Bookworm Problems: Reading Slumps

 

The dreaded reading slump: a bookworm’s worst nightmare. We’ve all been there, starting and stopping a dozen different books because none can hold your attention for more than ten minutes. Sometimes it lasts a day, sometimes it goes on for months, and in rare instances, it can last years.

I’m hoping the reading slump I’m currently in is on the shorter end of the spectrum, but it’s already been two weeks, and I haven’t found a fix yet. I’ve tried switching genres, reading old favorites, looking on blogs for new recommendations,  and moving to a new reading spot. But, nothing has worked, and I am ready to take drastic measures.

So, I think I’m going to take a reading break. Maybe watch Netflix and work on the back-log of reviews I need to write to ease my way back into things. I’m bummed that I won’t reach my reading goal this month, but I’m not going to force myself to read; that takes all the fun out of it.

Question of the week: What’s your go-to method for escaping a reading slump?

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“It is definitely annoying that straight (and white, for that matter) is the default, and that the only people who have to think about their identity are the ones who don’t fit that mold. Straight people really should have to come out, and the more awkward it is, the better. Awkwardness should be a requirement.”

― Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)

Reading Goals – March 2017

I know we’re already a week into March, but it was a pretty hectic week, so I’m just now getting this post up. Last month I managed to reach my goal of 8 books and tack on an extra five books (for a total of 13 books)! I’m still not sure how I managed to read all of them! You can check out the full list of books I read in February in my monthly wrap-up post.

This month, I don’t expect to read quite as many books, especially since a week has already passed and I’ve only finished two books (both of which I started in February). Still, I’m going to set my goal at 10 books, but I won’t be upset if I don’t hit my target because I am currently rereading The Lord of the Rings, and it is not a story to be read quickly!

So, without further ado, here are the books I hope to read this month!

Book #1: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Book #2: The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller (ARC)

Book #3: The Doomsday Key by James Rollins (Sigma Force series #6)

Book #4: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Book #5: Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

Book #6: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Book #7: Frostblood by Elly Blake

Book #8: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Book #9: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Book #10: Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden (ARC)

Question of the week: Have you read (or do you want to read) any of the books on this list?

Book Review – Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

img_20170219_170009_617I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into when I began reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Honestly, I didn’t really know much about it when I bought it. But, one of my book buddies had recommended it, so I went out and found a copy, adding it to my ever-increasing “to-be-read” list.

I’m normally not one for contemporary YA romances, but I took a chance on this book, and I’m glad I did! The story was entertaining, sweet, and surprisingly uplifting for a book that begins with blackmail.

The book follows Simon, a not-quite-out gay teenager as he navigates the perks and perils of teenage life. While dealing with the shifting dynamics of his relationships with his friends and family, Simon must also juggle extracurricular activities (e.g., the school play), an online “friendship” with a guy whose identity is unknown to Simon, and a blackmailer (who knows Simon’s secret). Reading this story was a roller-coaster of emotions, and Simon’s coming-of-age story is one that I won’t soon forget!

Albertalli did a wonderful job crafting a complex, relatable main character, and I appreciate that Simon is equally as flawed as he is lovable. Simon’s not-so-perfect friends and family were just as well-written. And a special shout-out for supportive, competent adult characters…something that often seems lacking in YA novels!

On top of a delightful cast, the dialogue flowed effortlessly, and the story offered a genuine portrayal of young love in today’s society. And, what I liked most about this novel was the way it made me think about my definition of “normal” and how that can affect my view of the world. I wasn’t expecting to face such a harsh truth while reading this novel, but Albertalli wrapped it up in the warm, fuzzy blanket that is Simon’s budding romance with Blue, softening the delivery.  It was less of a slap in the face and more of a firm nudge in the right direction.

While this wasn’t the most riveting story I’ve read this year, I did quite enjoy the novel, and I took away more than I thought I would. Overall, I would definitely recommend it to others!

4 out of 5 flowers!

Monthly Wrap-Up – February 2017

img_20170228_082753_916I can’t believe the month of February is already over. It was a jam-packed month; between officiating my cousin’s wedding, road-tripping to Tennessee, spending a weekend with my best friend, and celebrating my birthday, the month seemed to fly by!

Despite all of the craziness of this month, I was still able to read all of the books on my February “to-read” list and even managed to squeeze in an extra five books! I haven’t finished writing all of the full-length reviews (as I chose not to haul my laptop around with me during my travels, and I hate blogging from my phone), but I have rated them all (see the list below)!

By far, the best book I read this month was Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. But that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the other books I read! Be sure to check out the reviews I’ve already written, and be on the lookout for more to come!

Books I read this month:
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – 5/5 🌸

The Judas Strain by James Rollins (Sigma Force #4) – 4.5/5 🌸

The Last Oracle by James Rollins (Sigma Force #5) – 4.5/5 🌸

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – 4/5 🌸

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – 4/5 🌸

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris – 4/5 🌸

Extracted* by R.R. Haywood – 3.5/5 🌸

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedotti – 3.5/5 🌸

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – 3/5 🌸

Drop Shot by Harlan Coben (Myron Bolitar #2) – 3/5 🌸

Ensnared* by Rita Stradling – 3/5 🌸

Mask of Shadows* by Linsey Miller – 3/5 🌸

Quest of the Kings* by Robert Evert – 2.5/5 🌸

Question of the week: What was your favorite read of February? 

*The books with an asterisk(*) next to their title have yet to be published. I received a free ARC e-book of Extracted through Amazon’s Kindle First Program, and a free ARC e-book of Ensnared, Mask of Shadows, and Quest of the Kings, from their publishers via NetGalley for review consideration. Receiving a free copy of the book in no way affects the honesty of my reviews!