Yes, I did just type out “harumph,” and I will mention that I am quite cranky while I do it. For the past several days, I have been attempting to read a variety of books, and I have come up against a brick wall more than once. I cannot bring myself to read some of the books that I’ve picked from my shelves, or have picked up from the library recently. There are a few in particular worth mentioning, and then I am going to share some pictures of my bookshelf.
The first book which I wanted to read but could not: DupliKate by Cherry Cheva. I grabbed it because the author’s been mentioned a couple times by the Worst Professor Ever. The reason I can’t read it has less to do with the writing (which is solid, and funny) and more to do with the plot (which I knew within the first 50 pages would have me infuriated by things the characters were doing.) So, for the time being, this particular story is shelved. I may try it again later, when self-inflicted teen angst isn’t driving me up the wall. (Perhaps when I’m a tad less stressed, and don’t need “relaxing” reading quite so bad.)
Next up, we’ve got My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, which I really wanted to read, and like. However, I can’t get into it. The volume opens with L.A. Banks– who I keep hoping I’ll like if I pick her stories up again, and I just don’t like– and continues with author after author that I either haven’t heard of (Rachel Caine) or know I don’t like (Sherrilyn Kenyon*). There are one or two which sounded promising, but I just couldn’t get into them.
Another book which I wanted to re-read for reviewing was Soon I Will Be Invincible, which is a fun superhero book. I like super-heroes. I like this book. I do not want to read it at this time, so back to the library it goes. I really, really wish I was interested in reading it, because I know I enjoyed it last time around. I suppose it’ll show up when I get around to reading it.
We’re going to move on from books-which-I-have-checked-out-from-the-library-and-which-are-going-back-unread and onto books-which-are-sitting-on-my-bookshelf-waiting-for-me-to-read-them.
Some of those books aren’t mine, but 99% of them are. Of that 99%, there are a disturbing amount that I have not yet read, or started to read and did not finish, or which I’ve really started second-guessing.
Books I plan on eventually reading: Runemarks by Joanne Harris. I got a signed copy several years ago, and I only got a couple chapters in. I’ve been trying to read it since 2008 if my goodreads account is to be believed. Others on the shelf which I still have not finished: The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery, and Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S.G. Brown. Barring more reading complications, expect to see them eventually reviewed.
Are there any books which have been languishing on your shelves or to-read lists or to-be-read stacks for a silly amount of time? Share them with me, please, so I feel less alone.
Also, which books have you started, and found that you’re just not in the mood for?
* It’s less that I dislike Sherrilyn Kenyon, because that’s a nomme de plume, and more that I have issues with an author who uses one pen-name to write cover-blurbs for her other pen-names.