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Discussion | Reading Slumps

Book Discussions is a weekly post where we discuss book-related things. This week in Book Discussions we talk about:

Reading Slumps

What are reading slumps? Readings slumps can be referred to many things at a time, but personally, I use it to refer to periods of time where I don’t feel like reading. Some would argue that reading slumps don’t exist simply because it’s up to the reader to decide if they’d like to read or not.

Regardless of what you call these periods of time where you don’t feel like reading, at some point, every reader goes through that phase. I’ve been through this phase several times and sometimes it’s hard to get out of these slumps. There are many reasons why a person gets “reading slumps”. Some attribute it to just being plain lazy, distractions or having not read many good books.

For me, I find that I get reading slumps after I’m read an okay book, or a bad book (though most of the time it’s the former rather than the latter). I tend to also get reading slumps where University comes ’round and there’s just too many academic readings to be done that recreational reading becomes boring.

So the question is: how do I get out of this reading slump?

The most common suggestions are to stop reading for a while and take a breather or read shorter books. I find these two suggestions to be the most useful for me, though I tend to try to keep the momentum going by reading shorter books.

Collections of short stories are usually helpful for me because you can stop after a few stories and there’s not rush to keep going. You can devour them slowly at your own pace and usually the short stories are not too long either. A. M. Homes’ Safety of Objects is a good example of this — I read it sometime last year when I had a reading slump and it worked like a charm. Though not all of the pieces were great, they were captivating and quirky, some even memorable till today.

However, the same didn’t work for me when I tried reading All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I couldn’t get into it at all and it felt like the pages were so long that I could hardly push myself through.

It’s a trial and error process, finding the books that can help you get out of that reading slump. Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a short story. The Duff by Kody Keplinger got me out of my reading slump as did Confessions of a Hater by Caprice Crane.

It’s not even that long into 2014 and I already have a reading slump. My solution? Reading books close to your heart. I’m currently re-reading Harry Potter after my good friend Cait posted quotes and bits and bobs from Chamber of Secrets. I immediately got Harry Potter on my iPad and began reading. I loved being immersed in the world of Harry Potter again and I’m glad it’s gotten me out of my reading slump.

Do you get reading slumps and how do you get out of it?

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Top Ten Tuesday | 2014 Debut Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we list our top 10 book-related things. This week, we’re talking about:

2014 Debut Authors I’m Excited For

This week’s top 10 is all about debut authors. Now, last year I participated in the 2013 Debut Authors challenge and failed miserably. This year, I’m hoping I fair a little better. I have this thing with “hype”. Often, when books are hyped about, I get excited and anticipate but would later find myself disappointed (last year’s instance was Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl). I’m glad I took my time to read John Green’s The Fault in our Stars — I was able to read without the stress or burden of needing to like it.

Here are my top 10 anticipated debuts of 2014:

1. The Murder Complex By Lindsay Cummings
2. Dear Killer By Katherine Ewell
3. Great By Sara Benincasa
4. The Truth About Alice By Jennifer Mathieu
5. Tease By Amanda Maciel
6. Say What You Will By Cammie McGovern
7. Something Real By Heather Demetrios
8. Breakfast Served Anytime By Sarah Combs

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Blue Is The Warmest Colour By Julie Maroh

Blue Is The Warmest Colour By Julie Maroh
Published Sept 3rd 2013 by Arsenal Pulp Press
Rating: 5/5

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Summary: Originally published in French as Le bleu est une couleur chaude, Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems average enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in her school. When her openly gay best friend takes her out on the town, she wanders into a lesbian bar where she encounters Emma: a punkish, confident girl with blue hair. Their attraction is instant and electric, and Clementine find herself in a relationship that will test her friends, parents, and her own ideas about herself and her identity.

First published in French by Belgium’s Glénat, the book has won several awards, including the Audience Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Europe’s largest. The film Blue Is the Warmest Color won the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Julie Maroh is an author and illustrator originally from northern France.

Review: This book…. I loved this book. Blue Is The Warmest Colour was originally written in French and later translated into English. It is also one of the best graphic novels I have read so far. Most of the graphic novels I’ve read are well, X-Men and I’m not going to deny it, I love them. I’ve read very few graphic novels that centers around original stories or memoirs, so this was a surprisingly excellent book.

I have to admit, I wasn’t too crazy about it early on. It was confusing for me and I had to re-read some of the pages a couple of times before I understood it. The story text were in cursive fonts, which made it harder for me to read on my iPad, but that’s just me — I can’t read cursive (well). The illustrations wasn’t brilliant, but they weren’t bad either. They were somewhere in between of simple and intricate.

What really caught me later on was the story. Clementine’s voice and story really tugged on my heartstrings. My heart ached, I wept and I fell in love. Clementine’s coming out story really touched me. The fact that she came out at such a difficult time where it LGBT was even more unacceptable made me feel for her more and root for her happiness.

Clementine’s love story was beautiful. And I highly recommend everyone to give it a go. Even if you’re not fond of graphic novels, this one is worth the shot for the story itself.

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Top Ten Tuesday | 2014 Reading Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we list our top 10 book-related things. This week, we’re talking about:

2014 Reading Resolutions

My reading resolutions for this year is fairly straight forward and looks somewhat manageable, which is good as I’ll be heading back to university this week. I think resolution #9 is the most important. I used to stress out a lot when I don’t hit my reading count or find myself in little slumps… it became more evident when I started the book blog when I tried to force myself to read to rush out more content.

It’ve come to terms with reading leisurely, and allowing myself to jot down my thoughts and feelings in a notebook (I have one specifically for book reviews) and updating the blog later on when I can. This way, I feel less burdened to constantly be reading and uploading. It gives me time to think about what I want to say and how I feel and even if I don’t update immediately, I’m encompassed them in my notebook so I won’t forget the key issues I want to talk about.

Here’s hoping 2014 will be a good year for me (and you!) for both reading and in life!

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