It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr

Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 5.43.21 PMIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly post to share what you recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this week.

It’s hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate.

The past week has been a literary disaster for me; I haven’t been able to finish many books and I have had several books I have had to add to my DNF pile.  I hate having to do that.

Keep reading to see what I tried to read over the past week, what I am reading now, what I plan on reading this week and how I plan on overcoming my current book slump!

What I Read Last Week (June 12-June 19)

Everything was going all fine and dandy for me at the beginning of the week!  

I finished the upcoming Mary Kubica release, Every Last Lie.  I read, and loved, Find Her by Lisa Gardner (my review for that one is HERE), the newest summer beach read by Elin Hilderbrand The Identicals  (review here) and then devoured The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (my review is HERE).

And then, it all hit the fan.  

It started with Midnight at the  Bright Ideas Bookstore.  I couldn’t connect, I felt like it dragged and I liked it significantly less than my cjsreads counterparts (the review for that one is here).

After this, I couldn’t finish a single book.  And if you are a frequent reader of Clues and Reviews, you know this is strange for me!

It took me nearly four days to finish The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter and that one came highly recommended by several of my bookish comrades!

Needless to say, for someone who uses reading as a stress reliever, I was not impressed with the way I was feeling.

Books I Wasn’t Able to Finish

I had to flat-out put down these two books.   A God in the Shed by J.F Dubeau felt like a hundred books I had already read and Half A Reason to Die by Chip Duncan was a short story collection that I couldn’t connect with.

What I Am Currently Reading…Well I Am Trying

I have been trying to get through No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan and Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman all week.  I am actually really liking Rage Against the Dying but this is a library book, so, naturally, I am feeling anxious while I am reading it since I know I have review copies to read.  This is downright silly.  Which I know, but the blogger guilt struggle is real!  I decided to throw in a romance because maybe a genre change is what I need to help push through this slump!

Coming Up Next…

Truthfully, I have no idea. 

I figure I will spend the week posting some of my backlogged posts, my author Q&As and some of my features (I always have a plethora of Meet the Blogger posts and I have almost finished the first section of my series on Balancing Books, Blogging and Life!)

I have so many books I need to read and so many books I want to read, nothing at this point is appealing to me.

So, a call out to everyone, how do you get over your book slumps?  Any advice on what I can do?

20 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr

  1. Oh no fight the slump!! I find reading short books helps me. Maybe a novella or graphic novel, or even just a short novel. Best of luck 🙂

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      1. The only mystery novella I can think of is The Grownup by Gillian Flynn, I have a feeling that is something you may have read

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      2. I wouldn’t say it’s amazing but it’s pretty good and it really helped get me out of a slump. It’s quick and entertaining, I have heard some mixed reviews on it but hey it’s really short worth a shot.

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  2. When I’m in a slump, I either reach for a book by a favorite author, or something in a genre I don’t often read. If the slump persists, I pull a book off of my ‘favorites’ shelf that I haven’t read in a long while and give it a re-read.
    Looking at your slump list, I’m curious, have you read Emily Carpenter’s other book, “Burying the Honeysuckle Girls”? That book is one of the only ones I did not finish this year, and it has rave reviews. Maybe my expectations were too high going in, but I just could NOT get into it, no matter how hard I tried. After struggling with it for a couple of days and not connecting, I finally gave up on it. Her new one, though, sounds intriguing and people are raving about it so I figured I may try it (when I can get it from the library or something).

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    1. I haven’t read it yet! It is in my TBR pile, but her new one made its way to me first! I have a few books by my fav authors I have been hoarding so I think it’s time to crack those open.


  3. This happens to me, too. Especially after a really, really great book. Maybe a binge Netflix is in order? Or, revisit ( this works for me ), an old favorite 📚!! Best wishes!!

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  4. As far as reading slumps and blogger guilt, I remember that I don’t get paid for this, it’s a hobby and when it isn’t fun, I don’t do it. If you look at my blog you’ll note that I’ve been a book blogger for almost 10 years and that in the last couple I’ve really slowed down. I’ve quit reviewing everything I read because the reviews were getting to be work. I quit doing memes like this because they were too much work–both to put the posts together and to read and comment on other posts. Today, I’m back in the groove. Will it last? Who knows, but since I don’t get paid…

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