Still slow, but it’s picking up–especially considering three out of those books aren’t YA. I know. I’m confused, too.
The reason I didn’t put up a post for September was, frankly, there wasn’t much to post about. I made fantastic headway on my TBR pile early in the year; getting caught up was actually within reach!
Then I did three things:
1) I sold a book, which killed all ability to focus for a good long while.
2) I decided to move and renovate the new apartment, which killed all my free time for a good long while.
3) I bought more books, which killed all, um, managability? Of the TBR pile.
That last one doesn’t work so well, but let’s just leave it at that.
Anyway, these past few months I’ve been making wild promises of getting back into the swing soon, which hasn’t happened, so I’m trying to be a bit more realistic. Once I’m settled into the new apartment I’ll need to edit, write a new book, edit some more…
It’s going to take a while. As long as I’m consistent, though, I’m going to try not to beat myself up over it.
So, for September:
That’s it. Told you it was embarrassing.
October was a slight improvement:
So, what do *you* do to crawl out of a reading slump? Advice would be sorely appreciated!
I expected to get some reading done during my vacation. I figured, hey, I’ll have lots of time on public transport, on various flights, before bed…
… I was so naïve.
Here’s what my list for June looks like:
End of story.
(Well, I also read the first two or so trades of Ultimate Spider-Man while at K.V. Taylor’s house. Miles is adorable! <3)
July was a different story. I spent half of it on vacation (Seattle and LA, baby!) and half of it at home, being beyond exhausted. Here's what I managed to read after returning:
… plus the first two trades of Gotham City Sirens and the first two or two trades of the latest incarnation of Catwoman. (I am not best pleased. But I’ll save that for a later post…)
I’ve been very quiet lately, and I apologize for that. I hope to get back into the swing come August. I’m slowly picking up aspects of my life, but other parts are completely at a standstill, so I feel sort of stuck. Getting back into blogging and reading on a regular basis should help, I hope.
This is a little later than usual–I’m currently on vacation in the United States. (Shockingly, most of you picked up on that from my previous post. Perhaps I need to be more subtle next time.)
A Local Habitation, by Seanan McGuire
Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
Cold Magic, by Kate Elliott
Bellwether, by Connie Willis
Fear, by Michael Grant
Sagittarius is Bleeding, by Peter David
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
I did a lot better this month with my resolution to read more adult books. Score! I’m whittling that pile down more and more, and it feels great.
Of course, June and July are going to be slow on the reading front as I continue to tourist things up. There are worse reasons to put reading on halt, right?
Still editing. Still incommunicado. Sorry
I’m making decent headway on my TBR shelves, too, which is great–but there are a couple of books I’ve had on there for a while that I just can’t bring myself to get excited about with all these shiny new books people have been raving about dropping on my doorstep.
So, let me outsource this decision to you, my lovelies. It’ll be much easier to pick up my next read if people I trust vouch for its awesomeness.
Which of these books should I read next, and why?
The Damned Busters, by Matthew Hughes
Under the Dome, by Stephen King
Kraken, by China Miéville
Finch, by Jeff Vandermeer
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
(Yes, this is the majority of the adult books on my shelves. Um. I have a much easier time working through my YA books, okay?)
Would love to get your thoughts on any of the above. Thank you! <3
Since my adult TBR pile is about twice the size of my YA TBR pile, I’ve been trying to read at least one adult book for every YA book I read. I thought I was succeeding.
Red Glove, by Holly Black
Crossing Over, by Anna Kendall
Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane
Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver
Darkfall, by Janice Hardy
The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
Where She Went, by Gayle Forman
… evidently not.
In my defense: a) I’m working on two adult books right now, and b) new YA books are showing up at my house at a frightening rate.
This would be good–yay books!–but it makes it very hard to stay on top of things, especially since I’m leaving for my epic US trip in less than a month. Before that time, I need to:
- Edit a novel.
- Edit a novella.
- Edit a short story. (Probably.)
- Pack and prepare and irrelevant stuff like that.
It will come as no surprise that with that much editing to do, I’m really in the mood to do some rough drafting.
Maybe when I get back. In July. *cringe*
March was an unusually slow month. These numbers are slightly skewed, as I’m still working on three books that will probably end up added to April’s count.
Either way, I’m finally making my way through some of the books that have been on my shelves for years, and it’s great to see those stacks steadily shrinking.
I think the reason for not reading is much is that I didn’t have much energy–between falling ill and having visitors over, I should probably be relieved I even made my monthly minimum of five books.
My choice in books didn’t help. Aside from Rachel Hawkins’s novels, all of the above went slowly for me, for very different reasons. Given my defunct attention span, though, the YA vs. adult factor is probably a significant one. I can’t remember the last time I blazed through an adult novel the way I regularly do with YA. Is that difference as blatantly obvious for anyone else?
Last month I read nine books, two of which are graphic novels, one of which I didn’t finish. Lots of great books in here–it was a good month to read.
Between a very looong book (by my admittedly questionable standards) and working on the novella, March is proving slower, but I hope to make a frantic dash towards ten books the moment I finish this draft of the novella. I am determined to make a dent in my pile of adult books, to be particular. Some have been collecting dust for years.
Anyway, in order of reading them:
Bleeding Violet, by Dia Reeves
Incarnate, by Jodi Meadows
Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures, by… lots of people
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins
Avatar, the Last Airbender: The Promise, pt. 1, by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru
Five Flavors of Dumb, by John Anthony
Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi
The World House, by Guy Adams [DNF]
If you’ve read any of these, do share your thoughts!
… to getting caught up on my TBR shelves.
A year ago, this seemed like an insurmountable task. Last August, though, I decided to make a dent in my unread books while recovering from Clarion West. I started reading.
Since then I’ve read anywhere from 6-14 books a month, and it’s made all the difference in the world. Right now, my TBR shelves look like this:
Adult novels: 15
YA novels: 5
Short story anthologies: 7
Graphic novels: Unsure; probably no more than 5.
Pre-orders arriving over the next few months: A LOT.
This seems incredibly doable. Most of my pre-orders will be arriving in the summer, so if I keep up this pace, I may catch up on my novels before then, after which I can juggle reading pre-orders as they come in and non-fiction/anthologies. Since I tend to be slow at reading those latter two–which is why they’ve built up like this–I highly doubt I’ll stick with my average of ten books a month.
So here’s my conservative estimate: I’ll be caught up on my TBR pile at some point before the end of the year. If that doesn’t happen, you have permission to flog me.
Whatever happens, though, at least I’ll come close, which is pretty exciting on its own. I haven’t been caught up in years–probably since before I started on this whole author gig.
This post was brought to you by a) NERDY EXCITEMENT and b) the compulsive need to show off exactly how compulsive I am.
I’m a little late with this, partially because I’ve been really caught up with other things, partially because I’ve been trying to figure out if I want to continue with these mini-reviews. I’m having a more and more difficult time keeping it to one or two sentences only, and I don’t want these to grow into fully-fledged reviews.
I think I’ll keep posting a list of my monthly reads, because it’s nice to keep track that way.
In January, I read ten books, which is pretty decent. Since I didn’t finish one of them and several others were graphic novels, though, I’m not sure how valid that count is. *g*
The Spirit Thief, by Rachel Aaron [DNF]
Ash, by Malinda Lo
The Kingdom of Gods, by N.K. Jemisin
Supernaturally, by Kiersten White
A Million Suns, by Beth Revis
The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson
Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories, edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft
Pixu: The Mark of Evil, by Gabriel Bá, Becky Cloonan, Fábio Moon and Vasilis Lolos
Chew, vol, 1: Taster’s Choice, by John Layman and Rob Guillory
Sandman Slim, by Richard Kadrey