for Gorgeous!
I'm going to be a spoilsport and not pass these on but I sincerely appreciate them, and am honoured that you thought of me. I'm sure we all have days when we wonder if it's worth the time and effort to keep blogging, or have doubts about our own blog, but you keep me going. Thank you so much!
Well, I'm off to go try to read again. As you can imagine I'm terribly behind in blogging again but I hope you're all keeping well and that you have a wonderful week!