Thursday, August 26, 2010
A Book Slump
August hasn't been a good reading month for me plus I have writer's block. I can't seem to write a decent post. I hope it's because I'm pregnant and I've been suffering from intermittent morning sickness. I'm now in my second trimester and feeling so much better. I hope I'll be inspired to write again soon. I think it would help if I read something good. This doesn't usually happen but I've abandoned two novels this month - Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and The Passage by Justin Cronin. I have to read Atlas Shrugged for my book club and it's a painful and tedious read at 1000 plus pages with minuscule font. Of course it doesn't help that I'm not a fan of Ayn Rand being familiar with her philosophy and her life story and having slogged through The Fountainhead a few years ago for another book club. From what I've read about her, she seems like a horrible person. I tried to persevere but unfortunately (or fortunately) I have too many more interesting books in my To Be Read pile.
The Passage meanwhile was incredibly riveting for the first 250 pages before it completely turned around. Part two jumps a hundred years to the future and is filled with a gazillion new characters. There's just about enough people to make my head spin. I've put it aside for now and I plan to continue it at a later date but I certainly need a break. I want a good book! I'm off to buy Mockingjay, the third part of The Hunger Games trilogy. I can't, can't wait!!! This is just the right book to get me out of my book slump and hopefully my writer's block.
I'd love to hear what you thought of the books I mentioned. Should I continue with The Passage? Does it get better later on? How about Atlas Shrugged? Has anyone read it and what's your opinion of the book and Ayn Rand's philosophy? I'd love to hear from you. My book club meets in a week and since I didn't read the entire book, it would be worthwhile to know the views of other readers.