Thursday, May 14, 2015

First World Book Person Problems

You guys.  I don't have a book review for you this week because I am having the hardest time finding a book to read.  It's not that there aren't books out that I want to read.  There are.  I just don't have access to those books right now.  

For example, I want to read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.  I want that book reeeeeeeaaal bad.  But I am hold number 65 at the library, so it'll be several weeks before it's my turn to read it.  I also want to read An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.  I've heard so many glorious things, and I am dying to get my hands on that book.  I was lucky and randomly found it in the library's system long before the book was even released, and put in a request for it when it becomes available.  But even though that book was released nearly A MONTH AGO, and even though I am hold number 1 (ONE!!) on the library's wait list, the book is still not in my library's public circulation yet.  The Heir by Kiera Cass came out nine days ago, but the library's copy of that one isn't circulating through the public yet either, despite having over three hundred people request it.  (Not that I would get it any time soon anyway, seeing as I'm hold number 166.)  And then there are the books I am dying to read, but that aren't even in my library's system at all: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger.  

WHAT IS THIS LIFE.

I've tried reading other books to fill the void until my library holds come through, but nothing has been working out for me.  I tried Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver.  After forty pages I just had to admit that book wasn't working for me.  (I have three sisters, but my relationships with them are happy and supportive, so the sisterly angst was difficult for me to relate to.)  Next I tried I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak.  AND I WAS BORED OUT OF MY EVER LOVING MIND.  So I picked up The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin, Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick, and about five other books I've been meaning to get to.  

All to no avail.  

Nothing holds my interest anymore!  I don't care about any of these books!  I'm not connecting with the story, not hooked by the plot, not interested in the themes.  IT'S LIKE BOOKS ARE FAILING ME LATELY.

What's a girl to do?  Seriously, though: What should I do?  Have you read anything that has rocked your world lately?  Do you have any recommendations for me?  Have you ever faced a reading slump like this?  How did you get out of it?  Help me, please!!

10 comments:

  1. Don't tell Suey or Jenny about not liking I am the Messenger, lol. Zusak can do no wrong in their eyes. ;) I'm not sure how to help, except to suggest going back to an old favorite. Whenever I'm in a slump, I usually pull out Harry Potter or Twilight (gasp) and that usually gets me out of my funk.

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    1. I was surprised at not digging I Am The Messenger. I LOVED The Book Thief. Pulling out Harry Potter is a good idea. If nothing else, I'm sure to enjoy myself, right?

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  2. The only answer is to come visit me. Like today.

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    1. I seriously wish that was an option. So, so bad.

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  3. Oh, sad!
    Stop by my place on your way to Liz's, please. Are you into nonfiction at all? I read "Quiet" and it totally rocked my world and made me feel special and like I was a superhero instead of shy. You seem like a fellow introvert, so it could be your thing.

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    1. Yes, please! You are making me miss all my friends in the Midwest!! I have heard a lot about Quiet. As a fellow introvert, I think it would be something I am interested in. I don't read a ton of nonfiction, but I do read some. I'll have to pick this one up.

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  4. It sounds like you are in a huge reading slump. It'll pass. Just hang in there. If you don't mind me asking, can you not afford to buy one of these books you're wanting so bad? Just one as a treat to your self?

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    1. I can afford it, it's just that I've set a personal goal lately not to buy books until after I've already read it once and know I love enough to read it a second time, or unless it's a sequel to a book I already own and love and know I'll read. I just currently own too many books that I don't love, and this is my way of trying to break the habit of compulsively buying books. Maybe I should break my own rule and buy one of these in order to get myself out of this slump!

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    2. You're very wise. I have a terrible book buying problem. I've been doing much better lately because money is tight but to get out of a book slump I might give in. Good luck.

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    3. You're right, it might be worth it. This slump is killing me... And killing my blog post schedule. :)

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