What I read last week
Mudman by James A. Hunter
By far my favourite thing about this book is the main character, Levi. Has to be one of my favourite character’s of the year. 4/6
Usually, I read at least two books a week, but, wow, I’ve had a slumpy week. I’ve not wanted to read anything. I think it’s going around. Many of my bookish friends online seem to be in slump mode!
So, things I do to get out of a slump:
(There are many ways to get out of a slump, but here’s a few that work for me.)
Sometime being cooped up without moving makes me feel crappy. A short walk in the fresh air does wonders and I come back motivated, whether that’s to read or other stuff!
- Re-read an old favourite/ An ‘easy’ read
Some books are knife wielding serial killers who stab you right in the feels. When I’m in a slump, this is not generally the kind of book I want to read. I want something that uses simple language and tells a light tale. Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett are those kind of author’s for me. Fun, fantasy tales. (Although, TP can lay on the angst. ;-;)
Manga’s/graphic novels are great for this too!
Sometimes, if I know that the reason I’m not enjoying a book is because of a slump and not because it sucks, I push through it. Many times, I eventually settle into the story and it can pull me out of the slump.
- Do something else creative
Sometimes I feel the need to be creative myself rather than burying myself in someone else’s wonderful creativity.
- Go on twitter and see how excited other bookish peeps are
Excitement is contagious. Often I discover books through people talking about them, (or talking about books I want to read.) It makes me want to read and fangirl about them!
Not exactly cost effective, but occasionally just buying a new book that’s caught my eye, which I immediately begin reading and devouring is a great cure for a slump! You can always go bargain hunting in charity shops for books too!
Hope these help for anyone in a slump. If you do something else when in a slump then let me know!
What I’m reading this week
I have started, and would like to finish these two books:
A sci fi, dystopian novella. A discovered this by reading this book review. It’s also christian fiction, something I’ve not delved into before, so it’ll be interesting to see a dystopian twist on that.
A middle-grade, fantasy, horror WHICH HAS A WESTIE IN IT! *Ahem* I’ve read the first chapter or two and I’m hooked so far. (Also that book cover is gorgeous!!)
I also plan to read:
That’s Charming is a whimsical fantasy/adventure novel with sprinklings of humour for a middle grade audience which was shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian/Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize.
This is written by fellow blogger, Heather Lawson. You can find more about the book at its own blog here, (you can read the first chapter free here!), and here. (Super gorgeous art on there. Check it out.)
So far, I’ve read the first two chapters and cannot wait to get my hands on the rest! Those two chapters, have helped immensely to end my book slump.