Stuck Between a Book and a …nother book

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I have a lot of books I was really excited to read not too long ago, but now I can’t concentrate on any of them. Dissolution by CJ Sansom, The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Gideon’s Corpse by Preston & Child, River of Doubt by Candice Millard, Death Star by Steve Perry and Michael Reaves, and Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines sit patiently on my TBR table. I feel like my brain is too tired to fully appreciate them right now, even though they all sound wonderful. Thank puppies for Mary Janice Davidson! Betsy and Sinclair are just the zany company I need.
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Who are your favorite authors that you can just read and enjoy, when your brain is full? (You know, books that are like infomercials or old movies, where you just curl up and indulge. The paperback equivalent of your favorite ice cream. A unicorn chaser, if you will.)

P.S. Undead and Unworthy is a book I never, ever would have read on my own without a friend’s recommendation. :-) I’m so glad I listened to her.

14 thoughts on “Stuck Between a Book and a …nother book

  1. If I am ever in a rut and/or just need a good comfort read I can always go back to the original Stainless Steel Rat trilogy (published under The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat). It gives me a thrill every time.

    I can also generally go to Gaiman short stories or Susanna Clarke’s excellent collection “The Ladies of Grace Adieu”.

    I can also fall back on the Han Solo books by Brian Daley . These I also read first in my youth and, like Harrison’s ‘rat’ books, will take me away every time.

      • The passion for reading brings with it perpetual state of deficiency and we should try our best to accept that. I type this mostly for myself as I just spent part of the morning in that blissful agony that comes when you are nearing the end of a very good book and you have scads of others clamoring for your attention like a bunch of eager young students bouncing in their seats, waving their arms in hopes of being called upon. (Do students act like this anymore, even when they are young?)

        • ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! …..augh! that’s funny, you mention this experience. This between books blues actually causes me a lot of stress.

          • It’s exactly the feeling I experienced after reading Wool. It was so good, I enjoyed it so much that it almost spoiled any immediate books that I picked up after – so, I reverted to a series and went for Butcher which revived me.
            Lynn :D

  2. Nice mug, Kat!
    The Dhampir series was filling in ‘twixt and ‘tween the others, for a long while. Before that it was the StarDoc series, and before those, Linnea Sinclair’s space romances. Now, I’ve got this strange longing to re-read The Seventh Scroll by Wilbur Smith. Truly a sensational thriller of eye-rolling delight.

      • I think I need to do a post about this series, but I’m not sure there’s enough thought there to post about. It was a fascinating meta-reading experience (that’s not the right word. I was thinking about myself reading while reading).

        • The only reason (outside of too many other books to read) that I’ve avoided picking up the first StarDoc book is that I feel a compulsion to read more of James White’s Sector General novels first. I enjoyed the first one and have two or three more on my basement shelves.

  3. I guess the kind of book that I can just settle into reading between books is probably one from a series – where you already know the characters. Jim Butcher’s Dresden files could easily fit that description or any of the other series I read. I also guess a reread of a favourite book always springs to mind as well.
    Lynn :D

    • That’s true, a series or a re-read, where you’re already familiar with the world-building and the characters. Meeting everybody for the first time is a lot of work. These are more like going to lunch with a bunch of people you already know.

        • I guess reading a book is like meeting new people – sometimes you have to try really hard and there are pregnant pauses, other times the conversation just flows and you have an immediate connection. But revisiting your old friends is always good. You can’t help thinking, and saying, why don’t I do this more often!
          Lynn :D

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