Thursday, November 03, 2011

Forget Everything I Said

I'm busy, my brain is fried, I'm slumping. FORGET ALL THAT. A magical thing happened last night. I worked a late night (was at work until 8pm and then commuted the hour home). I scarfed down some fast food on the way out to the sticks and when I arrived G was in bed, so I jumped in the shower, skipped my mindless TV viewing, and climbed into bed. I had to get up at 5am today, so I wasn't dallying too much.

When I actually got into bed I couldn't fall asleep (weird) so I opened my Nook app on my iPhone. I found myself in the midst of a little guilt storm that I haven't given ANY attention to my personal Tournament of Books reading challenge lately, so I popped open the first TOB book on my phone: Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky.

And this is where the magic happened. It clicked! The writing style in this book is very stripped down and straightforward. Marie is bad. She's been in prison, she drinks whiskey while she babysits, she's a mess with absolutely no ambition. And I totally want to read about her! The writing style in the early pages is humorously flippant about Marie's ambitionlessness (ha!). The style mixed with the subject matter is really jivin' for me, so I hope this is the official end to my most recent reading slump.

I'm not far into the book, but it's also very short (167 pages on my phone), and it sort of reminds me of my experience reading Sherry and Narcotics by Nina-Marie Gardner earlier in the year. I was in a bit of a slump at that point too and the alcoholic protagonist in that novel pulled me right on out of my reading funk with her train wreck of a life.Yay! It's a weird thing to "yay" for and an odd topic to de-slump me, but I'll take it.

Have you experienced a slump lately? Is there any "type" of book that usually pulls you out of a slump? Share, folks!

19 comments:

  1. Glad you found a book you're excited about! I went through a little slump after my summer vacation, but I always find that Jane Austen sequels do the trick for me. They're my guilty pleasure! ;)

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  2. I had an epic slump at the beginning of the year and Faithful Place, by Tana French, blew that slump to pieces! I think mysteries are always great at keeping your interest. Bad Marie is a great book for a slump too. I read it for a readathon at some point, and it kept my attention!

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  3. I'm glad that Bad Marie got you out of your reading slump. Those things are the worst! When I'm in a reading slump, I usually read graphic novels or picture books. That usually helps.

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  4. When I'm in a slump, I almost always pick up Georgette Heyer.

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  5. Not so much a reading slump lately, but definitely a posting/COMMENTING slump. Way behind there, and I'm afraid that soon I'll have no friends! Glad the book worked for you; love how it happened 'magically'.

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  6. I'm glad you're out of your slump! I'm not sure there's a certain type of book that gets me out of a slump -- something that's a fast read, I suppose.

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  7. Usually to pull myself out of a slump I try to read something vastly different from my last read. Or, if I have post-fantastic-book slumpton then I try to read a book similar to my last read. I had major newborn baby reading slump. I could not focus on ANYTHING!

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  8. I think it definitely says something even more that you immediately grew attached to the narrative while reading it on the iphone. In bed. Exhausted.

    Yay.

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  9. I totally know what you mean about reading slumps! This has been a rather slow week for me as well (due to sickness, rather than just general blah-ness) but it always feels like it can be so hard to keep the ball rolling. And you think YOU make weird choices of books to get you out of slumps? I read horrible memoirs. Not, like, horribly written ones, but ones about horrible things that have happened to people. This weekend, it was Jacyee Dugard's memoir about her 18 year abduction. That's TERRIBLE, but it got me reading again so...yay? ;)

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  10. I've been in an on-again--off-again slump for the past seven months, so I completely get it. For me, there are two types of books that work: 1) really easy YAL SFF and 2) really awesome classics. Two totally different classics, but they work wonders on a tired and distracted brain.

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  11. I hate reading slumps especially when there are so many books waiting! When I am really busy I tend to be in more of a slump because it's a struggle to choose between sleep and a book (usually books win and I'd sacrifice sleep, but if I am already sleep deprived, it's hard to choose!). I tend to read faster, less wordy books (those that have more white spaces, one liners instead of long, windy paragraphs), and emotional or inspirational reads tend to get me out of a slump better too. (see, my life isn't as bad as theirs! get over it!)

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  12. Thanks, Anna! I need to finish off Jane Austen's works and then start on the sequels. They look fun! :)

    Lola, glad you liked Bad Marie as well. I haven't read any of Tana French's novels, but they look sooooo tempting!

    Natasha, I've run ridiculously low on graphic novels as of late. I have La Perdida here, but others are in storage. I still need to read some of the biggies like Watchmen, From Hell, and A Contract with God.

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  13. Aarti, I have yet to read ANY of Heyer's stuff! I see them reviewed often, so I suppose I need to give them a go. :)

    Bellezza, the busting of a slump is always somewhat magical. I tend to get the "I'll never read again!" feeling if I slump too long. :D And you'll always have friends. We *heart* you.

    Kim, and that's always the challenge for me...finding the fast read. There are lots of bodies leftover after this slump. I've DNFed several titles I know I'll pick back up later.

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  14. Amanda, I think my newborn slump is still going and he's going on 19 months old. LOL I also try to keep my reading varied. My fallback was going to be a biography of Queen Victoria's granddaughters if Bad Marie hadn't panned out.

    Christina, me too! I read any way I can here lately, so the iPhone is not unusual, but to actually "latch on" to a book that way is rare.

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  15. Yayy, Sandra! I'm glad to hear it.

    LOL, Chelsea! I can see myself going that way to get out of a slump. I totally want to read the Dugard memoir, and I haven't read anything by Augusten Burroughs, so I have lots of stuff to save me in the horrible memoir vein.

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  16. Trisha, that's an interesting observation. Those two types of slump busters are wildly different. I can't say that classics usually save me, but maybe I just haven't started any that are awesome enough. Hmm!

    Christa, you hit on something REALLY important to me: white space! I noticed with Bad Marie...the formatting on the iphone was "airy." There was plenty of white space, which made the prose physically appear to be airier and less intimidating. The formatting is a little more normal and standard on my Nook, but I think that iPhone white space played a really key role in my settling on this book.

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  17. I've been in a slump like that for the last few months. I can't seem to get out of it. I've read a few awesome books, but I can't seem to read anything inbetween. It's getting very frustrating. I DO have Bad Marie though....maybe I'll give it a try! I'm so glad you found the book to help you!

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  18. Glad you found the perfect book to pull you out of your slump!

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