a readers worst nightmare.
not being able to pick up a book and read because you just can’t, you just can’t read.
person 1: “what’s the matter with you?”
reader: ” I CAN’T READ , NO BOOK IS GOOD ENOUGH, LEAVE ME ALONE, READING SLUMP
person 1: uhm….. okay.
Source: Urban Dictionary: reading slump
According to Goodreads, I am “currently reading” 6 books, and that doesn’t include the one I am actually listening to and the one I picked up last night, in the hopes to get out of this slump. Uff. I’m a one-at-a-time girl, so having 8 books in the air is not like me. On Goodreads you can create folders and a while ago I created a “did not finish – taking too long” (DNF in the book blog world). I’ll have to do some updating, I guess, but really these are all books that I do want to finish. So I’ll leave them in my Currently Reading folder and hope to get in the mood to read them soon!
So I’ve implemented a few action steps to hopefully jumpstart my reading again.
- I picked up Maeve Binchy. A book of a collection of her short stories was published after her death. They are previously published stories, in magazines, other compilations, etc., and now they’re all together in a book called “A Few of the Girls.” Reading Maeve is like talking to an old friend. I think she’ll keep me reading a bit.
- I started listening to “The Girl on the Train.” I’ve heard good things about it and am finding it compelling to listen to. It’s a little hard to follow the audio, as I remember things differently when I listen vs read with my eyes, but I think I’ve gotten past the confusing part and am excited to listen to more.
- I went to Books on Tap at Forager Brewery last night. It’s been on my calendar since it began but last night was the first night the stars aligned so I could go. The group is informal and flexible and different every meeting, I think. All you need to do is talk about what you’re reading right now, books you love, books you hate, anything related to books. The moderator from the library kept a running list of every book that was mentioned and will email it out to all. I can talk about books, even if I’m not reading anything currently, and I got some sympathy from the avid readers for the feeling of being in a slump. I didn’t want to go alone, so Jenny was going to meet me there, but she was late and it was ok. I could go alone next time if I had to. Of course, the best part was rehashing books and life and having a little supper afterwards with Jenny, but I could go alone if I had to. Book people are book people!
- And yesterday I signed up to do a book blog about a book by Patricia Sands. I read and reviewed “The Promise of Provence” a few years ago and another of her books is being released on May 17 (“I Promise you This”). It’s the 3rd in a trilogy, so I guess I better read the second one quick! See! There’s incentive and desire to read!
Have you ever had a reading slump? What did you do about it?
Time… keeps marching, doesn’t it?
Here’s a list of things that have made me happy since Christmas –
- Christmas with the family on the Ponderosa. A snowfall, a bonfire, good food and laughs with family. Bliss.
- “Phantom of the Opera” at the Orpheum with Marissa and my mom (and Mo’s friend, Tricia). The music didn’t disappoint, the set was beautiful, and the chandelier dropping made me jump! Good stuff…
- Lots of Laughs (LOL) with Land O’ Lakes (LOL) at their Christmas party at Goonie’s Comedy Club!
- New Year’s Day movie watching with Jenny and Chris – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty at the Wehrenberg (loved it!), and take-out Chinese and Don Jon via my new AppleTV (also making me happy – thanks Chris!).
- The day-after-New-Year’s-Day movie watching with Marie – Saving Mr. Banks – a tear-jerker, for sure!
- A “Grand Getaway” to Minneapolis (and St. Paul) – the Minnesota History Center for Speakeasy Saturday, a double-date with Deadra and John to see Lorna Landvik at her Party in the Rec Room at the Bryant Lake Bowl, followed by a retro-bar crawl to Nye’s and Honey and brunch at Ike’s. Good stuff. I’m a lucky gal. 🙂
- Celebrating Chris Riggle’s birthday with her today! Pizza and brownies… nothing fancy but it was sure delicious! It was fun to catch up!
- I made my Goodreads goal for 2013 – 32 books read. I set my goal for this year at 36 and am optimistic that I can make it. 🙂 I’ll continue with Audible for a little while longer, but I’m collecting enough that I have a few banked up to read! Below is a list of the books I read in 2013 – looking forward to hitting more in my TBR pile in 2014!
Looking forward to spending more time reflecting on what my theme for 2014 will be… do you set New Year’s Resolutions or goals?
Happy (Belated) New Year!!
Cover of Mildred Pierce (Keepcase)
I checked into Goodreads tonight and was dismayed to see that I am 9 books BEHIND in reaching my book reading goal of 75 books in 2012! Yikes. I know that it’s still early in the year and that reading goals can be amended, but I wonder what I have been doing lately!
I guess the big answer is: I’ve been busy! 🙂 I started working on January 30 and have now finished five weeks of training with one more to go! The training has been great and I’m learning so much, that it’s almost all I can focus on. My evenings have been full, as well, but I am still keeping up with the blogs I follow (although I culled a few) and mostly keeping up with twitter and facebook. I listen to podcasts in the morning and I participated in a readalong with Wallace at Unputdownables.net. I can’t believe that “A Moveable Feast” is the only book I read in February!
Well, I guess I also listened to an audiobook – Mildred Pierce – and I’m now watching the HBO mini-series that is based on the book. Kate Winslet was a big winner last year for her performance in the miniseries. It was an interesting book and the miniseries is pretty good. Two more episodes to watch.
But things are changing. After this week of working 8-5, my crazy all-over-the-place Emergency Department schedule begins. I work next weekend and will work many 12-hour shifts, which means fewer actual days worked. The pile of books – 10 high – is still waiting for me to delve into and I can’t wait.
Our next book club book is “Still Alice,” so I have to get my hands on that and hopefully read it before the end of March! I know I can do it and can’t wait to read it and see my book club friends soon!
I hope that you are reading everything that you want to be reading and enjoying every minute!
Off to read – Oprah magazine! 🙂
The first book I read in 2012 was one written by and about the Rushford Volunteer Fire Department and their response to the flood of 2007. Their thoughts were collected by Bonnie Flaig Prinsen and the book was published with help from the Rushford Community Foundation. It is a great document for posterity and it was good to read it. I entered the information into Goodreads, which is something I haven’t done before, so I hope it gets other views!
The next book I had was terribly overdue to the library so I did some intense browsing/speed reading so I could return it today.
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Well I set my Goodreads goal for the number of books to read in 2012 (70) and that’s the only goal or thought I’ve put into goals so far. It doesn’t mean I won’t “resolve” to do other things, I guess it means that I’m just working on each day as it comes and not doing much planning for 2012 – yet. I’ll get to it, maybe even next week after the busy-ness of life settles down. I’m sure I’ll keep you posted.
One more reflection on 2011 came from WordPress in the form of “Your Year in Blogging – 2011”.
- I wrote 130 new posts in 2011! Wow.
- The blog had 1900 views! Wow.
- People found the blog by searching for “accordion naked” (among other things)! Wow.
- Most visitors were from the US but Germany and the UK weren’t too far behind! Wow.
- The blog had visitors from Africa, Asia and Australia as well! Wow.
I like blogging but I don’t know how important it is to me to have my blog seen around the world. It’s kind of fun. I do check stats. And today, for some reason, I’m getting a lot of hits because of a Hungarian site which linked to my post about movies! Crazy… It’s turning into a high traffic day. If you’re a blogger who reads this, how did you decide you wanted to go BIG with your blog rather than keeping it personal?
One thing that I woke up thinking about this morning (and will probably turn into a plan for 2012) is that I read way too many blogs and twitter feeds. It’s becoming cumbersome, so I will do something about that. I love technology but when it feels cumbersome, it’s time to pare it down.
Many of the blogs that I read are aspiring to many book-related challenges and it just wears me out! Non-Fiction challenge; Fiction challenge; Bookshelf challenge; European challenge; Classics challenge; etc. etc. etc. I participated in a few challenges/read-alongs in 2011 and I probably will participate in a few in 2012, but I’m certainly not joining any right now. A year long challenge sounds like a little much right now. I liked the seasonal or book-specific challenges and I think that’s where I’ll stick.
Well, off to read (something besides tweets and blogs!)!
A Vintage Affair: A Novel
by Isabel Wolff (Goodreads Author)
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Every dress has a history. And so does every woman.
In Isabel Wolff’s captivating A Vintage Affair, a treasured child’s coat becomes a thread of hope connecting two very different women.
Her friends are stunned when Phoebe Swift abruptly leaves a plum job at the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house to open her own vintage clothing shop in London—but to Phoebe, it’s the fulfillment of a dream. In the sunlight-flooded interior of Village Vintage, surrounded by Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves, Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts, cupcake dresses, and satin gowns, Phoebe hopes to make her store the hot new place to shop, even as she deals with two ardent suitors, her increasingly difficult mother, and a secret from her past that casts a shadow over her new venture.
For Phoebe, each vintage garment carries its own precious history. Digging for finds in attics and wardrobes, Phoebe is rewarded whenever she finds something truly unique, for she knows that when you buy a piece of vintage clothing, you’re not just buying fabric and thread—you’re buying a piece of someone’s past. But one particular article of clothing will soon unexpectedly change her life.
Thérèse Bell, an elderly Frenchwoman, has an impressive clothing collection. But among the array of smart suits and couture gowns, Phoebe finds a child’s sky-blue coat—an item with which Bell is stubbornly reluctant to part. As the two women become friends, Phoebe will learn the tale of that little blue coat. And she will discover an astonishing connection between herself and Thérèse Bell—one that will help her heal the pain of her own past and allow her to love again.
A sweet little story about how one decision can change your life and about living with regrets. Leaving behind her successful career at Sotheby’s, Phoebe opens a vintage clothing store. Ms. Wolff writes beautifully about the appeal of vintage clothing and the story is simply sweet and touching.
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Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday, day 39!
39) A book I expected to hate but loved
Before I started the Stieg Larsson trilogy of books, I never would have imagined that I would have loved them as much. It took me about 75 pages to get into the first book, but then I was hooked. I felt myself wincing a few times, anticipating that things were going to be scary or bad, but they just got up to the edge and never went over for me.
I also didn’t want to read “Angela’s Ashes” because I thought it would be so heavy and sad, but it was nothing of the sort. It was full of hope and good humor. I loved that book, too.
#39 on my list was: Nothing. Here is the point when I have to admit that the list that I found of my “40 things” ends at 38! How depressing is that? I was making my list as I went along (as was evidenced by #37 – penned when the opportunity arose) and was focused on the ones left to do rather than finishing the list. Ugh.
So tomorrow, I will work on a new list of some kind! 5 Things to complete by October end? 10 things to do on my Sabattical? 45 things to do before 45? 50 things to do before 50? I will ponder this and start a list…
Off to read!
Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday, day 38!
38) An author crush
This is a toughy, because although I can be an author-stalker, I don’t necessarily think about them as crushes. But one author that I immediately looked for on Goodreads because I love to read anything by him, would be Nick Hornby. His books are clever and witty and apt. I would love to meet him and see if he’s anything like the characters he writes.
#38 on my list was: Drink before noon. How silly is that? It wasn’t a well-thought-out addition or something I had been dreaming about doing for years, but rather added as the opportunity came about. 🙂 We have a small cabin on a small lake about an hour from where I live. It’s absolutely perfect. This drink happened one morning at the end of the dock to celebrate my brother’s birthday and the nearing end of summer. I always say that the end of the dock is my favorite room at the cabin… whether it be with coffee or wine, alone or with friends, with a book or purely sun worshiping. It’s the best.
My Favorite Room at the Cabin
Off to read!