Learning to Embrace The Reading Slump


I never understood the ‘reading slump’. I didn’t understand how all the sudden someone who loves reading so much, just doesn’t feel like reading. For example, when I get sick of a TV show, I just move on to the next one. So why, would I have a problem moving on to the next book?

And then, I had a huge reading slump. It lasted about six months. SIX. MONTHS. How? Well, this is my understanding of what happened. I’m really just pretending to understand, I still don’t understand  But, I’m going to  try my best at explaining it. Apologizing in advance because this probably won’t make that much sense, but it’s the most sense I can make of it at this time.

The slump hit me at a weird time, I was getting my feet down on this blogging thing. I was reading more than I have, ever. I was the most excited I’ve ever been for books. Then, BAM!

Brain: I don’t want to read
Me: Okay, let’s take a little week break.
*one week later*
*picks up book*
Brain: not that one
*picks up a fantasy book*
Brain: no
*picks up contemporary*
Brain: no
*picks up graphic novel*
Brain: no
*picks up comic book*
Me: WTF is your problem? Whatever
Brain: figure your shit out
Me: What?
Brain: …
Me: um hello?

These past months all I’ve basically done, has been figuring myself out. I realized things about myself, my character, my future. I asked myself “what do you want?”  and for months I couldn’t answer that question. I guess, I didn’t know enough about myself at the time to give myself an honest answer. Which sounds insane. I live in this body. How do I not know myself? I pretty much had a mini life crisis and my brain malfunctioned. That’s the only explanation that makes remotely any sense because I felt like I felt go of everything. My hobbies, friends, interests and for a long time I was just existing. Unsure of what it was that makes me happy and knowing that, what I was currently doing wasn’t. I had to force myself to weed the bad stuff in mind and start listening to what my conscious is telling me.

So that brings us here. Eight months later. eight months? I thought you said six shhhh. I have a greater understanding of what I want out of life. I gained a drive to make my dreams and desire come true. And I’ve reestablished my relationship with reading. I can say with certainty that books, make me happy. And I’m not ashamed to say that, anymore. Books play a fundamental part of my life, and how I make sense of the world. With every book I encounter, my horizons widen. I’ve realized that I also need to have a personal reason to why I’m reading certain books. One of the reasons that caused my slump, was that I was forcing myself to read certain books at certain times. Now, I know that I have to listen to myself on what to read and when to read it, other than outside forces imposing books on me.

All in all, this experience allowed me to evaluate why I do things and what is the purpose of having those things in my life. I was able to self reflect on myself, and grasp at an better understanding of myself. I now have an idea of what I want to shape my life into, and I’m ready to climb mountains to make that happen. Reconnecting with reading, was so refreshing because I was able to fall in love with reading again. And fall back in love with this bookish community. Which is all I could ever ask for. So, at the end it wasn’t so bad. I was able to embrace it, and see what happened. I truly believe that many of my perspectives shifted and hopefully it was for the better. Fingers crossed.

If you have any thoughts on reading slumps, self-reflection or if I really confused you. Don’t be shy and leave a comment for we can discuss or I can clear up some things. Have the a great day and thank you for reading this!

Best 2015 books so far…

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted on the Broke and Bookish is on the best books you’ve read so far in 2015.

So since, I’ve only read 18 books so far this year, I thought the Top 10 was unfair so I narrowed it down to my Top 5 books.

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P.S. I Still Love You – This was one of my most anticipated books of 2015, and it delivered on so many levels. It finished the story off beautifully.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters – I’ve been slowly going through this series, and while enjoyed the first two.This one blew my mind, I loved everything breathtaking word that Laini Taylor had to say.

New Favorites

A Court of Thorns and Roses –Being honest, I like Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, but I am not completely in love with them. But this one was so wonderful. It took me by surprise, how much I ended up loving this book. And the cover is amazing so double points.

This Shattered World –As I said in my review of this one, the first one didn’t knock my socks off. But this one made me love the series, past characters, new characters and future characters. I’m so excited for the next one!

Never Never-I picked this one up because it was too mysterious to not be curious about, I read through both parts, in one sitting and I am DYING to know what happens next.

Link your TTT for I can it check out! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts?

Review | Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Published: May 4, 2010 from Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4/5

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer.

Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel.

Enter Roger.

An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

This was such a great book to get me into the summer mood. It was lighthearted and witty while driving in a meaningful message about self forgiveness. I loved that they were visuals from the road trip, it made the book feel even more real.

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Review | How To Win at High School

How To Win at High School
Author: Owen Matthews
Published: March 3, 2015 from HarperTeen
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4/5

Adam Higgs is a loser, and he’s not okay with it.

But starting as a junior in a new high school seems like exactly the right time to change things. He brainstorms with his best friend, Brian: What will it take for him to take over Nixon Collegiate? Adam searches for the A-listers’ weak spot and strikes gold when he gets queen bee Sara Bryant to pay him for doing her physics homework. One part nerd, two parts badass, Adam ditches his legit job and turns to full-time cheating. His clients? All the Nixon Collegiate gods and goddesses.

But soon his homework business becomes a booze business, which becomes a fake ID business. Adam’s popularity soars as he unlocks high school achievements left and right, from his first kiss to his first rebound hookup. But something else is haunting him—a dark memory from his past, driving him to keep climbing. What is it? And will he go too far?

How to Win at High School’s honest picture of high school hierarchy combines with an over-the-top, adrenaline-charged story line, and Adam’s rocket ride to the top of the social order (and his subsequent flameout) is by turns bawdy and sweetly emotional.

I had so much fun with this book. It was funny, fast-paced, and very unpredictable. All thanks to Adam Higgs, who wants to take over his high school with using the movie Scarface as a guide. Adam starts out as an nobody, but it’s he’s junior year and he wants to fix that. Adam wants to be popular like his younger sister, and older brother. But Adam doesn’t just want to be popular, he wants ‘god’ status, and he’ s willing to do anything to get it.

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Waiting on Wednesday | Their Fractured Light

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme host on Breaking the Spine.

Their Fractured Light By: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

  their fractured light   Final book in Starbound trilogy

    A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck-now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker known in Corinth’s underworld as The Knave of Hearts. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide

Release date Decem. 1st, 2015
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Why it needs to be here already:

Um. That cover. It’s everything I dreamed it would be and more. I want it in my hands now.

I’m so excited to be continuing on with this world. It’s so complex and even though the last two books did answer questions, it left me with butt loads of questions and scenarios on how everything can go wrong in this one. I really love that they switch main characters in each book but it’s always a gamble. Tarver and Lalic were okay, and I loved Jubilee and Flynn so I’m just hoping I’ll love these new ones. Actually they aren’t exactly new because we got glimpses of them in the second book. But that doesn’t really count.

I am so ready to see how this one ends, and we’re still six months out. Who has a time machine?

What are you guys waiting for? Are you excited for Their Fractured Light?

Review | Red Queen

Start to Red Queen Trilogy
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: February 10, 2014 from HarperTeen
Genre: YA fantasy
My Rating: 3/5

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

There was too much hype. I truly think that if I didn’t go into this book believing all the hype and expecting it to be this wonderful masterpiece, I would of enjoyed it way more than I did. It kinda makes me sad, because the concept is so up my alley and usually I can deal with corny writing and stuff like that. But I just couldn’t look past anything with this one. My brain was constantly on full critique mode. Continue reading

Review | The Winner’s Curse

First Installment in The Winner’s Trilogy
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Published: March 4, 2014 from Farrar Straus Giroux
Genre: YA fantasy
My Rating: 5/5

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.


So I’m going to be honest here. I gave this book a five star rating because when I finished it I thought it was well deserved. I still stand by my rating but it’s one of those books where you just have to ride with it. Now that I look back on it, there is many aspects that were perfectly fine for me but for other people it can be very irking. So if you go into this book with an open mind and just embrace it, you’ll most likely end up enjoying it.

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Next time I disappear please, slap me in the face.

I probably deserve to be slapped in the face. I always say to myself that I’m going to start to get organized on here but that never happens. I try to promise that I’ll post weekly and that never seems to stick. But after I’ve been away from the book blogging community, I find myself missing it. A shit ton. So I’m not giving up on this blog just yet. I just ask you to bear with me. While I get my shit together.

I thought it would be weird if I just started blogging again, so this is me saying… 

Review | This Shattered World


Second Book in Starbound Trilogy
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Published: December 23, 2014 from Disney-Hyperion
Genre: YA sci-fi
My Rating: 5/5

The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.


I absolutely loved this book. Which was a welcome surprise because I thought the first one was just okay even though I did enjoy it, I just didn’t fall in love with it. This Shattered World changed that. I fell in love with the world, the writing, the characters (Tarver and Lilac included). Everything was so beautifully planned and executed, rich and detailed. I just devoured this book.

Okay so even though I fell in love with this book, that doesn’t mean it’s without flaw. The beginning of the book came off a little peculiar. I had no problem with how it started, but what I did have a problem with was how the romance started. There’s such a strong-willed chemistry between Jubilee and Flynn which I loved. But how it started, man… I just couldn’t. I felt like they weren’t addressing any of the issues at hand correctly. That Jubilee was locked up for two days and when returned back to base, all of her morals and beliefs were thrown out the window. I just need better clarification of why, it felt like she had a little dose of Stockholm Syndrome.

Even though the romance had its flaws, it still made up to be a beautiful one and the message behind it really made up for the rocky start. I love their banter and how they both saw things in each other that they themselves didn’t even see. I love how there were so many unsaid things, but they just seemed to understand. And as a reader, it made for something real which helped make their world seem more lively and real.

The dual perspective worked out wonderfully in this book. You get to see how they were and acted when they weren’t near each other. Being able to see their relationships with other people, gave more complexity to their characters. Where you didn’t get that from the first book in the series.

Another thing I liked better in this book was the chapter separator thingy they did. Instead of it being a part of dialogue, it was these small glimpses of a scenes that are hands down the most beautifully written part of this book. Even though they didn’t make any sense until the end.

 Overall, this book did wonders for this series in my eyes. Which I haven’t decided if that was a good thing or bad because I’m stuck here until December without the next one. I don’t think I’ll survive that long.


5 stars

Have you read this one? What did you think about it?