Top Ten Tuesday: Less Fresh Reads

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November 6: Backlist Books I Want to Read

Thanks to Goodreads I know exactly how many older release books I have yet to read.  For this week’s list, I’m going to put a caveat on the topic and the books must be at least 10 years old.  I’m not going to simply pick the oldest titles on my shelf but share titles that I’m in the mood to read right now.

Ten older books that I’m interested in reading.

  1. When I Grow Rich: A Nuri Bey Mystery 1962 : This book is being rereleased and I have a review copy that I will have hopefully read before this posts… That being said it is an interesting looking mystery set in Istanbul.
  2. Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1) 2006 :  I have the first couple of books in this series and its spin-off.  I keep meaning to start them but haven’t worked very hard to make time for them.  I believe this is an urban fantasy vampire series.
  3. Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1) 2005 : This shifter series looked interesting so I picked up the book used a while back and again never made time for it.  Probably will start the Chance series before this one.
  4. Agent to the Stars 2005 : I picked this book up recently when I went to a John Scalzi signing.  I had been meaning to inter-library loan it but the opportunity came up for me to own a signed copy so I took it!  I’m saving this one for when I’m in need of something that will probably make me laugh.
  5. Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) 1976 : I wasn’t going to read this series.  I wasn’t.  Then my library weeded the entire series and it was offered to me.  As you can guess it is now sitting on my to-read bookcase waiting for me to give it a try.  I think I am only missing one book from the series so if I like it there will be no waiting!
  6. The Prophet Murders 2002 : This book we picked up in the same independent bookstore where I bought number four on the list.  My husband was interested in it because it was a Turkish author.  He liked it and I have had it sitting on my shelf waiting for me to take a turn in reading it.
  7. Spock Must Die! (Star Trek Adventures, #1) 1970 : I have tons of Star Trek books.  Tons.  I simply can’t pass them up when I find them while thrifting.  I have even been known to buy duplicates that are in better condition than the one I own.  That being said I don’t think I will ever get around to reading all of them.  Partially because I don’t know where to start but also I know I’m not going to like many of them.  I have thought of going through and selecting books about the characters I liked most and reading those first.  Spock is definitely on the top of that list!
  8. Imzadi (Star Trek the Next Generation) 1992 :  Even before I started collecting Star Trek books I had known about this book.  I do believe it is considered one of the best Star Trek books out there.  I have a copy of it and maybe I will get around to reading it soon.  Maybe not.
  9. Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story, #1) 1995 : I recently picked up the second copy in this series but am not sure if I own the first even.  Since they are a series, though, I will probably start with this one.
  10. Bloodfever (Fever, #2) 2007 : I read the first book in this series a long time ago and actually like it.  I keep meaning to read more but never make time for them.  Maybe if I keep adding it to the Top Ten Tuesdays lists I will actually get around to reading it…

What backlist books are you interested in reading?  Leave a link to your list in the comments and maybe we all can find some forgotten gems!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Happy Halloween

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October 30: Halloween/Creepy Freebie

I’m not a huge fan of scary or creepy stories.  I’m also not a huge fan of Halloween beyond the fun of coming up with a great costume.  I think I’ve done this before but I’m going to go with finding characters to dress up for as Halloween.  To further put a twist on the list I’m going to select couple characters to dress up as.

Ten couple characters to dress up as for Halloween.

  1. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Diana and Matthew:  For this costume, I would pick a scholarly look for Diane or perhaps one of her rowing getups.  Matthew something tailored and a bit formal looking, powerful.
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Ron and Hermione: This could be fun all you would need is wizarding robes, wands (Ron’s broken), some books, and perhaps a rat.  You could have Hermione spend the evening outshining Ron and instructing him on how to do magic.
  3. Twilight (Twilight, #1) Bella and Edward: For this costume, I would go with jeans, t-shirt and perhaps a rain jacket for Bella.  Edward could wear anything highly fashionable and use foundation several shades lighter than his skin tone.  I would also mix in some glitter for the sparkle that Meyer’s vampires were known for.  I would also have Edward give a pained expression all night from having to deny himself Bella’s intoxicating blood.
  4. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) Sookie and Bill: For Sookie I would go with her waitress outfit and Bill could wear something a bit old-fashion and plain.  What would really sell this costume would be to have Bill walk around all night saying Sookie in a southern accent all night.
  5. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley and Reyes: Charley would be easy in that all she would need is a t-shirt with one of the fun sayings from the beginning of the chapters in the book.  Reyes would be fun if you could find a way to simulate his incorporeal self and go around with a hidden dry ice container to simulate the mist rolling off him.
  6. The Princess Bride Buttercup and Westly: For Buttercup a peasant outfit and Wesley a black pirate costume or he could wear a farm boy outfit and spend the night saying ‘As you wish’.
  7. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) Mercy and Adam: This couple costume would work for a single woman as well if you owned a dog or you could use a stuffed animal for Adam.  Then Mercy could wear overalls from work or jeans and a t-shirt.
  8. The Time Traveler's Wife Clare and Henry: Another great couple costume that would work for a single or someone whose husband doesn’t want to go to the costume party with his wife…  Anyway,  Clare could dress normally but carry around a set of men’s clothing as Henry had just shifted in time.
  9. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) Christian and Anastasia: This could be fun for a couple that has low inhibitions.  For Christian, I would have him in a power suit with a red power tie.  Ana, I would have dressed like she was in college and there to interview Christian.  Looking kind of mousey and holding a notepad.
  10. Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1) Parzival and Art3mis:  For these two you could dress up like their online selves or pick the offline version and wear some sort of virtual reality headgear like they were experiencing the Oasis.

What couple characters do you think would make good Halloween costumes?

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Heroes.

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October 23: Villains (favorite, best, worst, lovable, creepiest, most evil, etc.)

I have several authors that like to take a character that they have built up to be someone the reader truly despises and then turn them into the hero in their own story.  So this week I’m going to put a slight twist and select bad guys turned good for my list.

Ten bad guys that were totally redeemed.

  1. Born of Legend (The League, #9) Julian/Dagger: Ms. Kenyon is the queen of redeeming bad guys and giving them their own hero story.  Julian was quite the evil guy for much of The League series and then in this book, we get to see everything from his perspective and learn how very wrong we were about him.
  2. Seize the Night (Dark-Hunter, #6) Valerius: Was an early redemption in The Dark Hunter’s series.  He was pretty awful in book two but by the time we get to his story, we learn that things aren’t always what they appear to be.
  3. Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22) Styxx: This is perhaps the biggest turn around Ms. Kenyon undertook.  You couldn’t get lower than Styxx in this series but then bam his book comes out and I ended up loving him more than any of the other characters even Acheron.  I know!  Even Ash.
  4. The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15) Xcor: Has been the bad guy for about four or five books in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series then we get his book and learn all about his past and end up forgiving him for all his transgressions.
  5. The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13) Trent: Trent wasn’t an overnight redemption.  Harrison started turning things around for him a few books before the end where he rides off into the sunset with Rachel.
  6. Black Magic Sanction (The Hollows, #8) Al:  Al doesn’t really get a redemption storyline much of the time he is portrayed as a reluctant hero.  He does come into the story as a pretty bad character but by the end of the series, he became quite a different demon.
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Snape: Snape is considered a bad guy for much of this series and does some pretty awful things in the last or next to last book but in the end, we learn that much of his actions were not what they seemed.
  8. Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) Eric: Up until this book Eric plays the creepy bad boy roll and seems to cherish his reputation.  Then in the book we see another side of him, sure he lost his memory, but I ended up falling for him.  I truly hate how Harris ended up destroying his and Sookie’s relationship in the last three books.  Never going to get over it.  Ever.
  9. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) Tyrion Lannister: Tyrion is a complicated yet calculating character in this series but as the books progressed I truly started to change my mind about him.  If I decide to continue this series it will be to find out what happens with him.  Somehow I don’t think it will ever be finished though.
  10. Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Mallory Carmichael: Mallory starts off as Merit’s best friend but a few books in she takes a turn toward the dark side.  Things are rocky for her for quite a few books but by the end of the series, she is totally redeemed.

What redeemed bad guys do you love?

Top Ten Tuesday: Cool Libraries

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October 16: Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

Being a librarian I’m going to make this list about libraries.  Not really sure if I have a library visit bucket list so I’m going to head over to Google and simply put in cool libraries and see what the Guru brings me.

Ten libraries I would love to visit.

  1. Related image State of Iowa Law Library:  Why not start fairly close to home.  This is a beautiful library in Des Moines that I could easily stop at if I took the time.  Maybe this October when we are in tow to see Fall Out Boy. Update:  This is one library I am able to check off my list.  We did stop and check out this library on October 5th, after I had written up this post.  It is a beautiful library and if anyone is in Des Moines I highly recommend checking it out.  Free to visit and you can even go up one of the spiral staircases.  It is much smaller than the pictures lead you to believe.  
  2. Image result for winter garden harold washington library Harold Washington Library Chicago:  This is a library that I’ve actually been to.  The picture is of the Winter Garden on the top floor but the building itself is beautiful and a great place to visit while in town.
  3. Image result for ataturk library Ataturk Library Istanbul:  Now I have been to a library in Turkey but I can’t believe I never visited this library in Istanbul.  I have even visited the area of the city it is in.  Regularly!  If I ever get back to Turkey I am going to make an effort to visit more libraries.
  4. Image result for ataturk library Library of Celsus, Ephesus Turkey:  One more cool library I’ve actually been to. This, of course, is not currently a working library but is, in fact, the ruins of the third largest library of the ancient world.  It is a beautiful spot to visit and I hope to go back again someday.
  5. Image result for Trinity College Library Dublin, Ireland Trinity College Library Dublin, Ireland:  I recently learned that I am 12%(update on this too, reanalysis shows I’m only 4 % Irish), Irish so it might be fun to visit this library if I ever get to take a trip to Ireland.
  6. Image result for Bodleian Library Oxford U.K. Bodleian Library Oxford U.K.:  This library makes my list because it is where Diana met Matthew in Discovery of Witches.  I also happen to be 15% English (Update on this as well, I am actually 60% English and NW European) so when I visit Ireland I would like to visit the United Kingdon as well.
  7. Image result for  Joe and Rika Mansueto Library University of Chicago Joe and Rika Mansueto Library University of Chicago:  Again another library I can’t believe I haven’t visited!  I even visited the University of Chicago this summer.  Dammit.  Oh, Well at least I know what buses will take me back for a visit!
  8.  Library of Congress Washington DC:  Being the political buff that I am I would love to visit the Library of Congress.  I might wait until the current administration leaves off though…
  9.  Library at Pontifical Lateran University Rome Italy: This is on the list because I really want to visit Italy sometime in my life and have 0% interest in visiting the Vatican.
  10.  Image result for newberry library chicago Newberry Library Chicago:  I keep meaning to visit this library in Chicago when I’m in town.  Mainly because it was featured in The Time Traveler’s Wife.

What Libraries do you love?  Share in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Length Matters

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October 9: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

This should be an easy list to work up!  All I need to do is head over to Goodreads and sort my read shelf by length.  I have a feeling the longest titles will be in the Game of Thrones series…  After sorting my books I end up with only two authors for this list.  Lets put a twist on this list.  Only one book per author that way we can have a bit of variety.

Ten longest books I’ve read.

  1.  A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) 1177 Pages: This is the longest book I’ve read thus far.  It is the third book in The Song of Fire and Ice series.  All of these titles on the top of my list for longest books.  If you read all the books released so far you will have read 4,995 pages.  And I have.
  2. The Stand 1153 Pages: Mr. King was the other author at the top of my list of longest books read.  Many of his are bricks but this is the longest one I’ve read by him.  It is considered one of his finest books written and I would have to agree.  If you like epic dystopian fiction then don’t let the page count scare you off and give this one a try.
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) 870 Pages:  I was pleased to see one of the Harry Potter books on the list.  I had forgotten how some of the later books were quite long.
  4. Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22) 836 Pages: This is the longest book by my favorite author that I’ve read it also happens to be my absolute favorite!
  5. The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3) 819 Pages: Another surprise on the list.  This is the last in its trilogy and while classified as adult fiction in my library I think it should be in YA.
  6. The Goldfinch 771 Pages: I almost hesitate to put this one on the list because I listened to this book rather than read it…
  7. The Passage (The Passage, #1) 766 Pages: This is probably the best book in the trilogy and happens to be the first.  I will always think this is simply a lovely cover.
  8. Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4) 756 Pages: I was surprised to see this one on the list.  I didn’t realize that Breaking Dawn was that long.  It has been ages since I actually read this series.  I tried to listen to the first book in audio and had to DNF.  While I will always have fond memories I don’t think I will revisit this world.
  9. Angels & Demons  (Robert Langdon, #1) 736 Pages:  This is the book before the more wildly known Da Vinci Code in the same series.  It was pretty good but Dan Brown books tend to be reliable and predictable.
  10. American Gods (American Gods, #1) 635 Pages: Not sure why I picked this one up but I enjoyed it.  Haven’t read anything by him since but I’m a big fan of the tv and movies based on his work.

What is the longest book you have ever read?  Leave it in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: List of Shame

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September 25: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

I think the challenge of this week’s list is going to be limiting it to just ten titles… I’m going go down my most read author’s list and select some releases from their lists that I have not read yet but really should have.

Ten books by some of my favorite authors that I haven’t read yet.

  1. Dragon Storm (Dragon Falls, #2) I was gifted the first two books in this series. I read the first one and then struggled through a third of the second book before DNFing.  I already own this and the next book so I hope that my mood shifts and am able to give this trilogy another shot.
  2. Dragon Soul (Dragon Falls, #3) The last book in the trilogy that I bought without trying the first books… I am determined to finish this someday.
  3. The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #16)  Another book that I own yet haven’t read yet.  This one isn’t as shameful as it came out this year.  I might hold off on reading this title until the next book is released and read them back to back.
  4. Born of Vengeance (The League, #10) This is a tough one.  I love Ms. Kenyon but her latest books haven’t worked as well for me in this series.  I wanted to read it but didn’t want to be disappointed.  This series doesn’t work well for me to read back to back because she has a tendency lately to repeat so much that it is almost like reading the same story twice.  I kind of wanted to wait long enough so I forgot what happened in the last book…
  5. Dragonsworn (Dark-Hunter, #28) Again a case of not wanting to be disappointed.  I might even have a book to read before this one.  I’m just not sure when I will feel like returning to this series.
  6. Stygian (Dark-Hunter, #29) All of that being said I still picked up the latest release by Ms. Kenyon.  I really need to stop doing that… Now I feel even more pressure to read the others I’m avoiding.
  7. Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega, #5) I was turned down for this ARC that’s ok.  I bought it anyway and proceeded to not read it.
  8. The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire (Half-Moon Hollow, #3)   I was so sure I was done with this series.  I love her paranormal books so much that I kind of want to try again.  Maybe I will have to inter-library loan these books.
  9. The Single Undead Moms Club (Half-Moon Hollow, #4) What I said for number eight applies to this one.
  10. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) This is a case of I waited so long for the next of series that I simply gave up.  Now all the books are out and I’ve forgotten so much that I really need to go back and read the first three books again.  Maybe I can listen to them in audiobook format.  The problem is that they are so popular still it is difficult to get your hands on them through the library.  Maybe I will make the effort this winter.

Another week another list!  What books have you not been reading by your favorite authors? Share in the comments or link to your own list!

Top Ten Tuesday: Often Overlooked

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September 11: Hidden Gems

I was going to put a twist on this week’s list but I’ve been battling brain fog most of the day so I’m simply going to go through my Goodreads list and see what books I enjoyed that I feel might not have been as widely known as others.  Mainly going to select lesser-known authors this week.

Ten books that I consider hidden gems.

  1. Dead Trees Give No Shelter  Wil Wheaton has written a self-published book that I discovered through his blog posts.  I decided to buy a copy, only available through his website and found it quite good.  I hear he is working on another book and I’m excited to see what it is all about.
  2. Tomorrow's Kin (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, #1) Nancy Kress is an author that I feel is not as well-known.  I have really enjoyed about 75% of what I’ve read by her.  This is one of the winners.
  3. After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall If you are interested in trying this author but don’t want a full-length book this is an interesting short story/novella that she also wrote.
  4. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1) Robin Sloan was an author I found through my library’s overdrive system.  It was quite interesting in a plot-twisty sort of way.  Science fiction/Fantasy.
  5. Dying Bites (The Bloodhound Files, #1) D.D. Barant again was discovered through my library’s overdrive account.  Enjoyed this one so much I bought all the books used on eBay.  The series fizzled out midway but I haven’t given up on them completely and will try again someday.
  6. The Traveler (Fourth Realm, #1) John Twelve Hawks is a great pick for those looking for a political/conspiracy theory read that is anti-government.
  7. The Fold Peter Clines wrote this super interesting science fiction/fantasy novel that kept me turning the page.
  8. Angel Kin (Angel Assassins, #2) Tricia Skinner seems to have let this series die which makes me so sad as it was awesome!  If you like stories about bad-ass angels then give this one a try.
  9. Archetype M.D. Waters is another author that wrote two great books, a duology that I wished she had expanded to other books.  Kind of a science fiction/fantasy/dystopian read.
  10. The Gargoyle The last book is a one hit wonder.  It took the author ten years to write it I read so that might be why he never wrote another.  This book, however, is fantastic!  A beautiful story of love that is both dark and intricate.

Blog/Reading Update:  I had my eye appt. yesterday and I’m happy to report that my eyes are healthy!  My two very expensive glasses are on order and in about 10 days I should be able to read again.  My second pair is prescription reading glasses because I’m one of those people who can’t simply go buy a pair off the shelf and my husband loves his.  To those that enjoy my posts and reviews, I hope to return to posting content soon.

Top Ten Tuesday: Binge Worthy YouTube

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September 4: Bingeworthy TV Shows/Movies

I don’t have a ton of shows that I regularly watch but I am known to sit binge watch YouTube shows by my favorite creators.  So I’m going to tweak this week’s list and share with you my favorite YouTube Channels.

Ten YouTube Channels that regularly keep me from reading…

  1. The Young Turks: This is perhaps the station I watch most often for their news content.  They report facts but then the commentary leans progressive.  When it comes to election predictions I find them to be quite accurate.
  2. Casey Neistat: This is one of the first content creators that sucked me into YouTube.  Before discovering his channel I was a pretty infrequent viewer mainly going to the site to look up music videos or movie trailers.
  3. Simone Giertz: This channel is a hoot! She is known as the Queen of Shitty Robots and spends much of her time coming up with crazy inventions.
  4. Ask A Mortician: I love this channel and the death positive message it delivers.  Lots of interesting videos about death and the death industry.
  5. ThreadBanger: I started following their DIY posts where they would try to recreate stuff they found on Pinterest but they have evolved to include lots of other content.
  6. Simply Nailogical: Like many of the people who follow Cristine I found the channel after Polish Mountain and decided to stick around for the humor.  I’m not really into painting my nails but still find this channel enjoyable.
  7. Safiya Nygaard: I believe I found this channel from crossover videos with the previous two.  I enjoy her fun take on clothing challenges
  8. The Try Guys: I enjoyed the Try Guys when they were on Buzzfeed so it was great to see they started their own channel.
  9. Mr. Kate: If you like decorating or renovation shows then you might want to check out this bubbly pink-haired creative weirdo!
  10. Peter Brown: I’m not sure how I found this channel but so enjoy the new videos Mr. Brown puts out.  He is a funny seriously talented wood turner.

These are some of my favorite channels on YouTube I hope you check them out and subscribe yourself if you find their content entertaining.  What channels do you subscribe to?  Share in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: How-to know how!

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August 28: Back to School/Learning Freebie

I’m not really into reading books about back to school or stories set in school settings.  I’ve been way over YA for a few years now so each year when this topic pops up on the TTT list I’m a little lost as to what books to select.  But this year I found a twist that might work.  I’m going to go with the Learning Freebie option and select some books that have helped me learn either a skill or about something and share them with you.

Ten books that helped me learn.

  1. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Going to start with my current read or rather listen and share The Devil in the White City.  I’m actually surprised at how much I’m enjoying this book as it is quite out of character for me.  If you are interested in learning about the 1893 World Fair then this is the book for you.
  2. Last Train to Istanbul The Last Train to Istanbul is technically a work of fiction but there are a lot of accurate events from WII blended into the story.  If you are interested in learning how the Turks saved around 2000 Jews from Hitler I highly suggest this book.
  3. Knitter's handbook Confession time.  I’m not sure if I’ve actually read this book or not.  I learned how to knit from a website and Youtube.  BUT this book does look familiar and I thought it would be a good choice to recommend for those of you who might be looking to take up knitting.
  4. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Isn’t this cover lovely?  I listened to this audiobook and the author did a great job of not making me feel too dumb.  If like me, you enjoy science fiction and The Big Bang Theory and want to dip your toe into science fact then this is a great book to try.
  5. The Evolving Soul: Spiritual Healing Through Past Life Exploration This title might be a bit far out there for some of you.  If you have an open mind and into exploring another idea of what happens after we die and want to learn about reincarnation then I suggest this book for you to try.
  6. Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel Just going to quote the synopsis for you here:”Animal Wise takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals and among the pioneering researchers who are leading the way into once-forbidden territory: the animal mind.”  A great book for animal lovers.
  7. Backyard Chickens: Beyond the Basics I love raising chickens and if you are interested in starting your own flock then this is a great book for you to read.
  8. Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance I picked up this book when we moved to the country 14 years ago.  TONs of great and useful information in these pages.  From gardening, livestock, fences, wood burning, and even basic home maintenance.  A must for any newbie to rural living.
  9. Good Companions: The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting. by Josie Jeffrey This is a great book for gardeners looking to expand their skills.
  10. Ball Blue Book of Preserving This book will teach you how to preserve all those fruit and veggies that you grow!

Weew. That was easier than I thought it would be.  I hope you find some helpful titles above I know I’ve found them useful over the years.  Feel free to leave links to your list in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Slump

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August 21: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

This week’s list might be difficult, or at least I’m having trouble figuring out how I want to approach it.  Books that pull me out of a reading slump might or probably won’t pull you out of one because the chances are we have different reading tastes.  I’m going to pursue my read list and see what I can come up with.  Generally, my advice for a reading slump is this; Reread something you loved in the past, try something completely different from what you tend to read,  read a non-fiction title, or take a break from reading altogether and do something else.  Those are best tips I have for getting over a reading slump.

Ten books that might help with a reading slump…

  1. Genesis Sometimes you simply need something short to get you back in the reading mood or life gets too busy.  This is a dystopian book under 200 pages that you could easily read in an afternoon.
  2. Mr G: A Novel About The Creation Another quick read right around 200 pages that will keep your interest if you don’t mind questioning who God is and what it might have been like for him to create the universe.
  3. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) Sticking to the universe why not follow a rag-tag crew of misfits as they build, essentially, a space highway to a small angry planet.  This is a great pick for sci-fi fans.
  4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)  Sometimes you just need dry British humor and a outragous plot.  This book fits the bill, again, for sci-fi fans looking to get their reading groove back on.
  5. Redshirts Another pick for those sci-fi fans.  This book is also a great pick for all you Trekkies out there.  Kind of a plot within a plot here that is told in three parts.  I’m not sure how else to sell it to you except for it was a lot of fun.
  6. A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) Not into sci-fi and looking for a great beach read that isn’t to heavy.  If you are a paranormal fan like me I suggest the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands.  They are a hoot.
  7. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires (Half-Moon Hollow, #1) Another great paranormal beach read.  This one checks off the funny, sexy, and great friendships boxes for sure.
  8. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Looking for a little less fluff and a bit more action than I would give this one a try.
  9. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) The next two books are rereads that I recently read that helped me break an audiobook slump I was having.
  10. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) This book is an excellent choice to break a reading slump.  It covers all the emotions and will leave you clamoring for more!

Alright,  sorry if the list feels a little disjointed I was distracted/called away a couple of times while working on the post.  What books have helped you get over a reading slump?  Leave them in the comments.

 

Update:  I have a giveaway for a signed copy of Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill that started yesterday.  All you need to do to enter is go and comment on yesterday’s post   I’m asking you to share your favorite Chicago Food.  Comments open until Monday the 27th, selecting a winner on Tuesday the 28th.  Good Luck!