What Kind of Reader Are You?

The idea for this discussion popped into my head when I was thinking back to the books I’d read while preparing for a tag (I haven’t technically been tagged to do it, but I got inspired, so why not?).

That’s when I realized I really had to think about it. I had to go on Goodreads to look at books I’d read and look back to my lists of read books back before I had a Goodreads account. When I looked at my account and at the lists, I noticed that many of the books I had totally forgotten about (at the moment anyway) were ones that I had absolutely adored at the time!

This led to the conclusion that I tend to obsess over books (I used suffer through book hangovers quite a bit) and then read a new book and… Well, I don’t forget about the book, but my love for it diminishes.

For example: Air Awakens by Elise Kova. When I had just finished reading it I rambled on and on about how amazing it was, how it reminded us that we are human and a bunch of deep stuff that I won’t get into here.

Those things are still true—that book does represent the humanity we all have, but thinking about it now doesn’t spark the warmth I felt towards it before and though the ideas the book brought upon me were important, I feel that the book itself hasn’t impacted me all that much.

The put it all into a sentence: I am not the type of reader who will read a book and have it impact me for eternity. (At least that hasn’t happened yet. I really hope it one day will. And there are still books that I like to reread.) I’m the type of reader who obsesses over a book for a period of time, and then moves on. (Okay, maybe that was two sentences. Or five.)

Anyway, that’s the type of reader I am. I know there are many other types of readers out there. I also know there are many book bloggers and booktubers who have a certain book or series that has really influenced or impacted them, so they would mention them often or recommend them to everyone.

So. What reader are YOU?

 

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K-Pop

I confess: The main reason why I’ve fallen into a reading slump is because of k-pop.

I am aware that this is a book blog, but I have decided to post about this just because it’s different from the usual, and why not?

Anyone ever tell you once you join the fandom you can’t leave? Well, listen that person because whoever it is is incredibly wise. I’ve jumped down the rabbit hole and can’t get out.

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

End of February…

I was looking for new songs to listen to while reading (yes, I’m one of those readers who listens to music while reading—you’ll see in my Mystery Blogger Award post that I listen to music every chance I get) and suddenly discovered a song I had listened to a while ago: “Monster” by EXO. I remembered liking the song, so I decided to listen to it again. After that, all I did was play it on repeat.

By then, I hadn’t been sucked into the world of k-pop yet. I only was addicted to that one song. Then, I told my friend about it and found out that she was a k-pop fan. I’m fairly certain she was a k-pop fan in hiding because before then, she’d never uttered a single word about k-pop. She told me about EXO Showtime, which was a reality show of sorts (but much more interesting, hilarious, and contained no ridiculous drama—if you couldn’t tell, I am not normally a fan of reality shows because of their absolutely excessive drama) for the k-pop band EXO (obviously).

I was immediately hooked. Every time I watched an episode, it always ended with me laughing so hard that it hurt. Watching the show was my way of unwinding after a stressful day.

Because of the show, I was sucked into the black hole of k-pop. No escaping. Now whenever I have time to spare, I find myself watching all the variety shows EXO went on. Personally, I just think the members are all hilarious (even Suho, the “boring one”).

Also, I love EXO’s music. (If I hadn’t mentioned the music, this would have been a disaster. K-pop is a genre of music after all.) If you find me listening to music nowadays, it will most likely be a k-pop song.

Ah, I probably should not continue, as this may turn into one big post about my love for k-pop.

To relate this to books—I tried looking for books focusing on k-pop, but I found that many were not in English and others just weren’t good.

Don’t worry though—I think my reading slump is ending soon, so I’ll be able to get back to my books! (Just with the occasional watching of variety shows.) 😉

Anyone else a k-pop lover?


P.S. Can you count the number of times I’ve said k-pop in this post?

 

 

The Book Cleansing

If you’re worried by the title—take a deep breath and relax. It’s not what you think it is. I am not getting rid of any of my precious books.

Rather, I’m returning the enormous stack of library books sitting on my nightstand that have been abandoned for a while now.

A month ago I had been on an enormous fantasy and historical fiction kick, so I checked out a ton of books of those genres, preparing to devour them. Unfortunately, that was also when my reading slump started. And those two genres are not what you read when you’re stuck in a reading slump.

Now, I’m not necessarily in the mood for fluffy contemporary, but realistic fiction (I’m fairly certain there is a difference), or even—dare I say—nonfiction. (This is influenced by something that I will be the subject of my next post.)

I have decided that I will return all the books and start over with new ones. Of course, I plan on picking up most of them again one day (minus one I DNFed which I’ll get to later). But, just in case any of you are into fantasy or are curious as to what books I’m returning, here they are (I will be linking them to their Goodreads pages):

  1. Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
  2. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
  3. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  4. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
  5. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  6. Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra
  7. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
  8. The Muse by Jessie Burton

Let’s get to the book I DNFed. Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra. Me choosing not to finish it has nothing to do with the reading slump I’m in. There were many issues that I could not look past. I read just the beginning before I gave up on it.

The premise had me intrigued: A girl with a speech impediment that allowed her to only speak “normally” (as in without a stutter) if she mimicked another person’s speech, struggling to find her own voice.

That fell completely flat for me.

Let’s start with something that had me feeling disappointed. Of course, I do not believe the author intentionally made this the message of the story, but here’s what I got: the main character feels worthless until—*gasp*—a man finally decides he wants her! Then, everything is okay. Then she’s alright in the world. All she needs is her “knight in shining armour.”

Here’s a paragraph taken directly from the book:

Only look at the man, I wanted to tell her. Francis Thornfax was the delivering angel I’d longed for, the shining knight come at last to my rescue. I’d hardly dared hope that Daniel might be right—that Mr. Thornfax might not mind my deficiencies, that he might be immune to society’s disapproval. And now that I’d heard from the man himself, this confirmation of his interest in me. The darkness barred me from a clear view of his beautiful face, those guileless blue eyes, and that full shapely smile—and I was grateful for the darkness. I felt I might say anything, do anything!”

It’s lovely that the man could look past the main character’s deficiencies despite the way society thought in the Victorian Era, but honestly? It was awful that the main character was satisfied with the first man who accepted her (never mind the fact that he just happened to be incredibly handsome). She should have wanted to fight her own way to acceptance, not just depend on a man she’d just met! Perhaps a tinge of romance would have been fine, but the book made it seem as if romance solved everything. As if getting a man was the main character’s solution to all her problems. (At that point I was so frustrated that I wanted to bang my head against the wall.)

This brings me to my second point. The romance. I thought the book was supposed to include mystery, but it was so unbelievably slow-paced that reading even one page felt like ten and all I read until I gave up was about finding the main character a man and Mr. Thornfax.

Ah, well. That is the end of my rant. Apologies if this post turned out to be rather long, but I suppose you could count it as partly an update on my reading and a review of a book.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Reading Slumps

I am currently stuck in a giant reading slump which is why I have not posted in so long. How could I post about books when I can’t even get myself to read books?

Every time I pick up a book, all I do is read a few pages (not too willingly, I might add) and give up. Then I try again, and give up again. After this happened multiple times, I just gave up on picking up books altogether. I don’t think I’ve picked up a book in five days or more. *looks guilty*

I am now 3 (and counting) books behind my reading goal which is why I haven’t gone on Goodreads in so long—looking at the steadily increasing number of books behind I am is making me depressed.

I’ve heard in order to get rid of reading slumps I’m supposed to read a short, light or fluffy read, but I don’t usually read contemporary books until the summer, as I can’t get through them during the other seasons, so that hasn’t helped at all.

Now whenever I have time, instead of reading, I watch videos or daydream…

Even when I watch a booktuber’s video, I feel inspired to read a certain book, but discover I don’t have that book, so I fall right back into my reading slump.

So, I apologize for having not posted in so long.

I’ve tried everything, but nothing is working. 😦

Anyone else currently suffering through a reading slump? Perhaps we can get through it together. 📖