The Year in Books :: November

Arrrggh! The dreaded reading slump seems to be upon me!  Following on from a good September I seem to have fizzled out in my reading in the second half of October.  I did manage to read a couple of books at the very beginning of the month (one was tiny and lovely) but after that my reading mojo has gone walk abouts…

28th - Books

I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell to kick the month off and to see what everyone was talking about – I seem to see this book around and mentioned on blogs and youtube a lot.  It was a cute and easy read – and only took me a few days to finish.  I didn’t love it as much as everyone else seems to on, but it was enjoyable.  I might be tempted to try out some more Rainbow Rowell at some point, maybe!


The other book I read this month was Roverandum by J. R. R Tolkien.  As some of you might know I LOVE Tolkien, and this little book was a lovely little read.  It is very short and only took a few hours to get through, but it was a charming little story, and one that I am pleased to have in my Tolkien collection.  I was rather hoping it might inspire me to read a little more – it was around this time that I felt my reading slump come on – but so far I am not too fussed about anything on my shelves.  Which makes me a little bit sad.

I have been given a title by Radio 2 for Simon Mayo’s bookclub to read, so I am getting through that – but I am not really over excited to pick it up each day (and I am on a deadline to read it too which isn’t helping much!) and I don’t think it is helping me get out of the slump.  And in turn I am sure I am not doing the book any favours by gritting my teeth to read it!  I am sure it is a better book that I am thinking in current reading mindset!

Have any of you been in a reading slump?  I have had them before for a few days and a week or so before, but I have never really felt like I am not fussed about reading for as long as this before.  I wonder if I will be able to get out of it in time to read something good to share with you next month?!

I hope you are all reading something good, or if you are not reading so much like me, I hope you are doing something else that makes you happy instead!

Organdie. x


13 thoughts on “The Year in Books :: November

  1. The dreaded reading slump hit me a short while back – I put it down to reading The Goldfinch, followed straight after by Life After Life, both literary tomes! JoJo Moyes worked for me then Jane Shemilt’s debut novel ‘Daughter’ got my reading mojo working again 🙂

    Look forward to your Simon Mayo bookclub review… does this mean you’ll become a ‘celeb’ and have a video on his bookclub website??!!

    • I am looking forward to getting out of my reading slump soon – I have both your recommendations on my list to check out at the library at some point, but I am not even feeling the urge to pick up a book at the moment.

      No celeb status here I am afraid – just some thoughts read out on the radio I think! I have finished the book so I just need to get my thoughts together about it and send off something coherent (hopefully)!

      I have been hearing wonderful things about The Goldfinch – I haven’t read anything by Donna Tartt, but she is a firm favourite among some of my reader friends. One day, maybe!

  2. I’m undecided about Donna Tartt’s ‘The Goldfinch’, which at one point I almost abandoned. That said, I do find the story creeping into my consciousness from time to time – it certainly seemed to divide the critics into love it or hate it.

    • Interesting – it is always a good sign if you are still thinking about it afterwards I think. Strange when it happens with a book you didn’t think you liked much though!

      • It was more a case of the story seemed to slow down at about the 3/4 of the way through. Once I got past that point it picked up again, so overall I did enjoy it.

  3. Glad to see a fellow participants in Goodread’s reading challenge! My reading slump hit around mid-September, and unfortunately it’s still going strong… It’s partially because I’m so busy, partially because I lost interest in The Goldfinch when I was about 30% into it. I tried swapping to Stephen Fry’s latest autobiographical offering, I have read his previous ones and enjoyed them very much, but even he hasn’t been able to hold my attention. Have read (finished) 74 books so far, so I need to finish another 6 to meet my goal of reading 80 books this year. I might just give up on the 10 books I am currently some way into, and try one of David Walliam’s children’s books – I already have them on my kindle and I have loved the two I’ve read so far (Gangsta Granny and The Demon Dentist). His writing reminds me of Roald Dahl, so that would probably get me reading again! 🙂

    • Wow! 80 books! In awe of that challenge! I have not tried any David Walliams books, but when I worked in a bookshop a few years ago they seemed to be very popular. I have a hard time reading more than one book at a time, I always feel like I am neglecting one in favour of the other! I couldn’t imagine having 10 on the go at once… 🙂

      • Well I don’t read all 10 all the time – it’s more that I’m incapable of not finishing a book I have started, so I will keep trying to finish them even though in some cases it takes me years! I have tried finishing them all so I can read just one book at the time, but I just can’t seem to do it. It’s lots of different genres though, so it isn’t too confusing. 😉

      • Still impressive! I have to say if I am not enjoying a book, I give up. Sometimes I go back, but if I really think it is not for me I will pass it on to someone else who might enjoy it more.

      • I wish I could do that, I don’t really understand why I can’t. I’m the same with films as well, have to watch them to the end, even if I hate them. I have been known to shout at books, haha! 😉

  4. I am definitely in a reading void just now. I cannot keep my eyes open for any length of time. I do still listen to audiobooks, which I love. I read The Hobbit when I was too little and have never recovered from my Tolkien phobia. I might try to read the short book you mention to get over it. Have a lovely weekend. x

    • Roverandom is completely different to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings – I’d reccommend it! Audiobooks are lovely to turn to if reading is a bit of a struggle! Hope you have a great weekend too. x

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