Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Really Really Bogged Down

Note to self: Posts about why you are not blogging are really boring for readers.

Nevertheless I feel compelled to give an update. I am currently reading three books: Wolf Hall (by Hilary Mantel), which is 560 pages, Faithful Place by Tana French, merely 416 pages, and A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin, a whopping 1040 pages. I have already explained here why I can't read ADwD in bed so that is relegated to whatever time I can spare during the day (which isn't much). The other two are just dragging. Last night, instead of reading either of them, I played Boggle* on my smart phone. That is a bad sign.

I supposed I could blog about Methland, which I finished a few weeks ago. Look for that post in a few days. Don't get all excited, though, because it wasn't a very good book. I will probably just dismiss it in a few peremptory sentences.

*Technically, Bogged! a free Boggle-like game with a crappy dictionary that accepts almost any combination of letters as a "word." I've resorted to just randomly clicking on letters to see what it will take. For example, last night it took "ers," "kae," and "gink." What do these words even mean?


Ruthiella said...

Sorry to hear you are in a slump. I would suggest varying your reading diet with a shorter book, but those can drag too, can’t they? I really liked Wolf Hall and looked forward to reading it each moment I had the opportunity.

I have only read Tana French’s In the Woods, which was ok. I did like it, but there was so much exposition on the personal lives of the detectives that got a little in the way of my reading.

Margo said...

Take your own advice here... there are too many books out there to spend time reading ones you don't like (or re-reading ones you already read). Three candidates for the dreaded abandoned tag?

globeonmytable said...

Time for a reading free week? Even at university I would come across unreadable books on my list. I just dumped them! Who cares how famous they were?

Or jump to the last 3 pages and see if the ending is spectacular.

I have reading indigestion at the moment. Twitter, news and blogs are good, but I will take back my library books untouched.

Lee said...

I really liked Methland, so I look forward to reading your thoughts about it even though it looks like you don't share my opinion.

Citizen Reader said...

Oh, sometimes you get bogged down but you still feel compelled to finish certain books. I get it. My husband thought more could have happened in ADWD--he thinks Martin is really dragging it out--so I'm sure that one's a challenge.

And oh no! You didn't like "Methland"! I'm kind of sad--I thought it was an interesting read, although there were some problems with it. Can't wait to read your review!

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