Tuesday, April 11, 2017

in which my slump takes over

I don't know if it's the lure of social media or what, but I can't get into reading a book lately. I spent about 30 minutes this weekend looking for something new to read; nothing sounded interesting. It's like when you're hungry but nothing in your fridge full of food sounds appealing. That's me and books right now. I'm hoping that, like it has in the past, linking up with Steph and Jana will give me a renewed desire to read. Let's see.

The Good
You Can't Touch My Hair (and other things I still have to explain): This was a memoir told in short stories, as most books I enjoy lately are. Jessica Robinson is a comedian who hosts two podcasts and loves pop culture. She's black, and her book talks about how being black affects how she sees herself and how she's treated. It sounds serious, but it's FULL of funny references to keep things a little light while still dealing with some serious ideas. It made me laugh out loud.

The Less-Good
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: I fully expected to love this book. It started off fine; you should care less about what other people think of you with a brief overview of how that can affect your life. Great. But the more I stuck with the book, the more repetitive it seemed. Either you're the kind of person who doesn't care what people think of you, or you're the kind of person who does. I don't think reading a book will flip you. Perhaps it will give you a new perspective and you can realize that other people's opinions don't matter, but this book seemed so absolute that I got tired of its message pretty fast. "Clearing out my mental barn" or whatever just isn't something I was on board with.

The Awful
The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter: This was an Amazon freebie that sounded interesting, so I saved it to my Kindle. I was stuck on a plane with a dying iPad and no internet connection and I had this, so I was grateful to have something. That also explains why I finished this disorganized mess. Let me first say that it was translated from another language (Swedish or Norwegian) so perhaps that's why it felt so strange and disjointed. It started as chick-lit with an overworked mom of three trying to juggle too much and who impulse-bought a house she can't afford. It then became a workplace drama where she isn't doing enough at work and her coworkers notice. Then, it takes a strange turn where the woman takes a business trip, kisses another man, thinks she's involved with an art theft, and develops a bit of a cough syrup dependency for a few days. It was all over the place and made no sense. It was terrible, but I kept reading because I had nothing else and I really wanted to know if things would tie together (they didn't). If you too downloaded this for free, please don't waste your time...

And that's it! It's not good. I checked something out last night and have already forgotten the title, so perhaps something I come across today will get me out of my slump. Let me know if you have a surefire, amazing book that I have to read in the comments - I need help!

20 comments:

  1. I am glad I read your thoughts on Life Changing book because others made it sound so awesome and I think I would have been like you and got annoyed with the same message over and over again. In the same way I got annoyed with the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up lol

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  2. That last book just sounds like such a mess, hahaha. I only had three this month, too, and the last one I haven't even technically finished... WHOOPS. Life.

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  3. You can't touch my hair sounds GREAT. Looking into that now. :) Bummer about Life Changing Magic. I've really been wanting to read that.. (the likelihood of me getting to it any time soon is super low... ha) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  4. You can't Tough My Hair is on my TBR. I know that struggle all to well. People always want to touch my hair and it's SOO annoying.

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  5. I liked The Life Changing Magic but it was definitely repetitive.

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  6. SUYB always renews my desire to read if i'm not feeling it. i hope it does the same for you :) the life changing art of not giving a f*ck sounds interesting but i think like you said, a book won't flip you, and i don't want to feel bad for being the way i am haha. the ingrid winter book sounds like an absolute mess!

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  7. I never read a self-help book expecting it to fully change my life but maybe takeaway a thing or two. That's what I did with The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck. I loved it because it was entertaining more than helpful. But I agree with your assessment.

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  8. I know I don't give a fuck, so I don't need to read that book.

    When nothing sounds good, I just pick up books and start reading them until something hooks me.

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  9. "You Can't Touch My Hair" sounds like one I could definitely get in to! I think I like the title of "The Life-Changing Magic" than the actual message, and I'm not a fan of repetition, but I still think I'd like to check it out, mostly to see what all the fuss is about, and probably skim it. I'm not sure what you're into, but I really liked Missing Pieces (mystery/thriller), We're All Damaged (Amazon freebie- humor/fiction) and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (YA but tackles some tough subject matter).

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  10. Wow that Ingrid Winters book sounds like a mess. The Life Changing Magic book is on my TBR and I still want to give it a try. But it does bum me out to hear that it's so repetitive, especially since it's not a very big book in the first place.

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  11. I know exactly how you feel. I went through 300 books on my Kindle "to-read" bookshelf and NOTHING sounded good. It was crazy!

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  12. I feel like reading slumps come and go, but hopefully this one will end son with all of the book reviews that you're reading! I agree with you about the Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k. I mean if you care what others think of you, I don't think that a book is really going to change how you feel and act.

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  13. I love reading these posts but I am having trouble reading these days too. I can't get into anything so low and behold I have nothing to show.

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  14. I've definitely been in those phases too, where nothing sounds quite like what you want to read. I recently read a book I really didn't care for, and had the same reasoning that I kept reading it, hoping it would get better-- it didn't!

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  15. Sorry you haven't been reading a lot lately. You Can't Touch My Hair sounds interesting; I like a good memoir. If you don't mind historical fiction/murder mysteries, I recommend A Murder in Time. I LOVED it, and I need to get the sequel now.

    -Lauren

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  16. I feel like the opposite of you and there are so many books I want to read and not enough time!! I tried to read The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck but the number of times she used the f word in just the first couple of chapters annoyed me. I don't mind cursing, but it seemed excessive so I gave up by chapter 2 or so!

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  17. My reading is at a total stand still lately. I've been reading the same book forever and I'm so annoyed with myself, but haven't quite figured out how to fix it.

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  18. I have the exact opposite problem than you do. You spend 30 minutes looking for a book that interests you; I spend 30 minutes deciding out of all the books I want to read, what I'm actually going to read. I hope that SUYB rejuvenates your desire to read again. Sometimes I think we overthink it. It's okay to read magazines or the web or the good old-fashioned newspaper.

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  19. Your less-good pick was one I read last fall. It was okay. I do feel like anyone could've written it. Like, it's not rocket science.
    Reading slumps are sad times. :(

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  20. Reading slumps are no fun. I hope you find a book that breaks you out of it!

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