Sometimes a Book Slump = Daydreaming About Reading

by REBECCA, January 28, 2013

I’ve been in a bit of a book slump lately—starting books and never finishing them, not feeling super excited about the books I’ve been been getting from inter-library loan . . . just a little mid-winter lag, I hope. Still, for some perverse reason, being in a reading slump just makes me doubly excited to daydream about the next books I’m going to read. I dunno why; just one of those things.

So, here are five of the books I’m most excited about reading . . . as soon as I de-slump. All plot descriptions are from Goodreads.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen Lucy Knisley

1. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (forthcoming April, 2013)

I like Lucy Knisley a lot, especially her Parisian food/art/angst memoir, French Milk (review HERE). So, when I heard that Knisley has written a whole graphic memoir about food, I got excited!

“A vibrant, food-themed memoir from beloved indie cartoonist Lucy Knisley. Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original inventions.”

A Face Like Glass Frances Hardinge

2. A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (2012)

This book sounds crazy-magical! I want to read it out loud with my sister!:

“In the underground city of Caverna the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare — wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair or fear — at a price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell’s emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed.”

Openly Straight Bill Konigsberg

3. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (forthcoming June, 2013)

Contemporary YA that promises a compelling story about sexuality and identity.

“Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write. And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time. So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn’t even know that love is possible.”

Frost Marianna Baer

4. Frost by Marianna Baer (2011)

I have three things to say to you: frost, boarding school, and bizarre!:

“Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school starts with a cruel shock: Frost House, the cozy Victorian dorm where she and her best friends live, has been assigned an unexpected roommate—eccentric Celeste Lazar. As classes get under way, strange happenings begin to bedevil Frost House: frames falling off walls, doors locking themselves, furniture toppling over. Celeste blames the housemates, convinced they want to scare her into leaving. And although Leena strives to be the peacekeeper, soon the eerie happenings in the dorm, an intense romance between Leena and Celeste’s brother, David, and the reawakening of childhood fears all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. But does the threat lie with her new roommate, within Leena’s own mind . . . or in Frost House itself?”

Kelley York Suicide Watch

5. Suicide Watch by Kelley York (2012)

You may remember that last month we did a cover reveal for the lovely Kelley York’s new novel, Suicide Watch! I loved Kelley’s first novel, Hushed (review HERE), and am super excited to read Suicide Watch. Check it out:

“18-year-old Vincent Hazelwood has spent his entire life being shuffled from one foster home to the next. His grades sucked. Making friends? Out of the question thanks to his nervous breakdowns and unpredictable moods. Still, Vince thought when Maggie Atkins took him in, he might’ve finally found a place to get his life—and his issues—in order. But then Maggie keels over from a heart attack. Vince is homeless, alone, and the inheritance money isn’t going to last long. A year ago, Vince watched a girl leap to her death off a bridge, and now he’s starting to think she had the right idea. Vince stumbles across a website forum geared toward people considering suicide. There, he meets others with the same debate regarding the pros and cons of death: Casper, battling cancer, would rather off herself than slowly waste away. And there’s quiet, withdrawn Adam, who suspects if he died, his mom wouldn’t even notice. As they gravitate toward each other, Vince searches for a reason to live while coping without Maggie’s guidance, coming to terms with Casper’s imminent death, and falling in love with a boy who doesn’t plan on sticking around.”

Do you ever have reading slumps? What do you do to get out of them? Any magical books I should add to my to-read list once the slump de-slumpeth? Tell all in the comments.

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7 Comments

  1. I’ve been reading a lot, but I’m in a blogging slump. Which I intend to rectify tonight. Dude, Frost looks awesome, as does Openly Straight.

  2. The cover of Relish is adorable! And I want to read Openly Straight, too – thanks for featuring them both.

  3. Margalit

     /  January 29, 2013

    My strategy for dealing with reading slumps is to watch old BBC crime drama. Delightful!

  4. I used to hate reading slumps. One “meh” book and I’d be turned off reading for a few months (because that’s how long it took for me to give up on the idea of finishing a book I clearly had no desire to keep reading). But now I look forward to them. I’m a writer now so hitting a slump makes it easy to pick my writing over reading. 😛

  5. You don’t want to know how long my reading slump has lasted (hint: there’s a book I bought when I was wearing shorts and sunscreen that’s still on my nightstand). I need help too!

  6. Thanks, y’all! I’ve read so many good things about Melina Marchetta but never read anything by her; maybe I’ll give it a go.

  7. Ooo, OPENLY STRAIGHT and FACE LIKE GLASS sound awesome. Thanks for telling us about them!

    We definitely hit reading slumps sometimes; doesn’t everyone? Most recently, Melina Marchetta was able to break us out, with JELLICOE ROAD and FINNIKIN and FROI. Also, sometimes rereading old faves helps. Or switching to short stories or nonfiction for a while.

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