Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's not you; it's me.

So I never mentioned that I passed my one year blogiversary. I think it was back in June, maybe July. Clearly I care. Anyway I'll be putting a contest together sometime over the next month or so since I'll finally have money again in another week and I'll be moving back to school. Don't ask me why that last one matters; it just does. The contest will be a combination of celebrations: 1 year on the blog; 100, 125, and possibly 150 followers (by then); and my birthday (which is near the end of September).

But I'll also be having another contest, like, sooner than that. Hopefully that one will be next week, and will come with a review, and possibly an author interview. :)

Moving on. If you're my friend on Goodreads, or a regular follower here, you'll have noticed I haven't reviewed anything lately and possibly that I've been reading the same two books for weeks now. It's not that I don't like them. I just can't bring myself to read them, and it's been bugging me lately. A lot. And I realized the other day that it wasn't the books at all, though I never really thought it was; it was all me. As much as I wanted to read them and as great as they are, I just couldn't. I still can't. Because right now, my brain just really doesn't want to read a long adult book.

I've always read adult books, always. YA and MG have been most of what I read but the adults have always called to me, too. So why can't I read them right now? These books are great. I want to read them, but apparently I just need to submerge myself in some younger perspectives for a few days and hope it helps.

Does this ever happen to you? Are there ever any books that you've started but you just couldn't finish right then? Or any genres or age groups you've had to step away from for a little while? This is new to me, and I feel really bad for the two books that just keep staring me down. I keep sighing and telling them that it really isn't them, but I don't think they believe me. I'll make it up to them later.

Also, it's really hard to find time to read published books when you're trying to write one of your own, reading for an agent, and taking a class that sucks up all of your time. Luckily, Spanish ended last Friday so I've slowly been regaining lost time. Will be reading again soon! Speaking of, I have a full MS I need to finish. See you all later!


Jaimie said...

Oh goodness, I can't read AT ALL while I'm writing. Right now, I'm not reading anything. I just can't. The voices screw with my head and mess up the writing. Not to mention... I don't care about other stories when I'm writing. Just my own. (Unless the story is a movie or TV. That seems to be the exception. Easier digestion.)

I've found I can't finish Neil Gaiman books. Don't get me wrong... I LOVE Neil Gaiman. I finished the first four books super-fast. But now that I've read most of his stuff, I know where the plot is going, how it's going to end. No mystery. (I think Neil tells only two basic stories. Again and again. Which, all of us do.)

Also I find it hard to finish YA stories that are predictable. And super long adult books.

The easiest books to finish are the ones with an awesome writing voice (like Eat, Pray, Love) because no matter what happens to the plot, I feel I'm learning something reading them.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the anniversary. And I've been stuck on the same book for over a month now.

Kathryn said...

Oh absolutely. I go through periods reading what I feel like reading (even if it's something my husband will tease me for) and am more "meh" towards other genres. It's not the books' fault! It's just that you have to be in the right time and place to enjoy them more! :) Happy blogiversary!

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats on the bloggyversary!

I have changed my reading habits since I started writing seriously. I aim for shorter books than I used to now. I just don't have the time for anything too long or too intense.

Amanda J. said...

Oh, you guys make me feel so much better about this! :) Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one!


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