I made it halfway through The Spiritualist by Megan Chance before having to put it aside because I got disinterested. I like the book, but I just can't seem to pay attention to anything at the moment. And, of course it is one of the Inter-library loan books I had out, so I can't renew it. Since I am supposed to read it this year, I have two choices: Decide I like it enough so far to buy a copy or Heather gave me two more alternate choices.
I also feel bad about the books that lead to the slump in the first place:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
I have to admit that I think the Bradbury might be partly my mood after the two disappointing reads before it. I think I might have liked it better if the timing was different.
So, what is my solution? I bought four books yesterday:
Bluestockings by Jane Robinson
Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olsen
Singled Out by Virginia Nicholson
Terribly Twisted Tales by Martin Greenberg
The first three are non-fiction books I have really wanted to read for a while. I didn't read enough non-fiction last year, so would like to remedy that this year. The last is total whim. I saw it mentioned, not even a review of it, looked it up and the library didn't have it, so I said 'what the heck...' It's not like there are not many, many books that the library doesn't have that I want to read, but for the moment I went with this one. I am hoping some new books in the mix from somewhere other than the library might spark something.
How do you feel about reading slumps? What are some of your solutions for overcoming them? And, not like I need anymore suggestions, but what has been your favourite read so far this year?