*** How I ended up reading it ***
I'd been hearing great things about LAVINIA, by Ursula K. LeGuin, from a bunch of bloggers. It sounded like something I'd really enjoy so I put it on my TBR list. Since it is based on the events in Virgil's AENEID, my plan was to read/listen to that first (maybe for the Really Old Classics Challenge) then pick up LAVINIA.
Through a very complicated set of conflicting schedules and car swapping, I ended up driving by myself in my mother-in-law's car to join my family for a weekend at the beach. Just before leaving I realized that her car had a cd player so the audio book cassettes I'd been listening to in MY car were useless to me. This led to a last minute trip to the library before getting on to the highway.
I browsed the audio book section as quickly as possible and grabbed the first two titles I recognized: LAVINIA, and INTO THE WOODS, by Tana French. Within minutes I was back in the car and heading to the beach.
One look at the cover of INTO THE WOODS and I knew that it was definitely not the book I needed for this trip - too creepy. It was not the same white cover with branching black letters I'd seen previously. This one had a broken doll and lots of blood on it - NOT a beach trip book, at least not for me. So I was left with LAVINIA ... and I was pretty excited about it.
*** It's not you, it's me. ***
That trip was at the end of September and I STILL haven't been able to finish listening to this book. Here's why:
- I should definitely have read THE AENEID first - I have basically no idea of the background of this story, other than the references to THE ILIAD that I do understand.
- The best place for me to listen to audio books is in the car. There are no distractions and I can really take in the story. Once I gave my mother-in-law her car back, I was forced to listen to this book at home with LOTS of distractions
- Because of that last point, I'm not really caring about any of the characters.
- I dread turning on the CD and have been forcing myself to keep listening.
*** Your Thoughts ***
Have you ever had an experience like this where circumstances prevented you from enjoying a book? Tell me about it so I don't feel so ridiculous ...
And here are some additional perspectives on this book that explain why I wanted to read it so much: