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Reading Fatigue

This is a problem I've been going through lately, and I'm hoping some of you might be able to help me out. Recently it feels like every book I read is mediocre, and I just went through a string of DNFs that didn't exactly help. It's as if all the amazing books in the world suddenly disappeared and I'm just having bad luck now...

So, what do you do when you experience reading fatigue? Do you have any recommendations for me of awesome books that should burst me out of this?


Kat Heckenbach said...

Breaking "Author Rule #1" here, but...

I've got a YA series out :). Well, the first two, so far anyway. ("Finding Angel" and "Seeking Unseen." You can find out more about them at

And, if that's just not going to work--I assume you've already read "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" and "Days of Blood and Starlight"? Those completely blew me away. (I do follow your reviews but I can't remember if I've seen those on here, sorry!)

An awesome novella (ebook available on Amazon) is Winter Rose by Rachel Marks. The writing is beautiful.

Just a list of others, both MG and YA, off the top of my head:

The Kneebone Boy
The Star Shard
Anna Dressed in Blood
This Dark Endeavor / Such Wicked Intent
The Raven Boys
Nevermore / Enshadowed
Imaginary Girls
Leviathan / Behemoth / Goliath
The Dragon's Tooth
Cabinet of Earths

OK, hopefully you'll find something on that list you haven't read....

Anonymous said...

I've followed your blog for a long time and taken a lot of advice as to what to read from your reviews. However, sometimes I agree that YA books can get a bit (or very) monotonous and uninteresting.

Some good YA books I've read recently (you may have read some, put the point still stands) are Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
by Peter Cameron, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

I think it really helps to take a break from YA sometimes too. E.M. Forster, J.D. Salinger and Jane Austen are both great writers, even if they're not YA. They take some getting used to, but they're really enjoyable. The same goes for books aimed towards adults like those by Jeffery Eugenides, Colum McCann or Toni Morrison.

I hope you find some good books! I know how annoying it can be to want to read, but not have any good books to read.

Stephanie Ingrid Sarah Kristan said...

Typically we either take a break and switch to movies/TV. (Recommended: Life of Pi, Perks of Being a Wallflower.) OR we switch the type of books we've been reading, like from YA to adult, from light to dark, from contemp to fantasy, etc. (More "offbeat" recommendations: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Cheryl Strayed, NEW HOUSE 5 by Andy Butler, IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? by Mindy Kaling.)

Hope you find something that reinvigorates you soon!

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