Sunday, November 4, 2012

Book Schlumps and More

I love the word "schlump". Of course it isn't actually a word, but Julie Andrews uses it in The Princess Diaries, so that makes it real enough for me.

To the topic at hand, I am an in a book schlump. I can't find anything good to read. There are approximately 1342326341234234 books in my house and on my nook. Yet none of them appeal to me. Or they do appeal to me, I start reading, and then I get bored. I want to read a really great book. I want to be swept away in a story. You know that feeling I'm talking about. I've enjoyed some of the books I've read this year, but I haven't LOVED any of them. Other than my Gemma Doyle trilogy re-read, I don't think any of the books I've read this year have gone back onto the shelf. If I really love a book, I move it to the shelf reserved for books I never want to get rid of. I think every book I've read this year has gone to paperbackswap.

I take it back, I have read 3 great books this year - A Dance with Dragons, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, and The Garden Intrigue. So now I just need George RR Martin to finish a book in a timely manner and for the next Pink Carnation book to come out.

My goal was to read 60 books this year. So far I've read 35. I have just been underwhelmed by my book prospects and overwhelmed by life. So this is why I haven't reviewed many books this year. I just haven't been reading and what I have been reading I haven't liked enough to share with you. I am hoping that I am at least able to finish my A-Z Challenge. It would be kind of silly if I wasn't even able to win my own challenge!

Here's what I hope to read this month:

Books for the A-Z Challenge : A book for A, C, Q, X, Z, and Night Circus. Finish the 3 books I'm currently reading. Read 2 books for review.

So is it just me or has this year stunk as far as books go? Pin It


  1. When I am longing for a book to totally engage me, I pick up something by an author I've enjoyed before with those qualities, like Sarah Jio, whose latest is Blackberry Winter.

    Hope you find the cure to the schlump! Love that word, too.


  2. Wow! I barely finish a book a year! Impressive!

  3. 60 books is a very big goal! I am lucky to get in about 2 or 3, well if you don't count childrens books that I read nightly. haha

  4. I barely get through 6 books a year. 60 is tremendous!

  5. I do the same thing that you do - move the books to a reserved shelf (in my case, a reserved bookcase) for those I don't want to get rid of. I'm almost finished with the A-Z Challenge, too (Although X is proving to be my nemesis.)


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