I also sometimes call this “guilty pleasure” reading. Why? What do I mean?
Sometimes I feel a certain pressure to read for quality. The classics, award winners, thought provoking books. Don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy reading these types of books. However, sometimes I get in a reading slump and a heavy book full of symbolism or political undertones, etc. just doesn’t fit the bill. I have approximately 85 or so books on my bookshelves that I haven’t read. Yet, sometimes I’ll stand in front of them for minutes and stare trying to figure out what I’m in the mood to read. It makes me sad to admit that this has been a problem of mine for a few months now. I thought that once I was on break from classes, the kids were on summer vacation, and things relaxed around my house that I’d be able to dig my way out of this slump. Not so much. My solution has been to read some of the YA books that are on my TBR.
I started with Tiger’s Curse and Tiger’s Quest. I could immediately tell that Tiger’s Curse was Colleen Houck’s first book. Her writing needed some polilshing. With Tiger’s Quest I noticed some improvement. However, I didn’t immediately feel compelled to go on and read the third book in the series. I may or may not pick it up at a later date.
The I moved on to Kiera Cass’s The Selection series. I read the first two books in this series as well. They were just okay. I rated them three stars on Goodreads, but I really think they deserve 2 1/2 stars. It was mostly, I love him. No, I love him. Does he love me? I hate him. Now I love him. Can I trust him? Over and over.
Being mostly disappointed in my reading choices here, I’ve moved on to Margaret George’s Elizabeth I and I’m really enjoying it. It’s the second of George’s books that I’ve read and I like her style. Writing from the 1st person point of view of Elizabeth I, George takes a lot of liberties with history. However, she throws enough actual events in there to keep me happy. I never get bored with the story and my only wish is that it was a smaller book so that it would be easier to read in bed. 😉
Have you read any of these books? Do you go through reading slumps and if so, do you have any advice for getting out of them?