My reading for the month of October was the worst (in the sense of numbers) since I started keeping track eight years ago. (Er, also since I started blogging eight years ago. That anniversary has come and gone. Yay, me?)
The only thing I read was the In Death novella in the Mirror, Mirror Halloween anthology. It was good, objectively speaking, but I’m ambivalent about the good twin/bad twin trope.
I tried to read Rush Me by Allison Parr, a New Adult book that came recommended but it failed the 3 chapter test.
Other books whose samples I tried but discarded:
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
- Just Jorie by Robin Alexander
- Agamemnon Frost and the House of Death by Kim Knox
- Longbourn by Jo Baker
- The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero
- Parasite by Mira Grant
- King of Russia by Dave King
- A Spider in the Cup by Barbara Cleverly
I may eventually circle back to the bottom four on the list.
The only up side to this massive reading slump is that it is doing wonders for my budget: when I was reconciling bank and credit card statements for the month, my Amazon charges (primary source for print and ebooks) were down significantly. The only charges other than Mirror, Mirror and Rush Me were for some travel guides that were on sale for Kindle.
What have I been doing with my time instead? Reading fan fiction, including hockey RPF and original fiction, and Peter Grant/Rivers of London stories. I have Opinions about both fandoms but since I’m not writing and am new to both, I’ll just sit on my hands and bite my tongue.
Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out what to do with this blog. I don’t want to stop posting but since it is mostly about my reactions to what I’m reading, I am not sure how to use it when I’m reading so little.