So I'm taking a bit of a break from Moby Dick because a) my two library/Halloween books came in and b) I needed a break. I have just under 200 pages left and I can still honestly say I'm almost done. That's how long this book is.
However, I am very excited to have started Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, which won the Newbery Medal for 2009. So far so good. It's a nice change of pace from Moby Dick, and it grabbed me from the very first page. This is another YA novel that incorporates illustrations at various points throughout the book, and they really help to add to the spooky feel of it. By the way, if you're wondering where you've heard that name before, Mr. Gaiman is the author of the book-turned-movie Coraline.
Don't worry, though. I fully intend to finish Moby Dick. However, I might not be able to finish Frankenstein before Halloween, which is OK. I can always save it for next year. And yes, I know I could read it after Halloween, but I'd rather not. October is the month for spooky things, and that's it. There's a time and a place to be scared, and no, I'm not controlling at all. :-)