As I mentioned yesterday, I am in the midst of a reading slump. This usually happens after a readathon, it usually happens when I’m stressed, and it usually happens when I can’t focus.
I have all three going for me. So yay.
Whenever this happens to me, I typically clean the slate (as it stop all the books I’m trying to read) and start up fresh with something new. The books that were currently in my now reading queue were: Eight Flavors: the Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson, Hamilton: the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda (I KNOW, and it’s the audio), and Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here by Angela Palm.
All are great. None are grabbing me. *le sign*
So, where do I go from here? You may notice that all of those are nonfiction. Yay Nonfiction November! You are killing me. I’m kidding Eight Flavors because 1) I’m 60% through it and it IS good and 2) it’s a review book. So, other than that, I think I need some fiction. But not just ANY fiction. I need some fast paced, grab-me-by-the-nose-hairs exciting fiction. Let’s look at some recent purchases.
Perhaps A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro?
“The first book in a witty, suspenseful new trilogy about a brilliant new crime-solving duo: the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.”? Hmm…sounds interesting!
Or how about The Eagle Tree by Ned Hayes? “Fourteen-year-old March Wong knows everything there is to know about trees. They are his passion and his obsession, even after his recent falls-and despite the state’s threat to take him away from his mother if she can’t keep him from getting hurt. But the young autisitc boy cannon resist the captivation pull of the Pacific Northwest’s lush forests just outside his back door.” Oooooh, I love trees too. And I love that the character takes on the fight of saving an ancient tree from demolition.
Then there is Elliot Allagash by Simon Rich. I have a huge literary crush on Simon Rich; his writing is always a relief. And his first novel sounds super: “Seymour Herson is the least popular student at Glendale, a private school in Manhattan. He’s painfully shy, physically inept, and his new nick-name, “chunk style,” is in danger of entering common usage. But Seymour’s solitary existence comes to a swift end when he meets the new transfer student: Elliot Allagash, evil heir of America’s largest fortune.” It sounds rather Pygmalion, since rich, bored Elliot decides to make poor Seymour the most popular student in school.
I’ve almost talked myself into all three of these novels! Which one would you pick?
What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?