It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (2/8/16)

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I mentioned last week that I’d hit a bit of a mini-slump. Well…it’s now morphed into a full blown slump. I didn’t love the one book I finished last week and then I got mired in a sampling swamp. I sampled Sweetgirl, The Sound of Gravel, and While the City Slept without anything sticking. There’s a decent chance I come back to The Sound of Gravel and While the City Slept at some point, but I didn’t like the narrator’s voice in Sweetgirl, so I probably won’t revisit that one.

I finished reading…

Work Like Any Other, Virginia Reeves


Work Like Any Other
 by Virginia Reeves (March 1, 2016)
I liked the writing style in this debut, but there just wasn’t much of a story there. Mini review to come.

I’m currently reading…

Quiet, Why They Run the Way They Do


Quiet
 by Susan Cain (January 24, 2012)
I’ve been meaning to read this book about introverts forever. It’s proving pretty fascinating, but long-winded. We’ll see how I feel when I’ve read more than a quarter of the book.

Why They Run the Way They Do by Susan Perabo (February 16, 2016)
I requested this short story collection from NetGalley on a whim thanks to Tara at Running N Reading’s recommendation and really liked the first few stories.

Upcoming reading plans…

Basically, I’ll be killing time until the February releases I’m looking forward to (Tender, Why We Came to the City, and The Blue Hour) come out on the 16th.

A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin


A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin (August 18, 2015)
This short story collection got rave reviews last year and I thought it would be a perfect fit for the short amount of time I’m likely to have between finishing my current books and digging into February 16 releases. I can always read a few stories and come back to it…or push back the February 16 releases if it’s that good!




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43 Comments

  1. Hope the reading slump is short-lived. Maybe Quiet will pull you out if it, nonfiction sometimes works for me. A Manual for Cleaning Women looks really good!

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    • admin wrote:

      That was my thinking when I picked it up (Quiet)!

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  2. I hate reading slumps and hope yours doesn’t last long. I know a lot of people have loved Quiet but I’m not convinced I need to read it.

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    • admin wrote:

      I’m really enjoying parts of it, but it feels drawn out. I’m skimming some parts that don’t interest me as much.

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  3. Sorry nothing is grabbing you right now. I had a similar experience the end of January, and all it takes is one good pick to get the ball rolling again, so hopefully one of these will do it for you!

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    • admin wrote:

      It’s the worst, right?! Why They Run the Way They Do is going great…not sure it’ll be a 5 star read, but 4 for sure!

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  4. Nothing blows more than a reading slump 🙁 I went through that a few weeks ago.. I hope you come out of yours soon! Thanks for sharing your reads — some I haven’t heard of before, but I want to give some of them a try.

    Happy Reading!
    Punkie @Fluttering Hearts Reviews
    My It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Post

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    • admin wrote:

      I know, right? But, I guess it makes the streaks all the better 🙂

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  5. Naomi wrote:

    Oh no! I just read a glowing review of Sweetgirl over on Rory’s blog. Hmmm. She did say that not everyone would like the dialogue – is that what it was?

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    • admin wrote:

      Yep – I read that this morning. And it made me want to give it another shot! We’ll see.

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  6. Gina wrote:

    I hear you on the slump front! I can’t wait to read A Manual for Cleaning Women. And I can’t WAIT for Forty Rooms.

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    • admin wrote:

      I need to check out Forty Rooms…I’ve been hearing about that one!

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  7. If nothing is holding your attention right now, it might be a good idea to just take a break from reading and focus on other things (tv, movies etc). After a few days off you’ll start to get the reading itch again and books will be more appealing 🙂

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    • admin wrote:

      Ha – doing that right now with The Bachelor! I can’t break away completely though…I feel totally lost if I’m not reading something.

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  8. Losing your reading mojo is horrible, and I’ve been there a few times this past year, including just last month. I didn’t touch a book for 3 weeks! This month I’ve been going the sampling route too, but it’s funny, I don’t consider any of them to be DNF; I believe I will go back to them and finish them someday.
    I have The Sound of Gravel, and hope to read it this month. Too bad you couldn’t get into it. Have a good week ahead.

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    • admin wrote:

      I agree – a sample doesn’t equal a DNF necessarily. Like I think I’ll probably go back to The Sound of Gravel.

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  9. I had a major reading slump in January as well. It’s the worst! I hope something will grab you soon! I really liked Quiet, and it helped me (an introvert) deal with Kid #1 (a total extrovert). But I did skip parts that I found long-winded. I am first in line for the library copy of Tender. I hope we both will love it!

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    • admin wrote:

      I’m definitely finding the kid stuff interesting, but my kiddos are pretty young, so I’m having trouble classifying what I think they are. I’m skipping stuff now and that’s working better 🙂 Yay for Tender – release date can’t come fast enough!

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  10. Judy wrote:

    Here is hoping Feb is a better reading month for you. When I hit these slumps I read mysteries and thrillers. May I suggest Beside Myself by Ann Morgan. It will either cure you or kill you!

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  11. Sharlene wrote:

    Ugh hope you get over your reading slump soon! I usually turn to graphic novels and comics to get over that! For me, the best part about Quiet was reading about introverted children, as my older child was definitely a very sensitive baby!

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    • admin wrote:

      I’m enjoying the stuff about children too! And – unfortunately – I’ve never really been able to get into graphic novels or comics 🙁

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  12. Kathryn wrote:

    Oh dear, a full blown reading slump! They happen I think to most of us from time to time. Sometimes I think put al books away and do something else entirely until the urge comes back!

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    • admin wrote:

      Taking your advice with The Bachelor right now!

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  13. Carmen wrote:

    I too read mysteries and thrillers when in that situation; it usually works. I am reading a February release obtained from NetGalley titled Breaking Wild; it is a survival story in the Rocky Mountains with some insights about marriage thrown in for good measure. Its writing will probably not win awards but the story pulls you in from the beginning. So far I’m liking it a lot.
    Another February release I requested from NetGalley was A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin, but I can’t remember what is about. I have yet to read it.

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    • admin wrote:

      I’ve heard good things about The Doubter’s Almanac from my reading twin! And, I really liked his America, America.

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  14. Kay wrote:

    Hmmm…reading slumps are the worst. That being said, sometimes they are like a re-boot. You may come back with renewed vigor or something. I’ve heard such good things about Quiet – I have it on audio and one day I’ll get to it.

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  15. Shaina wrote:

    Ugh, slumps are the absolute pits. 🙁 I’ll try and send you some of my good reading mojo! Here’s hoping something new breaks you out of it—I’ve read quite a few glowing reviews for A Manual for Cleaning Women!

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  16. Yvonne wrote:

    Hope the slump passes soon!

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  17. I hate book slumps. 🙁 I hope it picks up for you. I’ve been wanting to read A Manual for Cleaning Women since last year, but it wound up pushed back even farther on the backlist. I hope it pulls you out of your slump.

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  18. Athira wrote:

    Quiet keeps getting on and off my list. I want to read it because I am an introvert but I can’t imagine that there would be a whole lot to say on the topic. Do you think it will make a good audiobook?

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    • admin wrote:

      Hmm…I think it might be a little dense for audio. But, I have trouble with audiobooks in general 🙂

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  19. Catherine wrote:

    I have Quiet and thought the same thing! In fact, I only got 1/3 of the way through and then it just made me tired. Maybe a sign of a true introvert?!

    I want to read Cleaning Women as well. And Tender is just that…really lovely prose about college coming-of-age. So much of it rang true for me. Namely what idiots we are at that age.

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    • admin wrote:

      Ha!! I’m skipping sections at this point. I want to finish it b/c there’s some fascinating stuff in there, but a lot of filler that I don’t care about.

      And – SO glad to hear Tender is great. I’m in dire need of some “lovey prose” right now! Looking forward to the 16th.

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  20. I caved and bought A Manual for Cleaning Women over the weekend, so I’m planning to get to it soon, too. Maybe that will be the winner for us!

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    • admin wrote:

      That would be fantastic – in dire need of one! Per Julianne, chances are good 🙂

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  21. Sorry you’re in a slump, obviously they’re no fun, may be take a break from reading? For some that helps, Hope your week gets better!!

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  22. Ugh slumps suck, I hope you find something to defeat it soon.

    Have a great reading week

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  23. Andi wrote:

    I’m really hoping I like A Manual for Cleaning Women when I get around to it. Definitely going to see if my library has it since I’m pissed off at book buying right now. Here’s hoping Quiet keeps you interested. I have the ebook and liked the first bit, but I put it aside when I was in a slump.

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    • admin wrote:

      Quiet definitely has dragged a bit…but there are enough fascinating insights in there to keep me reading. I’m just skimming parts I’m not as interested in now. Fingers crossed for Cleaning Women – I’ll be starting it soon!

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  24. Very much looking forward to what you say about the Susan Cain book. I found it slow going at first, but eventually ended up finding quite a bit to like in it.
    Good luck with the slump! Wonder why we all slump so frequently lately with all the reading material around. Perhaps that is the problem–our heads are turned too frequently by more alluring books that don’t turn out to be much better than what we had been reading already?

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    • admin wrote:

      I agree that it’s slow in the beginning. I’m almost halfway through and am skimming the parts I’m not as interested in. But there are some fascinating nuggets in there!

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  25. Trish wrote:

    I can see how Quiet could be a bit long winded. I listened to the book and since I kind of maybe tend to zone out every once in a while, I miss some of the details or repetitiveness. 😉 But I did get a lot out of the book and hope you enjoy it as well. The more I learn about introverts, the more I feel like my life makes so much more sense!

    Happy reading.

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    • admin wrote:

      I started skimming some of the tedious stuff and stuff I wasn’t interested in and that made it better. Am really glad I read it and it did get me thinking a lot. Realized so many of my husband and I’s early marriage growing pains centered around me being an introvert and him being an extrovert!

      I do wish she’d gone into introverts and motherhood…not raising introverted children, but how being an introvert can impact mothers.

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