Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Flake!

I can't read anything. Seriously. Slumps SUCKKKK!

It appears the tropical virus has passed. I feel like a new woman. Too bad the new woman's urge to read is almost nonexistent.

What books have you read lately that could be good slump busters? I beg of you. I neeeed your help!

19 comments:

  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I read a little over 300 pages of the book in one sitting. It was amazing.

    And I know you've got to like YA :)

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  2. Try reading something really light. I just started Bought by Anna David and I'm FINALLY breezing through something. Reading slumps suck and make you question your existence (or is that just me?) LOL!

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  3. Hmmm. . . I don't know what you should read, but I've posted a video of Max running agility that might make you smile! :-)

    http://booksnbordercollies.blogspot.com

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  4. This happened to me recently - none of my books pleased me! I recommend Joan Wyndham's Love Lessons. It would be impossible not to love that.

    However, if you aren't in the mood for war-time diaries, I recommend reading something totally different to your usual fare.

    Glad you're feeling better!

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  5. Ditto. Cassandra Clare. Snap up City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass and gobble them up. Jace and Clary kick Edward and Bella's asses to the curb. Angst, love-struck, star-crossed, they do it one hundred thousand million times better.

    Do it.

    You can thank me later.

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  6. I've been in a little slump as well. A friend loaned me Finger Lickin' Thirteen yesterday and Rex Libris: I, Librarian. If these don't help, nothin' will.

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  7. I just read all six of Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series. They are short (220-240 pages) and each ends on a major cliffhanger so you'll need the next one close by. The heroine is sort of a Bella with balls type. Nothing literary but gallons of fun.

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  8. Skellig by David Almond - its a YA fantasy, but TOTALLY different from the YA fantasy that is glutting the market right now. No vampires. Just a beautiful little story about learning to be brave.

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  9. Well, I am all about magical realism this summer. I would try Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende (I hope I spelled her name right). I liked them because even though they were romantic, they were not gushy or mushy. They are passionate and raw and short.
    Or, Vonnegut is a good funky picker-upper. I just finished The Last Song of Dusk a few weeks ago and at first I thought it was way too romantic, but then the magical realism kicked in along with some wonderful lyrical prose. You know, I have said it before and I will say it again, Guy Maupassant's Selected Short Stories have been underrated. It seems that the only exposure we ever get of Maupassant's work is in high school and it is his short story The Necklace and that is it. However, I found that his other stories in this collection are more interesting. Of course I always recommend mythology from all over the world and A Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

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  10. I'm just breaking my slump with 'Empresses of the World' by Sarah Ryan. I also suggest 'Boy Meets Girl' by Ali Smith if you haven't read it, a real grown up books with prose you can sail through. Umm, The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney but you have to be in the right mood for books about crime and snow. If you want something big and balsy try 'Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates, Oates will kick your ass out of tthat slump:)

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  11. Reading slumps really are the worst. I just finished a book by Sarah Dessen. Love her. Otherwise, Unsticky by Sarra Manning was fantastic. Read it twice in two weeks.

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  12. It must be going around like the flu because I've been trying to read the same book for about a month! I hate it, when you get out, let me know =)

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  13. I just started "Three Bags Full" and so far am enjoying it immensely.

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  14. Oh, check out The Red Leather Diary. Seriously...I was so absorbed and it helped me get out of my slump. The writing is amazing. It just transports you. Loved it.

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  15. Two people already recommended it so I'm going to back up their recommendations of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Also, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is one of the funniest, saddest books you'll ever read.
    I'm in library school too and I read Living Dead Girl for a YA Lit class. Almost the entire class hated the book, most didn't even finish it.

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  16. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie is good. And, I haven't read it but I'd second City of Bones. I read part of it before I walked to the counter to pay for my copy and it sounded nice and light. My son is on City of Glass. He's been whipping through the series and loving them.

    Also, have you read Simon's latest?

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  17. pride and prejudice and zombies.

    no seriously, it's quite entertaining and clever!

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  18. Oh, oh, oh, I just bought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I don't know why I did. I kind of wondered if I should have, but now that Anonymous mentions it and gave it a thumbs up, I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks.

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  19. Thanks for all the great recs, folks! I'll definitely be looking into each and every one of these!

    Ophelia, I hear nothing but good things about these books! There has to be something to 'em.

    LH, I hear ya. Light is usually the ticket for me, too.

    Debbie, Finger Lickin' sounds right up my alley! As does Rex Libris. THanks!

    Eli, I LOOOOOVE Skellig! I've read it several times actually, and I teach it to all my children's lit classes. :D

    Jodie, I adored Ali Smith's Hotel World so I'm glad you mentioned this one!

    Amanda, I can't believe I keep forgetting to snatch up The Red Leather Diary! I soo want to read it!

    Anon and Fem, I want Pride and Prejudice and Zombies something awful! It looks like so much fun.

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