Today’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump
We’ve all been there — wanting to read but just not being able to. We keep trying book after book and nothing can hold out attention or keep us turning pages. I’ve had weeks and even months where I’ve barely finished any books. And then diving back in turns up book after book that I end up putting down.
So what do you do?
You keep trying. And you seek out book recommendations from other readers.
Here are books that I think are great ones to pull you out of that reading slump, that will keep you reading and turning pages until the wee hours of the morning and cause you to head into work in the morning with big dark circles under your eyes and the grogginess that might just make your coworkers wonder if you’re a little hungover.
For Romance Lovers
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
I really, really like this book. I’ve read it in paper back and in audio. It is a book I could reread forever. You can see my non-spoilery review here. The Hating Game centres around Lucy and Joshua who are executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Shoved together when the two very different companies merged, Lucy and Josh cannot stand each other. So they play weird little games in their shared office. Staring games. Insult games. They never actually communicate. And yet… when they are both up for the same promotion their worlds implode a bit and the hating game intensifies into something even stranger.
For Mystery Solvers
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
I adore Kate Morton books and am so excited that she has a new one coming out this fall. The Forgotten Garden is both a contemporary mystery and an historical mystery told side by side. A lost child, a life-changing secret, an unexpected inheritance. Nell, Cassandra, and Eliza’s stories intertwine. Kate’s books are all about secrets and families and more.
For Historical Readers
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This book is beautiful! It is heartbreaking and inspiring. It is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose stories intertwine during World War II. It won a ton of awards, including a Pulitzer. It is stunning. I don’t know what else to say about it other than it is amazing. I read it in two days. I could not put it down.
For Sci-Fi Peeps
Starflight by Melissa Landers
Are you a fan of Firefly? This book felt like a reincarnation of that lovely little show about a ragtag crew on a spaceship. Complete with lots of shenanigans, romance, enemies to lovers, a whip-smart female mechanic, and even space pirates! You can see my review here.
For Thriller Folk
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Have you heard of the podcast Serial? Told in alternating chapters of a true-crime podcast just like Serial and the point of view of Sadie herself, this book chronicles the mystery of what happened when seventeen-year-old Sadie disappeared to find the man who killed her sister. Her aim is justice. But she’s been missing for over a year. So what happened? Did she find him? Who was he? SO, SO, SO good. Possibly the best read for me of 2018 so far. See my review where I fumble to say how god this book is.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Vivian lives in a small town where the high school football team can do no wrong. Except that they do, all the time. The guys can get away with anything. The girls, nothing. She’s sick of it. Inspired by her mom’s Riot Grrrl past, she starts making zines to rally the girls in her school and fight back against the patriarchy. This book is all about friendships, relationships, self-esteem, and full of characters learning and growing. AND – the zines Viv makes are all included in the book! I loved this book.
What books have pulled you out of a reading slump?