I had really bad reader’s block last week– you know, where nothing I read interested me and I couldn’t find a single book I wanted to actually read and everything was terrible. I tried to ignore it by playing some video games1 but eventually I got worried enough to Try Something.
A few months ago I listened to an episode of Books on the Nightstand that talked about what to do if, like me, one was struck with the inability to finish a frickin’ book. One of the suggestions was to read short stories, and hey! I just happen to have this here book of retellings from Book Expo America.
It worked! I read a few of the stories (keeping track of them on Goodreads), went to the library to grab a few Terry Pratchett books, and now I’m back on my reading groove! Yay!
So, what am I currently reading? Well, Rags & Bones, of course, slowly but surely. It’s not just retellings of fairy tales; it’s retellings of ANY classic story, like The Man Who Would Be King, for example. It’s got some big name authors in it, too, including Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Kelley Armstrong, Rick Yancey and Garth Nix. It comes out in October, so pre-order it now!
I’m ALSO reading Countdown City by Ben H. Winters, the sequel to The Last Policeman which I read last month (and liked). The series is a good blend of mystery/scifi/horror, which is great because sometimes you get tired of your regular “the world is ending and woe is us” kind of books, y’know? Sometimes you want a apocalypse WITH your standard murder mystery, in a world where you pay roughly $1000 for a cup of coffee.
So that’s what I’m reading this week. And now all I have to do is try to catch up on my reviews! I’m about a month behind, which is…bleh. Time to write some shorter ones, I guess?
What are you reading this week?