Oh heckin’ heck.
The slump that sunk it’s teeny tiny claws into me in April grew some bloody teeth and bit down harder in May.
I said that April contained the grandest of book slumps but I was lying. I was lying to you, to myself and to whatever bookish deity that was shaking its head at me.
At least I maintained consistency. Sure, that consistency meant one book was read the entire month but hey, who’s counting?
I am! I am counting and I counted ONE BOOK. Again. For a hot minute it looked like I wouldn’t even be consistent with that and I was on track to read nowt.
It’s ok because the only way is up. Right? Guys? Right??
What Happens Now? is an ARC due for release in August which I read in May because I needed something light and fluffy which contained the nutritional value content of a stamp. ARC review is pending.
If I thought April was not a good reading month then May was even worse. I read one book in April and one book in May but at least I gave the April book 3 stars (The Confessions of Frannie Langton). Unfortunately What Happens Now? was a 2 star read for me and didn’t quite free me from the slump.
Maybe two books?
I’m determined to make June a better month. Absolutely determined.
At this stage two books would be double my current reading rate so I’ll take it. Four books would be even better but if I’m honest, let’s not get too excited.
Ok, let’s get excited anyway.
I am in fact, currently reading a book. Phew.
So here we go, June’s crazy plans:-
- Once Upon a Curse: 17 Dark Faerie Tales by Various (I’m currently reading this one so that’s something)
- The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal (an ARC for May that I should have read by now)
- Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke (an ARC for July that I’m actually super psyched to read)
- The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (part of my Mini Magic Challenge)
Cross all your fingers and all your toes and pay homage to the keeper of the books.
I’ve been working an excessive amount again but things should hopefully be turning a corner as we now have a temp coming in to help us for six months. I’m hoping this will actually help with the reading slump as one of the reasons I haven’t been reading is because my brain has been nearing burnout.
It was my lovely husband’s birthday in May and so I treated him to a nice steak dinner and a shopping trip in Portsmouth Gunwharf Quays!
A while ago I may have mentioned that I was participating in the NYC Short Story Challenge where you are given a genre, a subject and a character and then have to write a 2,500 story in 8 days.
I was given comedy, incompetence and an astronomer and was very pleased to have been placed 3rd in my heat for my story ‘Stars’ where I then advanced to Round 2.
For Round 2 I was given spy, disorganization and a computer programmer and had to write a 2,000 story in 3 days. Unfortunately I didn’t advance to the final round but I placed 5th in my heat and received an Honorable Mention for my story ‘The Spider in the Hive.’
Spy genre is 100% not my thing. I don’t read it and I don’t even watch it for TV or movies so I feel like I spent the first day researching the spy genre and all that entailed! Because I really cant get into the spy genre I twisted it a bit and made it spy-fi: spy fiction with a science fiction lean.
I would have loved to have advanced to the final round but I’m so chuffed to have been placed 5th with that HM – especially with a genre that I don’t even like! I’ve received feedback for my story and I had such fun doing it that I’ve signed up to the NYC Flash Fiction Challenge which starts July!
Last but in no ways least building work has started on our house. We’re getting a new conservatory and doing our dining room because it hasn’t been done for a million years. I’m guessing.
This is what is looks like at the moment – not so pretty but we have plans 😉
I’m hoping that everyone’s May’s went better than mine but it does seem that I’m the outlier with this particular month.
Let me know what you’ve got planned or if you’ve read the books I’m planning on reading and what you think of them!