Hey everyone! Sabrina here. I’m dealing with a bit of a problem right now, so I want to chat about it with you – it’s nothing serious, as you can tell by the title of this post, so don’t worry! I’ve only recently come out of a reading slump, but now, I have a new issue: I am not enjoying or being gripped by many of the books I’m picking up. Is this just a mutation of the reading slump, or is it really that I haven’t found the right book yet? In today’s post, I’m going to tell you a bit about all the books on my currently reading shelf and in what ways they’re either working or not working for me.
CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE
I’m really going to try and continue with this book, but if I am still struggling at 20%, I’m going to have to drop it. I mentioned in one of my last posts that I was picking this up for Jess’s bookclub, but so far I am finding the writing too dense to keep my attention. The live show is in a few days from now, so I need to push through fast! If I can’t, I may just watch the live show anyway, because it seems like this book will bring up some interesting discussions.
This is a fantasy book that is translated from Russian – I believe – and so far it has been very strange. I’m only about 50 pages in at this point and the part I’m up to feels like it’s been dragging on forever. I’m hoping the plot is going to pick up a little bit soon and that I get used to the writing style, because I am struggling a little with it. It has got a strong “this has been translated” flavour to it, if that makes sense. I’m also hoping for some development in the main character, because so far she is annoying me.
This book doesn’t really deserve to be on this list because I’m just taking a break from reading it and what I have read of it, I have loved. Unfortunately my reading experience overall with this one has suffered because it is a book I’ve borrowed from my aunt, and so there is no deadline attached to it as there is with all my library books. Still, the writing style is fantastic and I love the structure of the story – chapters alternate between a couple of perspectives and it really keeps it interesting. Unless something goes terribly wrong, this will certainly be a four or even five star book for me.
LOST IN THE NEVER WOODS
This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, so I am feeling a bit bitter in having to report that I am not loving it so far. This book is, in my opinion, suffering from something Cemetery Boys also did – it’s taking far too long with the introduction of the story. I wish it would just get to the action already! I’m also not gelling with the writing style – the dialogue in particular has so far felt clumsy. I am still interested in finding out where the story goes, however, and I think I’m finally getting to the beginning of that, so I will keep reading it and maybe my opinion will turn around.
DIAL A FOR AUNTIES
I had heard so many good things about this book before picking it up that I thought for sure it would be a hit with me. Sadly, Part One was a bit too slow for me and again, the writing style is not working perfectly for me. Luckily, I’ve progressed to Part Two and that has definitely picked up the pace a little, and I think I’m understanding the trajectory of the story a bit better. I’ve also found myself smiling at the comedy of it all a few times, so I think I can safely say that I will have enjoyed this book as a whole by the end.
THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN
Of all the books in this list, this is the one that most makes me think that perhaps the main reason I’m not loving any of these books is that this is just a new phase of my reading slump. I have absolutely no idea why I’m not meshing with this story, because by all accounts, I should love it. I think the writing style is great, the plot is moving at a good pace, the characters are interesting and so is the overall concept of a library of unwritten books. I don’t know what’s going wrong here, but I am struggling to get myself to enjoy the experience of reading this book no matter how much I want to!
THE BRIGHTEST NIGHT
Like with The Yield, this book probably shouldn’t be on the list because I am taking a break from it – however, I was definitely not enjoying this one. It was such a letdown to realise that, because I had liked the first two books in the series so much. Honestly, at this point, I kind of want to just accept that I don’t like this book and DNF it, but I feel like I have to finish it – for closure, and because it’s part of one of my challenges for the year. I’ve also learnt that I actually won’t get closure from this book because it is not the last in the series like I originally thought.. *insert deep sigh here* The plot and pacing are the biggest issues in this one, and I just don’t know if I can get past that.
When I started Exhalation, I thought: finally, a book that is going to keep my attention! And it did manage that for the first three short stories in the collection. I really enjoyed the first two, they were both fascinating and adventurous, and the third story was alright as well. The fourth story however… I hated it! I’m actually so angry about it because I really thought this book was going to turn my reading month around. Not only was the fourth story my least favourite (it’s somehow both deeply boring and disturbing), it’s also the longest so far, and not by a few pages but by a lot. I think it may actually be the longest in the whole book. I’ve read another of the stories since, and it was okay, but again not as good as I thought the first two were. I think my experience of the book as a whole has been soured, but I will definitely read this to the end.
WRITTEN IN THE STARS
Fortunately, this book is going well so far! I am really loving the dynamic between the two main characters – their relationship has so much potential and I’m so excited to see where it goes. I love that the main characters have relationships outside the romance that are being explored as well. Plus, the little bits of astrology scattered throughout the story are super entertaining. I also think it must be helping that I’m reading this on audio, so I have the added dimension of an enthusiastic narrator. I’m actually looking forward to continuing with this one!
What do you think?
Have you read any of these books? Are there any you think I should just drop? What are you currently reading, and are you enjoying it? Let me know!