I hate to say it, but I’ve got a ton of unread books in this house. Part of it is because I went to the RWA conference last year. The other part is because lately, it seems I’ve gotten pickier or something. That sounds so nose-up-in-the-air.
There was a time I’d read anything, finish anything; I called myself a book slut.
Now, not only does the story have to be really good, but I have to be in the mood for that kind of story.
Another bad habit I’ve gotten into is getting a third of the way through a book, thinking I know how it all is going to end up. And then I flip to the end of the book, and discover that it does end up exactly as I thought, I feel no need to finish the book.
And sometimes, I can even say that it is a talented book, well-worth the hype. I can even say that this or that is really refreshing, and that on the whole, the book has that special spark. And it’s even perfectly well done.
But I have zero interest in actually reading the parts of the book I missed.
Lately, nothing seems to catch my fancy. I very much want to read, but I find myself wanting things that don’t exist. Even as I wander through the whole of Borders, I haven’t been getting the spark of excitement I usually get.
I wonder if it is a condition of a writer, to crave books not written. Maybe that’s part of why we create, because we can write the story we crave, write exactly the story we’re in the mood for, write exactly the story we feel like curling up with and the characters we feel like spending time with.
Or maybe I just miss DH, and maybe everything is a little tainted with a lack of enthusiasm. Or maybe it’s a bit of both.
I just really want a story that I can lose myself in, that can take me away from my world, that can make me cry or laugh or inspire me or feel like spending time with some character-"friends" for a little while. I suppose, being in the mood I’m in, it takes a really powerful story to do that.
I just want a story that’s going to blow me away.
LOLOL ... I feel like one of those little kids who’s whining I’m bored!
Have you ever gone through periods like this?