I've been in a major reading slump, people. I'm talking HUGE.
It started in August, but I was managing to get my books for the reading group mostly completed, and there was so much going on that I didn't really notice. Once October rolled around I had managed to find a challenge that I was mostly certain I would finish. And I did. However, I ended up swapping one book for another because I just couldn't get through my initial commitment.
So here's a short run down of those that just didn't make it:
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
Christie's writing was a bore fest. Ok, it's a huge thriller and people love it, but I was having a hard time keeping up with all those characters that were essentially the same person with a different history or whatever, and a mere paragraph and a half dedication that just didn't stick. I just didn't really care what happened on that island. I keep promising I'll pick it up at a later date. We'll see.
I was SO excited, like a kid opening their first bag of Halloween candy spoils, to read this one in time for the holiday. I guess I've realized that most YA literature just doesn't rock my world. I definitely want to give this one another go next year because it could have been that it was really fun and I was too busy enjoying my adventures touring the US and didn't have the energy to also keep my nose stuck in a book.
There's something about this time of year that makes me yearn for novels about the earth. About the individuals that settled in areas alongside the unrelenting natural world. Cather's books share insight of the history of a whole swarm of people that I felt my early academic career only briefly mentioned. The fact that I didn't finish, well, this is one of those secrets that I would never dare say in a public place where I'd be able to SEE the looks I'd get. Never! However, I know this is one novel that I'll definitely finish. How could I not?
The books that I just want to be over already:
Geek Love Katherine Dunn
This is a book club pick for November and I honestly couldn't think of something further from what I'd like to be reading at this time. Dysfunctional family? Check. Grotesque descriptions that prevent reading while taking lunch? Check. It's not that I think it's the worst book ever, but it certainly won't be on a top anything list. It's mostly long winded and leaves me with an icky feeling that makes me also refrain from picking it up before I sleep. I really really really have to finish but I just have no idea how I'm going to do that yet.
This one started out such a winner. I thought it fun and witty and all those things that made me want to pack it up when I'm going out of town for a weekend. However, I've made it to page 100 and am ready for it to just be over. I feel like it's moving through the setup but just continues to set up. Things are happening but the novel isn't moving. This lack of progression is killing me!
Don't even get me started on the pathetic state of my Currently Reading section on Goodreads. How many have been started and left behind? I don't even want to share.
So what gives? Have I become a snob of a reader? Am I too impatient? What do you do when you hit this wall?