Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – Dracula by Bram Stoker

As you know I’m participating in several reading challenges this year and this week’s Book Beginnings and Friday 56 is part of the Back to Classics and Classic Horror Reading Challenges.

I read this in college and remember having pretty high expectations for the book considering that Bela Lugosi’s Dracula scared the bejesus out of me when I was naïve youth and naturally when I got to college and had to read it, I just knew I would have to sleep with my dorm room light on.

Maybe it was his eyes. Those haunting, staring eyes.
Maybe it’s because he looked at Helen Chandler’s (Mina) neck like it was a big fat lip-smacking burger. 🍔 Nom nom nom
Or maybe it was this ridiculous pose

3 May. Bistritz. – Left Mynich at 8:35 p.m. on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late.

If I didn’t know it was a journal entry or an epistolary book I would venture a resounding ‘Who cares.’ And if I’m being perfectly honest I still don’t care.

I am quite interested in how and/or if my reading and opinion of the novel have changed since I last read it 20 years ago.

My Dearest Mina, –

. . . it never rains but it pours. How true the old proverbs are. Here am I, who will be twenty in September, and yet I never had a proposal til to-day, not a real proposal, and to-day I have had three. Just fancy! THREE proposals in one day! Isn’t it awful! I feel sorry, really and truly sorry, for two of the poor fellows.

Bram Stoker, Dracula pages 56

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6 thoughts on “Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – Dracula by Bram Stoker

  1. Loreen April 10, 2017 / 9:14 am

    I’m a fan of Dracula, but it’s been years since I read it. I might have to give it another read soon.


  2. BookerTalk April 8, 2017 / 5:46 am

    The fist part of the book – the scenes in Trannsylvania – are by far the best and scared the living daylights out of me. Once it moves on to Whitby and then London I lost interest

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  3. Jenn @ Quite a Novel Idea April 7, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Had never heard of the Friday 56 until today but am loving it! Yep, Dracula is one of those reads that drew me in when I was younger. Enjoy your weekend!


  4. Kwizgiver April 7, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    I remember reading this years ago, too and was fascinated by vampires.


  5. Freda's Voice (@fredalicious) April 7, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    I tried reading this one, but stopped less than halfway through. I think the movie ruined the book for me since I saw it first, but I will probably take it up again sometime. 🙂 Happy weekend! (I added you to the Linky.)


    • The Broken Spine April 7, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks Freda! I always forget to do the Linky. I’m hoping that I enjoy more now that I’m older and ‘wiser’. I’d like to watch the movie again to find out why I was so scared.


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