If you couldn’t already tell based on my surplus of Bookfessionals over the last couple of weeks, I’m battling my annual mid-year(ish) book funk.
Between my recent addiction to graphic novels, regular Netflixing, and the overwhelming ARC pile, recently, I’ve been uninterested in all things speculative fiction.
On the bright side, I’m at least reading again.
That’s the first sign the funk is nearing its end, so HOORAY for that.
Less awesome is what I’ve been reading . . .
The thing about palette cleansers is that in order to “cleanse the palette” it has to be different from your usual fare. And if it was all that great, it wouldn’t be relegated to cleanser status.
My standard palette cleansers are contemporary romance—not that I’m slamming all the romance lovers out there, its just not my preference. There are a few authors that I keep on standby, but I’m mostly caught up on them, so unless I’m feeling like a reread, I have to take my chances on the recommendations of others.
Usually this isn’t an issue (umm, hello, book reviewer), BUT . . . with romance, it’s a crapshoot. B/c like I said, not my thing, so harder to find something that works.
The other problem with reading straight-up romance is that even if it isn’t technically working for me, I might keep reading it b/c schadenfreude (a German psychology term that references our fascination with train wrecks).
For example, I just finished reading three books in a best-selling series that, if I’m being kind, were (for me) mediocre. The heroes and plots were standard, but in that first book there were moments of hilarity, so I stuck with it . . .
I shouldn’t have. They got progressively worse, the third book using “literally” as an adverb SIXTY-TWO times.
The good news is now I’ve got half a dozen books that I should be reading on the brain.
Mission accomplished. *orbit gum smile*
What about you? Do you palette cleanse? What breaks your funk?