Last week’s schedule fell completely to bits by the end. Hopefully this week will hew a little closer to my intentions from this end of the lens. But sometimes, no matter my best inentions, a book just doesn’t do anything for me, and I drop it. Sometimes the feeling is temporary (I loved both Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh and Heartmate by Robin D. Owens on the second go around, but felt very ‘meh’ about both of them on my first try). But sometimes its permanent, and I can never make myself go back. And of course, sometimes it’s not me, it’s the book. Either it turns out not to be for me, or just plain awful. Not that I haven’t occasionally finished some of those when I think it’s going to make a scathingly funny review.
And sometimes I bounce off of one book because there’s a different one calling my name so loudly that I can’t get a stray thought in until I read it. Has this ever happened to you?
Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey (paperback)
The winner of Wildest Dreams by Robin Carr is Anita Y.
Labor Day 2015
B+ Review: Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey + Giveaway
C- Review: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
D+ Review: Ryker by Sawyer Bennett
B+ Review: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk by David A. Goodman
Stacking the Shelves (152)
Coming Next Week:
The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (review)
Leaving Orbit by Margaret Lazarus Dean (review)
Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran (review)
Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman (review)
Penric’s Demon (World of the Five Gods #3.5) by Lois McMaster Bujold (review)
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I’m dying to know which book(s) made you hit a roadblock!
Me? I’m having reader’s block. Kinda like the other end of writer’s block. I’ve been in a book funk more or less for months now. There have been a few high points, but mostly reading has been a chore. I really thought I was in luck when I got hold of the latest in a series I love–but I’ve literally been laboring over it for 2 weeks and I’m only halfway done! This weekend, I finally read a children’s book and some ghost stories to try to break the mood. Nope. I despair. 🙁
The two books I bounced off of were State of Play and After Snowden. They were both essay collections and they both had very long introductory prologues that described everything in the essays. I did get a bit further with State of Play and will probably go back to is.
When I have a reading slump, I read something that I don’t have to review at all. Urban fantasy often does it for me. But it can be hard to climb out.
UF or SFF usually breaks my slump, too, but the book I was struggling with most recently was a UF. I finally set it aside, but I’ll definitely go back to later when I’m in a better frame of mind. Instead, I picked up a light space opera and didn’t want to put it down when I had to leave for work. So maybe my slump is over.
This would be even more frustrating if there were books I needed to review. I don’t know how you do it–and at the pace you consistently keep up.
I’ll admit that sometimes a “bounce off” is a review. If I get halfway through something like The Bourbon Kings and can’t stand to go another page, that’s what my review talks about. I was not kind to Bourbon Kings over at The Book Pushers. Sometimes I’ll jump ship and review something short so I have a post. Occasionally I will bribe my husband to do a guest review, If I’m truly desperate.And sometimes I find myself up at 3:30 am, trying to finish the book I need to write up for tomorrow because it has to be up the following morning at zero dark thirty.
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