May 26, 2016

June 2016 Book Releases to Watch For

There are a bunch of really fun books coming out in June! I've already read a few early copies of some of them, but there are others I can't wait to check out!

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub*

I haven't read Straub's more famous book (The Vacationers), but I enjoyed this tale of midlife crisis and love. During a hot Brooklyn summer two couples (Elizabeth & Andrew and Zoe & Jane) discover that their kids are sleeping together. Elizabeth learns some shocking things about Andrew's past, and Zoe makes some surprising discoveries about her future with Jane.

The Space Between Sisters by Mary McNear*

Another summer novel; this one set on a Minnesota lake, where two very different sisters -- carefree Poppy and uptight Win -- must reconcile some difficult situations in their pasts while navigating new relationships with two handsome men.

Hogwarts Classics by J.K. Rowling

I never bought Tales of Beedle the Bard, but this new boxed set is so pretty I just might have to!

Duty and Honor by Tom Clancy

I know this one seems randomly off-brand for me, but in high school I went through a BIG Tom Clancy phase, and I usually read the new Jack Ryan novels eventually, mostly just out of nostalgia.

Outlander Kitchen by Theresa Carle-Sanders

This one kinda makes me laugh, not gonna lie. But it would be a good present for the Outlander addict in your life! (Because he/she has probably already ordered book 8 in the series, which also comes out in June.)

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

I didn't enjoy Roach's Gulp, but I really liked Stiff, so I think I might give this new one a shot. I love this kind of light nonfiction.

Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North

This seems so fun! I read a choose-your-own-Austen adventure book a few years ago, and this seems similarly entertaining.

Death on the Sapphire by R.J. Koreto*

A fun historical mystery set in Edwardian England, starring suffragist Lady Frances Ffolkes as an intrepid amateur investigator. I really enjoyed this one - it was a bit reminiscent of the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear.

What books are YOU looking forward to?

*Shelf Awareness sent me these for review, but all opinions are my own. Also: cover images are affiliate links.

May 23, 2016

How to Break Out of a Book Slump (An Easy, 7 Step Process)

I have been in a terrible reading slump in the last couple of weeks! First food poisoning, then sidetracked by genealogy, then a sprained ankle. You would think that the food poisoning or the sprained ankle might lead to more reading; but alas, when I'm under the weather all I want is mindless tv.

But finally, over the weekend, I had a really good run - and I realized I followed my usual formula for breaking out of a book rut, without even realizing it!

Step 1: Reread a familiar favorite. For me this was Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer. I happened to have it on my phone, and Juliet was up a lot in the night on Friday night, so I read several chapters. And then Sunday morning I woke up early, inspired to continue.

Step 2: Read something fast and fun. Once the favorite book has gotten you in your reading groove again, don't stop! Quickly start another book that won't take you long to read. I powered through The Girls by Lisa Jewell on Sunday afternoon. Often I find a YA book to be perfect for this step of the process.

Step 3: Read something you've been meaning to read. Once you have the rush of triumph at actually finishing two books, capitalize on that feeling by grabbing something that's been lingering on your TBR list. If you find yourself slowing down midway, remind yourself that you will feel superlatively more triumphant if you can mark 3 books as read in less than 3 days. For me this was Peter Lovesey's Another One Goes Tonight. Even though I was really enjoying it I almost lost focus halfway through, my brain is so used to Netflix instead of reading! But I made myself power through.

Step 4: Finish the book, open your laptop to update Goodreads, and end up wasting an hour (or two...) on the internet, since you weren't online much the last few days.

Step 5: Realize you're being ridiculous, and that you need to back away from the Facebook. Do NOT give in to the temptation to turn on the tv. Or to open 

Step 6: Right before you close your laptop, realize that you haven't written a blog post in a few days. Write a post about how to break out of a book slump.

Step 7: Publish the post, and go find another book.

Happy reading!

May 19, 2016

Reader's Dilemma

Since I binged through The Raven King so fast recently, when I saw this picture on Twitter, it rang really true for me. And it started me thinking about other books I've had this dilemma with.

  • the Harry Potter series
  • every new Deborah Crombie book
  • the Lunar Chronicles
  • all of the Raven Cycle
  • each new C.S. Harris book
  • each "Robert Galbraith" mystery (clearly J.K. Rowling knows what she's doing!)

In the end I always end up wishing I'd savored the book a bit more, but when I'm in the midst of devouring it, I just never have the self-control!

How about you? What books do YOU have this dilemma with?