Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I've got the book yips.

I think it's the apocalypse: I've spent a total of 3 hours browsing book stores lately and I haven't bought a single book. Is it inertia? I've been in a reading slump, so maybe a reading brain at rest is having trouble being anything other than at rest. But it's making me feel all itchy inside. Yip yip.

Maybe the problem is my nightstand, which looks basically like this:

(Okay, truth be told, I don't have a nightstand anymore, because the fact that my nightstand and Jason's didn't match at all was making me totally insane, so I moved it to the basement and got a basket, also known as collection-bin-for-all-kinds-of-crap. But this is a lovely little trunk in my living room, and on top of the books you'll see the best $12 I ever spent, which I'll tell you about tomorrow.)

Are you seeing the problem? ONE WORK OF FICTION. This is abysmal, people. Don't get me wrong: David Liss is amazing, and I'm tearing through this one just like the rest of his novels. But what happens when I finish it? I can't just read parenting books. It might kill me.

Oh, and I'm about a third of the way through Gone Girl  on audiobook. I'm really wanting to like it, but I'm not sure how it's going to sustain itself much longer without something big happening (other than, you know, the disappearance). Don't tell me, though.

There are a couple of books I've been eyeing, but I can't seem to pull the trigger. I even saw a bunch of titles I've bookmarked on Goodreads when I was wandering around my favorite bookstore on Sunday and I still left empty-handed. There is something wrong with me.

Chicagolanders: if you haven't been here, add it to your list. 
Also, save room for the bread pudding in their amazing little cafe.

So this ex-literacy facilitator needs a kick in the reading pants. Anybody else excited about Flight Behavior or Sweet Tooth? What else are you reading? I need some serious inspiration, or I'm going to be stuck watching way too many King of Queens reruns before bed. Again.


  1. This may come as a shock to you - but this is how I'm feeling lately. Hah.

    Except instead of reading lots of nonfiction, I've gotten sucked into reading YA fiction. I can't seem to focus enough to read giant tomes or heady fiction right now, so YA dystopia/scifi is it.

    I HIGHLY recommend Bossypants on audiobook, though.

  2. Well, you could switch to watching The Office reruns at night - that might help. :)

    Kidding... I've been in a Harry Potter mood lately, so I think I'm going to tackle that series again. I'm in the same boat as you though. I honestly can't remember the last piece of fiction I read. This Spring I read The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. It was pretty great.

  3. Well you already know what I'm reading hehe. Bossypants was a good read. I'd recommend that too. The last Fiction I read probably was Hunger Games. I've been stuck on Parenting/Crafting/Home Decor books lately.

  4. I know exactly what you mean. I took a hiatus from parenting books for awhile because I felt like I had read nothing else for almost two years, but now I'm stuck as to what to read next. Having a toddler in a screaming/tantrum phase doesn't mix well with the library/book store crowd either. Hmm...maybe I need to get back to the parenting books.

  5. Ha - King of Queens! Oh no, please don't. :) I just picked up a new book called The Elizabethans, but it's not fiction and it's bigger than I thought, and when I got home and opened it, the font was way too small. It might get returned tomorrow. The girls were screaming in their stroller and I had to make a decision pronto before everyone in the library killed me with their dagger-eyes.

  6. Just finished Flight Behavior, and I would highly recommend it.

  7. Have you read the new Erik Larson, In the Garden of Beasts? A colleague recommended to me and I hope to dig into it over Thanksgiving. Otherwise I just finished Wildwood by Colin Meloy (of the Decemberists) - it's YA fiction and quite enjoyable. And our book club recently finished The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling - it was a long slog but I really enjoyed it by the end.

    Or you could do what I always do between books and pick up your favorite Trixie Belden! Right now I'm reading #27 - The Mystery of the Ghostly Galleon.