We can all agree, reading slumps are the worst. Reading is supposed to be there for us, right? That’s what we turn to for comfort, so what happens when even that becomes something that sucks? Maybe life is getting to you, maybe you’ve had more than your fair share of 1 star reads.
Whatever the reason, this week I want to share with you five books that I think can get you out of a reading slump (even though I hope it’s a rare occasion!).
This is the latest book that I’ve read in one sitting. Normally I don’t do that because I have so many other things to do: work, sleep, child care, etc. However, this arrived in the mail at just the right time and I was able to binge read it overnight and loved it! It’s a bit heavy emotionally speaking and the ending will be a shock, I think. It’s definitely going to be a reread at some point just to see if I can pick up on the ending now that I know what it is.
Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors because he has a knack for tacking the mundane and turning it into an adventure. This time, it’s the story of a father going to the corner store for some milk for his children’s cereal. Nothing special, you’d think, until he meets a time traveling stegosaurus and goes on a air balloon trip that he relates to his children upon his arrival home. Do they believe him? All I’ll say is, check the milk bottle.
This 2016 thriller was one I had to read in snippets because my copy was relegated to my work station, but I couldn’t wait for that moment each day when I got to sit down and read a few chapters. It’s quite serious, but very engaging. It’s about a couple that seem to have the perfect life, but as with a lot of things, their relationship is different behind closed doors. There were aspects of it that terrified me because you can see it play out on the page, such as the emotional abuse, but it’s the motivation for this cruelty that I didn’t anticipate. It’s a fast read with a good ending.
This was a one-off book that Rainbow Rowell wrote for World Book Day, a UK holiday that I wish we had a counterpart for in the US. You can get a copy of this novella either from an Amazon 3rd Party Seller or on Ebay, as it’s never been sold in the US to my knowledge.
It’s about Elena, a girl who’s enormously passionate about Star Wars. So much so in fact that she queues up hours in advance to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She’s expecting a good time with fellow fans and, well, her expectations don’t quite met up with reality. I won’t say more for fear of spoilers.
A quick read, this, that’s sure to give you a jolt of fandom energy and good writing from one of my favorite contemporary authors.
This is a wonderfully told mystery. It isn’t burdened down with a romance, which is all well and good, but sometimes I like books without having to worry about that. It takes place in the 1800’s and is very good about pulling you along, feeding you just enough information about murder and potentially supernatural plants to keep you reading long past your bedtime.