Those of you who check this place regularly may have noticed that I have been…well, mostly absent, for the past few weeks.
Without going into detail, life is sucking out loud at the moment.
Among other things, I’m in the midst of the worst reading slump I remember–ever.
I have not read anything new since the last TBR Challenge book I reviewed, Boots & Bagdes, sometime mid-May. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I haven’t been able to read anything–at all–since mid-June.
For someone who usually reads four to five books a week, this has been hell.
In desperation, I looked up audiobooks.
This signals true desperation for me, because as a rule I don’t enjoy them–sometimes is the narrator’s voice, sometimes the emphasis is not where I think it should be, etc.
Most often, though, is that I simply lose track of the action, and end up listening to the same passage several times. Which pisses me off.
To avoid being any more pissed off than I already am, I looked into re-reads. The upside is that I found that the In Death books, narrated by Susan Ericksen, are quite excellent.
I listened to a half dozen or so in the past ten days, and finally today I managed to read an actual, honest to goodness book: almost four hundred pages, hardcover edition, Celebrity in Death. And, glory hallelluiah! I enjoyed it so much, I started composing a review.
Unfortunately, said review will never be written, let alone published.
I promised myself, back in October of last year, not to buy any new books by Ms Roberts, nor to review any of the many, many novels of hers I have.
I definitely have enough sins on my conscience that a small one more or less would probably make no difference, but I’m sticking to my guns on this one–as much as it pains me.
Still, with any luck, the reading slump from hell is broken, and I may be able to start reading and reviewing again. And perhaps that will lead to some actual blogging around here.