I’ve been in a reading slump for a week or two now.
Part of it is because I’ve resurrected my old novel and am pounding the pavement to pull together a working first draft to show my editor. Part of it is because I read a few really heavy books in a row, and I think I needed a little time to digest and recover.
I love that literature sometimes requires recovery. Gosh, what power.
I pre-ordered a slew of books I’m especially excited about for this year, though the new Marchetta isn’t available for pre-order yet. Also, I’m literally having dreams about The Raven King. Woof.
I read some pretty outstanding work in 2015, including the 2015 Printz winner, Bone Gap. I maybe needed a little time to step back in appreciation.
This week I’m going to be busting my butt on my Ardor Novel manuscript, and I’m not sure I have the capacity to start reading something new, though I might re-listen to the audio of The Piper’s Son, which has been on my mind lately since it’s what inspired Ardor Novel.
How about you? Reading anything fantastic that I should have on my radar?
You want something a little lighter but still fantastic, I really loved First & Then by Emma Mills.
When I get in a slump, I binge-read graphic novels. If that doesnt work, I binge-watch guilty pleasure TV—then I’m ready to get back into reading. It tends to take me a while to get through novels though, since I only have an hour or so of quiet reading time each day, so I don’t burn out on it very often.
Jackie! I just finished A Little Life last week…oh man I HIGHLY recommend it! It’s over 700 pages which is a bit daunting, but I’m sure it’ll book you as it did to me. The craft of the novel is incredible. It is a pretty tragic story of abuse, so if that’s triggering I’d stay away, but more than a story of abuse, I felt it was a story of tremendous love and friendship and just excellent people. Anyways, please consider it. I think it’ll blow your mind.