I’ve only read 4 books over the past 6 weeks. It doesn’t sound so bad to say it out loud except when I compare it to how many books I usually read in a good week. They weren’t even long, fancy books that would justify a more thoughtful reading! I was feeling a mixture of guilt and panic about the reading slump I’m in until I remembered that the same thing happened last summer. Turns out I read a lot more when it’s cold outside. Picking up a copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane at a friend’s house snapped me out of last year’s slump, and I’m hoping something I read this coming month will have the same effect. In the meantime, the books I did read were great:
Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the World by Anthony Doerr. This book is about Doerr’s time in Rome on a fellowship he won to write All the Light We Cannot See. Doerr and his wife went to Rome with newborn twins, so there was a lot more walking the house at night than writing novels. As expected, the book just made me want to go to Rome even more.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Last year’s friend/reading slump solver? She gave me Ready Player One for Christmas. It only took me until July, but I finally understand why she thought it’d be perfect for me. The best part was reading this book along with my husband since he only reads a book a year most years. My full review is here.
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny is my latest Chief Inspector Gamache novel and wow, did this one blow me away. I had to listen to parts of the book alone so I could gasp and cry in peace. For a relatively gentle murder mystery series, this one packs a bit of a punch. I’d heard the series gets better as it goes along, and I’m definitely finding that to be the case.
As always, I’m getting inspiration and adding way too many books to my TBR list thanks to the Quick Lit posts of other lovely book bloggers here. What have you been reading? What are your best tricks for getting over a reading slump?