Goodreads’ slogan is “Meet Your Next Favorite Book.” This is because it is a wondrous site filled with the opportunity to network, observe and read all about books. There are discussion groups, friends lists and review upon delicious review of any and every title out there. There are quizzes, games, giveaways. It is a heavenly place for bookies. When you are feeling bookish. When you are feeling bitter, not so much.
I have been out of sorts with my reading groove lately. Baby Sammy sees to much of that. My hectic workload is also hogging too much of my free time. Warm weather months dictate a more active, outdoor schedule with the remaining free time, leaving me about 1 or 2 hours a week to read these days, if I’m lucky. So I want that tiny little reading window to be filled with high quality entertainment. Instead, I have been left feeling stuck with characters that don’t engage my sympathies, plots that don’t entice or language that lulls me into an early evening of dozing off.
I poke around for recommendations on book blogs, Goodreads and popular sites/publications. I receive offers from publishers wanting to send me free books to read and review. And nothing out there has me interested. Nothing. It all sounds the same. I can’t find an original plot, concept, creation out there. Similar variations of the same old same old.
I’m being belligerent here, I know. Not everything is the same. Oh sure, it all revolves around the same common themes humans have been writing about since cave drawings. But just as we are all unique from each other, so then are our experiences of those common themes. We are what make them uncommon. But right now, it all seems like drivel.
I need to find something that will blow me away. And I need it to land in my lap. Because I don’t want to spend my 2 hours a week looking for a new favorite rather than reading it. So help me out, dear readers. Any genre. Any length. What’s your recommendation? And how did it arrive in your world?