I’ve been telling people lately that I haven’t finished a single book for the entire month of November. Their immediate response? “Wow, you really must be stressed!” It’s kind of interesting to have so many people automatically know that it is a strange occurrence when I have no desire to read.
But it’s not like I haven’t had a book beside my bed.
First, it was The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. This was a book that I was so excited to have unearthed at 2013 Book Expo America (BEA). The advanced reading copy (ARC) didn’t have the cover image showing; instead it was a white cover with a catchphrase. I had already been wanting to get a copy of The Bone Season, but the catchphrase caught me (of course it would) and I picked it up without knowing right away what book it was. I felt like I would immediately love it. With the buzz around it, and then with the maps and diagrams in the beginning, it felt like it had all the makings of a book I would love.
I’m sure it’s a great book. I’m know a few people who have enjoyed it, more people who have warned that it’s not light reading. For me, it was like trying to slog through a textbook without having gone to orientation.
I know I’m being harsh, but let me put things in perspective.
At the time I was trying to read this, I really did not have the attention span or the time to deal with a book that requires real work. This is not a book that I could just pick up and know right away what was going on. I felt like I needed a tutorial at first. Typically, Wikipedia helps me out with books like these, but that wasn’t the case this time around. It was just too much, so while I would normally say that I “did not finish”, I am saying “not now.” I tried, and I will try again. Just under different circumstances perhaps.
Then there was Silhouette of a Sparrow by Mary Beth Griffin, my book club’s November pick. Because I wasn’t doing too well on the reading front, I procrastinated in getting a copy of this book until like a week before our meeting. And despite it being a middle grade story, I just didn’t get very far. Perhaps like 20% before we had our meeting. While it sounds like a lovely book, now that I know how it all ends, I can’t be bothered to properly finish it off. I would definitely recommend it for a book club though; it generated some great discussion!
Next came A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison. I won the audiobook from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers. I guessed I missed the part of the synopsis where it explains that this book is a more modern retelling of Hamlet from Ophelia’s perspective. I haven’t found my stride with the story yet, the beginning feeling so depressing to me. I find that most of the time I opt for the radio instead of the audiobook, but I blame myself, not the book.
The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston I figured would be a good pick for me to overcome this ‘reader’s block’ of mine. The cover is glow in the dark. It’s a middle grade/children’s book with illustrations. Surely, this will reignite my passion for reading and books. So far, my biggest obstacles is my rediscovered addiction to the tv and a lack of sleep/time. But I remain hopeful that soon, you will see a real review of this book. That this will be the book that I have actually finished.