Slump Busters

If I get too lost within a world of a book or series, I fall into a reading slump. The worst of the worst slumps are always caused by excellent fantasy books. I get caught up in a different world and society and it takes me weeks if not months to come back.

I can try as hard as I can to break the worst of the worst slumps, but really time is all that solves those. But for regular slumps, I have certain books I reach for so I can return to reading quickly.

  • Chick Lit

They’re my guilty pleasures. They go by quickly, they’re fun, and I love a cute love story.

  • Netflix

This is a dangerous one. If I go for a tv show, I’m done for and I’ll be sucked in until I finish the series or catch up to the current one. I try to go for movies, but those tv shows always get me. Super hero movies are always a good bet…however I once got caught up in watching all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies from start to Captain America: Civil War. On top of that, my husband joined me so it took a good few weeks out of my life to be through with that.

  • Graphic Novels or Manga

The visuals combined with the story telling always suck me in. Again, they go by quickly, which is key.

  • Life

Nothing gets me out of a fictional world faster than having to deal with the real world. I throw myself into the chores and errands that I was neglecting when I was deep into reading. By the time I get my house back in order, I’m ready to jump into reading again.

So what do you do when you’re in a slump? Do you have any good slump busters?

I Don’t Know What I’m Reading

Sometimes I don’t know what I’m reading. Sometimes I’ll hear of a book that’s super hyped up and I’ll just start reading it without reading the synopsis. Only once have I had this backfire on me. I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked up The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, but it wasn’t vampires. I had to DNF it because I was totally not in the mood for a vampire book.

I’ve had The Girl with All the Gifts on my TBR since it was released. All I heard was that it was “Sooo good!” and “Sooo interesting!” I sooo wanted to read it! I had no idea it was made into a movie until it popped up while I was looking for something to watch on Amazon Prime Videos. I figured, “Hey I haven’t read it by now, why not?”

“OMG! OMG THIS IS A ZOMBIE MOVIE? OMG!” I was definitely not expecting zombies. My husband sat up a little straighter and set down his phone.

Even though I’m not a huge zombie book fan, I’m even more interested in reading The Girl with All the Gifts after seeing the movie. Because as much as I liked the movie, we all know that the book is (almost) always better.

Have you seen the movie and read the book? Tell me your thoughts! Usually the book has more backstory and details so I’m really looking forward to that.

Mid-Year Update

I’ve been making more and more time to read and my soul feels so much better. It doesn’t matter if it’s a guilty pleasure read, something that makes me think, or something that shakes me to the core.

I have a confession. I have yet to read any books from my original 2017 list. I keep meaning to, but a library hold comes in or another book catches my mood. I still have all of them at the top of my TBR though.

So what have I read? A lot of guilty pleasures aka chick lits. I finallyfinished The Selection series. If you haven’t read it yet, read Happily Ever After before The Heir. Since it’s been awhile since I read The One it was a good reminder of the world and jump start my memory about the story.

I also finally read The Winner’s Trilogy. The first book took a bit to get going, but once it did I loved it! The second book suffered from second book syndrome and that was disappointing, but the third book brought me back around. I didn’t think it was as good as the first and the ending was a little too neatly and easily tied up. But overall I really enjoyed the trilogy. I especially enjoyed the theme of slavery and how different characters approached it and how their views changed throughout the series.

If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, you have to read (or listen to) Talking as Fast as I Can. I listened to the audio book and I loved that Lauren Graham read it.

According to Goodreads I’m 11 books behind on my goal to read 50 books this year. I want to read as much as I can before I need to pack them up to move with me to Portland or to go into our storage unit for a year.

How is your reading going this year? Have you read anything good? I’d love the recommendations!

First 5 Books To Be Read in 2017

Wow it’s been awhile since I’ve been around the blog. I’m embarrassed to say it’s been awhile since I’ve been around a book too. There are two very big reasons for my absence. One, job. Two, Gambit. We adopted the sweetest little Dachshund mix from the local shelter. Lexi needed a friend since I was at work instead of at home with her all day.

Anyway, I really want to find a way to make time for blogging and reading again. I need to read what’s on my shelves. Cass recently perused my shelves and asked what I’ve read. He was shocked when I pointed at three out of the four bookcases. I think he might have put me on a book buying ban with the look he gave me…at least until I’ve read a good chunk of what I already own.

So here’s the top 5 books on my shelf that I plan to pick up first.

 

 

 

 

As always, I know this list will change with my ever-changing mood. But right now, in this moment, these are the 5 books that are calling to me the loudest. Ooo I forgot my last Book of the Month box arrived! I can’t remember what I picked but I know I was really excited about it when I chose it. As of right now, my subscription should be cancelled and done. Buuut, I’m tempted to restart it again. Maybe once I catch up on all my bookshelves I’ll talk myself into starting it up again. It really is an awesome subscription for the reader who just wants to pay for books and not a bunch of knickknacks and whatnot.

So what’s on tap for your reading in 2017 and how’s life in general? Share! I’ve been away from the blogging and book communities for too long and I have no idea what’s new.

Army Wife: A Story of Love and Family in the Heart of the Army by Vicki Cody

Army Wife

I was thrilled to be asked to participate in the blog tour for Army Wife! I was originally going to participate on Ech & Will, but I’m having some technical difficulties over there. I don’t have the energy to deal with it so for now I’m just blogging at Ech Reads.


Title: Army Wife: A Story of Love and Family in the Heart of the Army
Author: Vicki Cody
Release Date: August 16th 2016
Pages: 280
Publisher: She Writes Press
Source: sparkpoint studio

From the last days of the Vietnam War to the present-day war on terrorism, this story is a moving and poignant tribute to love, marriage, family, and the men and women who serve this nation. In describing her thirty-three-year journey as an Army wife, Cody gives an in-depth look at what it takes to keep a marriage strong, raise a family—oftentimes as a single parent—create a home, and face separations and loneliness amid the uncertainty and stresses that are so much a part of Army life.

Over the years, Cody learns to embrace the uniqueness of her circumstances, and she finds joy, self-fulfillment, and pride in her role. But when both her sons follow in their dad’s footsteps, becoming Army Aviators and flying Apache helicopters in combat zones in Afghanistan and Iraq, Cody faces her greatest challenges as a mother and again, must balance the needs of her family with her husband’s position. Full of humor and honesty, Army Wife brings the reader into Cody’s private life in a very personal way, and in doing so opens the lens for a broader view of world events.


More about Vicki Cody:

Vicki Cody grew up in Burlington, Vermont and graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS degree in education in 1975. For the next thirty-three years she was an Army wife, supporting her husband in his career. While raising their two sons and moving all over the United States and overseas, she served as a coach and mentor for other Army spouses, and as an advocate for Army families. Her first book, Your Soldier, Your Army: A Parents’ Guide was published by the Association of the United States Army in 2005. Her articles have appeared in numerous military magazines and publications. This is her first memoir. She and her husband of forty years live in the Washington, DC area.

Book Review: Dandelion on Fire by Sherry Torgent [Spoiler Free]

Title: Dandelion on Fire
Author: Sherry Torgent
Release Date: January 31, 2015
Pages: 414
Publisher: Blue Ink Press
Source: Blue Ink Press
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Everyone knows the legend–Greene Island is cursed. 17-yr-old Hardy Vance doesn’t care about curses. All he wants to do is graduate from high school and head to college on the mainland. But Hardy has a knack for finding trouble. When he gets stuck doing community service with a girl that has a secret, their lives quickly become entwined in a murder mystery that leads straight back into the island’s dark past and the dreaded Curse of Viola. It’s up to Hardy and the supernatural abilities of his friends to uncover the horrible truth using the only clue left behind. A dandelion seed.


What I Loved:

// Steady pacing. I felt like every chapter or every other chapter released a little bit more information…but not enough information to make it boring. I was engaged throughout the book.

// Realistic reactions. For example: If someone told me they could fly, I’d be shocked. But then I’d have a few dozen questions. How fast can you fly? How far can you fly before you get tired? Can you carry me on your back? Do you own a car or do you just fly everywhere? I liked that a couple characters had similar reactions to a certain character’s ability.

// The cover! It’s so pretty and I love keeping the book out on my desk or sitting on top of my low shelves so I can see it when I pass by.

// The curse. The legend was so interesting and it really drew me into the mystique of the island. It would definitely draw me to visit Greene Island as a tourist.

// A manageable level of supernatural. Sometimes I feel like books, shows, or movies with supernatural elements try to cram too much supernatural activity into a short space. I liked that the level in Dandelion on Fire was manageable and not overwhelming.

What I Wished For:

// The curse. I loved the curse so much, I wish there were more examples of eerie things that happened around the island that could be attributed to it.

// Charity Hill. I hated her, but I was intrigued by her character. I’m curious about her motivations and the reasoning behind some of her behavior toward Hardy.

// Tate Vance. He seemed to show up at the weirdest times and he was noticeably absent in times that I thought he would be around.

// A second book. Oh wait!! I already have it!

Overall I really liked this book. The mystery and supernatural activity worked hand in hand to keep me interested and in suspense throughout the whole book. The bulk of the story is told through Hardy’s point of view, but chapters from other characters’ points of view are interspersed between Hardy’s chapters. The differing perspectives were done nicely and I didn’t get confused when switching back and forth. I actually thought it added to the story to hear from other characters every once in awhile.


 
 

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from Blue Ink Press in exchange for an honest review.*

T5W: My Wishlist

If you want to learn more about Top 5 Wednesday or you’d like to join in on the fun, here’s the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic: Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist

So here’s my wishlist: https://amzn.com/w/2MZ14YUWDB2JC

My list was severely diminished after my birthday so it’s not as long as it used to be. The five most recent titles are the only five books I’ve added since then. What have you recently added to your wishlist? I’m curious!