Hey all, Dani here.
Wow, another post up a few hours later than I would have wanted, but I guess that happens sometimes. Actually, it’s happened quite a bit these past few weeks. I apologize for that. But sometimes I start prepping a post, but then don’t finish prep until after I get home…which is technically after my usual posting time.
Anyway, it is the first Monday of the Month and that means it is once again time for a Calendar Girls post.
Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was started by Flavia and Melanie, but is now being hosted by Katie and Adrienne. They are all wonderful ladies, and you should check out their lovely blogs. Oh, and if you go to either Katie or Adrienne‘s Calendar Girls post each month, they will have links to all the other wonderful book bloggers participating in this event.
First, more about the Calendar Girls. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers, and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl.
Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and both Katie and Adrienne will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!
Oh, and you don’t have to identify as female to join the Calendar Girls. We welcome readers of all types. So if this sounds like fun for you, join us in all of the fun bookish conversations.
Finally, the October theme is…
Book That Lit Your Way Out of a Reading Slump!
Okie dokie. So this is actually a pretty difficult topic for me, mostly because I don’t have reading slumps like other people do, or at least it doesn’t seem like it from what I’ve seen. When most people talk about a reading slump it seems like that means that they aren’t reading at all, or that they are only reading one book and it is a slow ordeal to get through it.
I felt like I was in sort of a reading slump in September, because I got the feeling that I hadn’t really been reading all that much, but it turned out that I read 22 books. That’s my weird usual for most of this year. I’ve been reading around 20-30 books just about every month, so a slump considering my current normal would mean me only reading 7 or 8 books. So, you know, that’s still a lot of books for most people, but for me it would feel really slumpy.
Considering all of that, how do I possibly pick a book for this prompt? Well, when I think about the books that give me a bit of a pick-me-up and keep me going when I feel myself slowing down, I think of old favorites–so books like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson or something like that, or I think of volumes of manga, because they are usually pretty darn entertaining and they can be read rather quickly. Other books to help me get out of a slower period of reading are books that I’ve been anticipating reading for a while.
Honestly I think the best sort of book to pick to get out of a reading slump is one by an author you know you love, so you already have a certain affection for the book and/or the contents before you even read it. Or you want to pick one with a story that appeals to you, one that either has a semblance of a plot that resonates with you or characters that you relate to.
So, while there are so many book options I could pick for this one, I think I’m going to pick one that actually helped inspire me to get a little more motivated on writing my own book again.
I loved getting the chance to read this book early. I flew through it, and I related to Shane’s anxieties and struggles so much. Yes, I do now own two copies of this book, because it blew through all my hopes and expectations. I followed Christine’s writing vlogs as she worked on this book, and so I was excited and nervous to read it. Was I going to like her writing? Was the book actually going to be good? Thankfully, I can say that yes, this book was a really good one, and I ended up flying through it.
So I definitely think it could be one to help others get out of a reading slump, if they found themselves dealing with one, that is.
All right, that is all from me for tonight, but I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.