Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Slump

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

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!


Monday Morning Check-In: Stress…



Good Monday morning everyone.  I hope you all had a good weekend and was able to check out the eclipse last night.  Our sky was clear so we were able to see it disappear and reemerge a while later. Pretty cool.  Well the theme on my Monday posts lately has been this reading funk I’m in.  I think I’ve figured it out.  My problem is stress, I started noticing other areas of my life were affected as well and figured the loss of interests in reading was probably just another symptom too.   So I am just going to chill and do what I feel like until I feel better.  Hopefully I will still manage to finish a book a week, but if not I will still be posting these Monday check-ins and participating in Top Ten Tuesday.

This week is banned book week and a lot of blogs are posting and holding special events on the topic.  Not being one to plan that far ahead on the blog my contribution to the awareness is going to be reading a banned book. I picked The Diary of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain.  It came up on a Goodreads search of banned books and it seemed like something someone most likely protested at some time.  It is a short read that I ILL borrowed through my library.  The bonus is it will allow me to check off several items on my challenges that I have been neglecting for the past couple months.

On the reading front I am actually enjoying a review book that I was offered through Net Galley.  I have about half of it to finish up today and hopefully will be able to get that review posted for you.  I plan to start and zip through part three of The Returned and get that review posted too.  Next will be the banned book and then I plan to start The 5th Wave.

So what are you reading this week?

Monday Morning Check-In: Reading Slump Continues…



Welcome to the second Monday Morning Check-In. I hope you all had a great weekend and had a better time reading than I did.  My reading slump continues.  I’m not sure what the hell is causing it, but I’m thinking it is a wider melancholy that has taken hold.  Basically I’m in a funk and don’t feel like doing anything…  Which is not great because I have a ton of things that need to get done! The weather has not been much help, when it isn’t cold its raining, when it isn’t cold or rainy I’m at work.  It will all pass, but right now all I want to do is sleep.

I broke my book buying ban recently, and I’m not talking about the little 50 cent books I pick up at garage and library sales.  I bought two books through B&N to reward myself for planting the garden all by myself.   All 2000 square feet of it! Had to put up a fence thanks to the broccoli eating rabbits and tomato stealing peacocks.  So what did I buy when I decided to be bad?  I picked up the new release by Darynda Jones, Eighth Grave After Dark and The Shadows by J.R. Ward.   When I posted about it on FB  Ms. Jones even commented on my post which made my day.  It is so cool when authors interact with their fans,  I know how very busy they are and to have them leave a quick note like she did is so appreciated.  Now to shamelessly brag about it even more here is my post.

Shameless bragging


So very cool!

Well I better be going I have a ton of work yet to do for our yard sale and limited days in which to get it done in.  Happy reading everyone.

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Interruptus

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme Top Ten Tuesday.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

May 19:  Top Ten Tuesday Freebie — YOUR CHOICE OF TOPIC.

I only have a few minutes to type up a post so instead of searching my to-read or read shelf over at Goodreads I thought I would share a different type of list this week that I can hopefully get publishes in a few minutes cause my chore list is awfully long today…

Ten things that are robbing me of reading time!

  1. Yard work:  This is the main one today.  Thanks to a wild parsnip infestation my mowing area has doubled this year!  The whole thing takes me now 4-5 hours once a week to mow costing me about 250 pages.
  2. Gardening:  I know this could fall under yard work, but the veggie garden which has the same footprint as our house has become my sole responsibility this year, yet I still can’t plant the tomatoes where I want to…  This beast takes up a lot of time each year with planting, weeding, and then processing the produce.  Love the hobby, but it is one of the reasons I have taken up audio books this spring.  Then there is the flower gardens, but beyond a few new plants to add they are more self-sufficient.
  3. Animal care:  I love my critters, but this time of year means the sheep (and llamas this year) have to be sheared, the peacocks have been hormonal nightmares, and I have a barn that hasn’t had a thorough cleaning in forever!
  4. Summer Reading Program:  Alright this is more of a work thing, but it still takes up time in my off hours too.  Granted the program I run is pretty simple, but it still consumes quite a bit of my attention starting in May.
  5. Yard Sale:  This year the spousal unit and I have decided to hold a yard sale to get rid of a ton of crap we don’t need or want anymore.  This lead to a cleaning of the house and then the marking of items, and soon two days of my time while I run the blasted thing.  Never again!  In the future everything is getting loaded up and taken to Goodwill.
  6. TV and Movies:  This is a pretty lame excuse, but the season finales and our new Netflix streaming account have been eating up time as I am finding myself watching more programs.  This happens quite a bit now that the husband is home while I am awake, he likes to listen to music or whatever on YouTube and I need quite to concentrate.  It seems more and more rather than fight it by putting in ear plugs I am just tuning into my own program to watch in the living room.  L.A.M.E.  I need to turn it off and just bleeping read!
  7. The Sims Freeplay:  This is another lame excuse not to read.  When I got my new Samsung Nook I downloaded this free game and now I have to check in and tell little imaginary people what to do several times a day.  I need to just step away cause this is a major time suck!  But then I think of them all not having their needs fulfilled and I log back on and make sure they are ok.  I have reached to point where my little Sims are aging now and I am thinking of as they die off not replacing them.  Eventually I will be able to break away from this black hole of lost time.
  8. Bicycle:  I actually wish this one was higher up on the list.  Riding my bike is the only exercise I enjoy and with the cold and wind I haven’t been able to ride as much as I like this spring.  I’m hoping for some warmer days soon where I can get in some more rides.  I’ve been so lazy lately.
  9. Facebook: This is a time waster that will probably never go away.  I spend so much time over there, running several pages and sharing clever little antidotes about the critter’s lives and reading.  Of course besides the blog it is my main source of social interaction and networking, so lets call it a necessary evil that I won’t be weaning myself from anytime soon.
  10. Myself:  I seem to be going through a reading slump lately.  I think I am getting burnt out on some of the genres I enjoy reading.  I just haven’t seemed to be excited for a series or stand-alone read in a long time.  I miss that thrill of getting lost in a new world to explore.  I want to find something fresh and new so that I can’t wait to pick up that book see what happens next.  I want to find a series or author that makes me say to hell with all the chores I NEED to read NOW!

Well there is my list of things that are keeping me from reading right now.  How about you?  What is keeping your nose out of a book?