This summer was when I came out of my reading slump. At the beginning of the year I finally started reading books for pleasure again rather than because I had to, looking at Photography books is wonderful and researching subjects that interested me for my dissertation was fun too but since then, my main reading material has really been online.
Every time I used to read something would wind up distracting me, I’d end up watching TV or back on my computer, it’s not something I’m proud of and I’m not saying reading books is better or worse than either of those things but given that it’s actually something I like, it was a bit stupid that I’d denied myself something like that for so long.
A few of the blogs I regularly read, like Becky Bedbug and Vivatramp post book reviews quite often, and this kind of daunted me when it came to sharing this post with you. I wouldn’t say I’m a slow reader but sometimes these girls are reading a whole book a week, A WHOLE BOOK, at a normal pace it takes me at least a month.
Maybe I’ve not quite found ‘the one’ since jumping back on the horse but here are the 4 reads I’ve managed to squeeze in since the end of June.
The comparison of how good someone’s life can be online compared to how terrible everything can go in the real world was an aspect that I quite liked. There’s lots of commentary on how far technology could go and how damaging it could be to have your life online but on top of that it was just a good teen novel with plenty of thrills.
Exploring so many grotesque themes, it was a little more adult that I was expecting too and it does escalate very quickly but it’s also full of dark humour and social commentary (which apparently, I like). Set along a main narrative with short stories in between, I did actually quite enjoy it but felt the ending let it down because it just seemed like such a shrug after all the intense situations that the characters had been through together and shared with each other.
I don’t usually read non-fiction books for pleasure but this was really easy to get through – I even passed it on to a few people at work. I guess I really learnt that ‘psychopath’ is used so much in the wrong context in the everyday and you don’t have to be a criminal to be one, which is the creepiest thing.
I found there were a few historical references that I (shamefully) had to look up later but I really liked this fun story even if took me a little longer than I’d like to fully commit to it.
I felt it was right that I share my little accomplishment with you and figured it would be a good way to motivate myself to get back to reading more again, there are some great books coming out in the next couple of months too.
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