the dreaded READING SLUMP.
Here’s the deal: I’m very good at picking out what I think I’ll like to read. If I don’t think I’ll enjoy it, why the heck would I want to waste my time on it? Life is too dang short, friends! It just is. So I don’t waste my time choosing books that I think I’ll not-enjoy. I also don’t accept books for review that I don’t think I’ll be able to enjoy. I just don’t. I don’t see the point. It isn’t fair to me and it isn’t fair to the author. Do I write negative reviews on my blog? Well, sure…if I read a book that I think deserves one. But that is so very rare that I can understand why one might think I don’t ever do it.
My point is this: This week, for probably the first time ever, I read two books back-to-back that I didn’t like. Well, I didn’t really care for one and I pretty much hated the other. WHAT IS THIS BUSINESS? Is this a real, live, honest-to-goodness reading slump?
I read Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall and I didn’t really like it. There were things I did like about it, but the
main reason I didn’t like it was because of the main character. I blogged about it HERE. And it is not what I would consider a positive review. Y’all can go back and see my thoughts and all that if you want to. This was book number one in my so-called Reading Slump.
Then, for a reason that I have yet to understand, I decided that I would try another Sarah Dessen book. Now, back in the summer, I read a Dessen book (Just Listen) during my Contemporary Month and it didn’t capture me the way it apparently did the rest of the Sarah Dessen army. The honest reason for this was because I misjudged the cover and I was expected it to be much less issues-heavy. I explained my feelings in my blog post HERE. I decided that I wouldn’t give up on Sarah Dessen, however, because she is a local author and I think it is important for me to support her.
I wanted to read a Dessen book on my Kindle. I checked the library. The only one they had available in ebook was Lock and Key. The stuff on Goodreads about this one wasn’t stellar, but I wasn’t completely scared off by the summary.* So I checked it out and I
read it trudged through it.
You guys, Lock and Key was a punch in my gut from the beginning. And then two-thirds through it, it was just kicking me when I was down. It was too personal to me. I’ve tried to blog about it, but I can’t at this point and I’m not sure that I will be able to. And I don’t mind that. So let’s just say I didn’t like that book. I may decide to read another Dessen book, but if I do – it will be a good long while from now. This was book number two of my so-called Reading Slump.
*Sidenote: I would like to say that I NEVER would have read Lock and Key had I known about the stuff in the second part of the book, which wasn’t really in the summary. THIS is the reason that I like to know about potential triggers in issues books.
How many books do you have to read in a row to be considered in a slump? I’ve read two back-to-back and I feel pretty slumpy right about now.
Sidenote: I’m also reading an adult fiction book that is pretty doggone incredible. And thank goodness for that. Because I would probably give up on reading entirely. (Ok, that was a joke.) But seriously, this one book is saving me right now from being extra pout-y and probably hating the world.
I have a ton of review books that I need to read and some great books that have been sitting on my shelves for a long time. Chances are that some of these are ones that you might suggest. So, suggest away. GO! Help a gal out! Get me out of this slump before I start crying and can’t stop…