Do you ever find yourself picking up book after book that just does not speak to you or inspire you? The last two weeks have been like that for me. Which, in my book calendar, is a long time. I set a book challenge for myself on GoodReads to read 60 books in 2012 and I am on track to meet my goal so when I get stalled out on a book I get frustrated that I won’t reach my goal. I’m hoping that by talking (or typing as it were) about it will help me make a decision whether to abandon a couple books or not.
I’m about 75 pages into The Affinity Bridge which is probably the third or fourth steampunk book I’ve read this summer and I’ve been languishing to get through it. I did read a few reviews on GoodReads that suggest that it will pick up so I think I’ll press on with it.
I recently finished a YA steampunk novel called The Clockwork Angel which I found quite interesting. The beginning of the book was really scary creepy for a book deemed YA but it settled into a less creepy adventure story within the first 75 pages or so.
The one book that I just devoured this week was The Night Bookmobile which was an Audrey Niffenegger grown-up picture book, for lack of a better way to describe it. I absolutely loved The Time Traveler’s Wife when it was published but I’ve been tenative to read any other work by Audrey Niffenegger for fear that it will not live up to my grandiose expectations. Luckily, The Night Bookmobile was a genuinely delightful little read. Yes, it was basically an illustrated short story but it captured my heart and my imagination just when I needed it most. So, if you are looking for a book lover’s book, this is definitely it.
The other book that’s been slowing me down for some time now is the third installment of the Sebastian St. Cyr series called When Mermaids Sing. Its a mystery set in Regency England with some good historical details that at least seem accurate though a few might be a little out of time. The first book was quite gruesome but had some potential. The second book set up some intrigue in regards to Sebastian’s girlfriend (for lack of a better word) but the third book seems to be standing still plotwise. I’m about halfway through the book and I can’t tell if the plot is ever going to move along. The book has been given higher ratings on GoodReads than most of the books in the series so maybe I just need to keep reading in hopes that the book gains some forward momentum.
What do you do when you find yourself losing interest in a book? Do you put it down or power through it?