Hello, guys! It's quite a rarity for me to start my post writing in English, but since my other blog has remained dormant for more than 4 months and is most likely to be so for God knows how long, I've decided to write this post entirely in English for a change.
Some of you may be wondering how my reading is coming along because this is a book blog for God's sake, and sad to say, I've been hopping from one book to another without finishing any since March 6. I repeat, I haven't finished a SINGLE BOOK in the last 2 weeks. I picked up four books and bit a teeny bit of each in the meantime, but none of the books caught my interest strongly enough to keep me going.
I don't know exactly what the direct cause is, but one thing I can say is that either I wasn't in the right frame of mind to read those books, or, my mental strength (does that make any sense?) for reading especially fiction has deteriorated significantly - my attention span has become much shorter as I got deeper into reading news articles which tend to be on the short side and in which you can at least have a closure in a certain length of time. What I mean is, say, there's an article that claims 10 minutes of your time to finish reading it. In those ten minutes, the story comes to an end. The said article may or may not have follow-up reports or articles, but whatever the case is, each article has its own conclusion and cloresure which is not the case with fiction.
As oppose to news articles, most fiction books tend to span over 300 to 400 pages - or even more - and in those 300 to 400 pages, you don't have a real closure until you reach the end. You may have small closures here and there, but in most cases, those small closures lead to another plot-twist and the story keep developing unitil you reach the very last page, the very last sentence.
Before I move on, please do note that I am not arguing which is right and which is wrong; I am merely stating my own frame of mind as of today, as of this very moment. I might change my tune the very next day, and I think that's totally fine. You read whatever you want to read, that's nobody's business to meddle in.
I am just saying I haven't been able to read fiction presumably because my attention span has gotten quite shorter thus my patience runs out in the middle of a story build-up, before a plot thickens and gets really interesting. As you see, it's my own problem, that's that.
Those four books are the unfortunate ones; I started those books thinking "oh, this might be interesting and this might be the book that gets me out of a reading slump!" but alas, they didn't :(
Then again, the issue lies with me, not with the books. Bear that in mind.
I picked up this book just because it's written by a CNN correspondent and anchor, Jake Tapper. I read 6% of the book and then drifted away for some reason. There were a lot of name-droppings and perhaps that was the reason why. I think I'll come back to this book because a mystery/suspense against a political backdrop seems to be right up my alley!
I DNFed this book because I just didn't get along with the heroine, Cassie. I agree she has a traumatic experience of beign fired from a job that everyone covets for, but keeping that fact from her parents and her bulldozing her way to prove she's still competent regardless just don't agree with me. In addition to that, the chat-up lines from a possible love interest is just lame and criche, I'm not in the mood for romance, thank you very much LOL
I was 3% in this book when I put this back on my shelf. I simply drifted away, I'll come back to this later. I promise!
This is the latest in my DNF list - I decided to put it back on my "want to read" shelf this morning. I was 36% in the book. There's no particular reason to DNFing this book. I was more inclined to read more heavy, serious books like non-fiction.
Now, you may wonder what I am reading at present - and here it is!
This may come as a surprise to most of you - but I have never read this book even in Japanese. I have heard of the title, but this is the first time I've read this book. I'm 6% in the book right now and I am surprised to know how Anne is actually a chatty girl (she is actually chided by her teacher for being a "chatterbox") despite living under a very very strict regime where Jewish people were stripped away their fundamental human rights.
I have a feeling this is going to be the book that truly breaks my reading slump and gives me a sense of accomplishment for finishing a book at last.
Thank you very much for putting up with my lengthy rambling and musing as always.
What did you think of my post today? Would you like more of this kind of stuff? Or would you rather I didn't? Let me know your thoughts! LOL
Sakura cherry trees started to bloom here in Japan. The Hanami season officially kicked off and we can expect a lot of craze going on in the coming weeks!
Stay healthy and positive wherever you are, hope you all have a wonderful day!