Posted by: Jeanie F | April 5, 2012

What Should I Read?

Those of you who follow my blog may have noticed that it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Quite frankly, I’m in a reading slump, one of those frustrating times when nothing I look at seems to be what I want to read.

When I finished Defending Jacob, I thought maybe I’d try another book by its author, William Landay. I picked up The Strangler: A Novel, Landay’s first novel, based in Boston in the 60s when the Boston Strangler terrorized the city. It became clear how much Landay has grown as a novelist, but wasn’t a book I could stick with.

Our book club book was Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus, a fantasy that has received some great reviews. For book club books I have a strict “100 page rule.” No matter how bad the book, I have to give it at least 100 pages before I abandon it. I couldn’t make it past page 30. I have to say that many in my book club loved this book, but I’m not a fan of magical realism or fantasy. If I could have read and rolled my eyes at the same time, that’s what I would have done.

One of the things I love about my Kindle is being able to download samples, so when I gave up on Night Circus I went into a downloading frenzy, trying to find something to read. Among those that I sampled were:

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Erasure: A Novel by Percival Everett

Girlchild: A Novel by Tupelo Hassmen

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Blank Wall by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding

Each of these books had either been personally recommended to me or had been well-reviewed in The New York Times or on NPR, but none of them captured my  interest.

Now I’m turning to you, my fellow lovers of reading, for recommendations. I need a book that is going to transport me into another world and really grab me. I need to get out of this rut. I need something fabulous to read!!

What would you recommend?


Responses

  1. I have the feeling you’re just not in a mood to read and then almost anything will become a not-finish.

    One book that I was totally engrosed in was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It’s a bit of a computer-game geek book with a penchant for the 198s. This story really came alive to me. Although I am not much into computer games myself I loved it. I’m not sure it’s for you (no review yet).

    Otherwise, have you thought of something chick-litty but not too silly? For instance Marian Keyes writes good chick-lit, easy reads but with a message.

    Hope you get out of the slump soon – so annoying!

  2. Thanks for the suggestions! I’d love a new Michael Connelly book (although I’ve read his newest) or something along the lines of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – something light, but well-written and not trashy. I’ll look into Marian Keyes – never read anything of hers, and your description sounds promising!

  3. I agree with the chick-lit suggestion. Sophie Kinsella usually gets me out of a reading slump. Sometimes a good thriller will do it too. Hang in there – it will pass…

    • Usually a thriller works for me, too, but only Michael Connelly. His next book doesn’t come out until November.


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