Am I in a slump? I don’t know. I can’t decide what to read and the audiobooks I’ve been busting to get to are just blah. Or to be more accurate: everything I want to read just isn’t doing it for me. I start the book and then I think to myself: I’m not interested in this.
And then a few minutes later, I ask myself: am I not interested in this?
That’s weird right? What’s the weirdest reading slump you’ve been in and how did you get out of it?
My one consolation is that I am making a list of books to read… if I ever get into the mood of reading them.
… I’m weird right?
Here there be book recs:
The only reason this first book is on my list this week is because the main character kind of reminds me of Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy. The 3.5 paragraphs of prattle about how good the author is, about the other books that it’s comparable to… blah blah blah. Am I setting myself up for a fall?
The second book rec this week is about a sister and her brother and the secrets they have. It’s the story of family, the 90s and the AIDS epidemic.
Third, third is about gun violence, about what happens 10 years after a young boy accidentally kills his sister.
Fourth is another Australian novel, one that’s a mystery, with a dash of magic., and it revolves around the women in the family.
There really is three paragraphs of prattle before the blurb actually gets to what the book is actually about. I know exactly that has driven me MAD and I’ve ditched a book before for exactly that. Mercifully, I saw this one reviewed on a different site and then I went to the Goodreads page to see its rating and got smacked upside the head with the three Paragraphs of Doom. The book however is about K, a guy who talks in truths and nothing but after losing his wife. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t work like that and no one quite understands him so they remain pissed off instead. So, this is about him trying to understand the world, to make sense of it within the context of his grief. I apologise, the three paragraphs of prattle robbed my of words to articulate how much I actually love the idea of Drax roaming the world and reminding it of a couple of truths it wouldn’t necessarily want to hear. Nods.
This is the story of Gemma who wants the perfect formal — it’s the Australian version of a prom — and her brother Billy comes home just to weave his make-up magic on her and her friends for the big day. Which is about when secrets, lots and lots of secrets come out. I think Billy has AIDS because that’s what an entirely different summary says. Family secrets of all kinds, so I think I can safely say this one is going to break my heart, I know it.
Alright, the title is heavy handed, I admit, but I’ve read Barry Lyga’s Jasper Dent series, and he is a superb author. Superb. So I was immediately caught by this book when I saw who was the author: 10 years after he accidentally killed his baby sister, Sebastian wants to fix everything. He wants to make up for his past. And he thinks the only way to do that is with a gun. But what does that mean exactly? Is he going to hurt someone else? Is he going to hurt himself? Whatever it is, I think this is a story worth reading.
Zoe Kennett is missing, and Detective Tony Vincent is there to investigate. But this is where it gets interesting: the story is told by four women, who explain … well, a tale that spans centuries and continents. So how does that work? How do myth and history come together to explain how Zoe disappeared? See? Confusing like crazy, but I want to know how it works out. I feel like I’m asking for trouble, and everything about this might irritate me, but I still want to know. How does that work?!
… and that’s where I’m stopping tonight because I’m feeling weird, and I can’t still can’t figure out why nothing I liked last week works for me this week. Sighs.
No, really — how do you get out of weird slumps that don’t seem to make sense?