by Jarad Johnson
I have been trying to force myself to get through a book for nearly two weeks, and I’ve come to the realization that what I am reading is boring me. I’ve been on a fantasy/fiction kick for some time now, and I. Am. Bored. Unstimulated. Unmotivated. Banging my head against the wall.
I was going to attempt to get through it so that I could review it, but it’s not possible. I need to find something else and get out of this rut. This is something that happens to me, and I assume most readers, about twice a year or so. I just get stuck reading basically the same book and genre, and I get to a point where I need some variation. You’d think that I would learn from my mistakes year after year, but sadly that has yet to happen. Typical.
So, since I am at a point where I can’t keep going with the book I’m currently reading, and since I’m going to a bookstore tomorrow, I thought I would pop onto the blog and tell you what I want to read and what kinds of books I’m interested in. First and foremost, Virginia Woolf. If I can find anything by her, I’m going to buy it. I recently read an excerpt from one of her books for my Feminist Theory class. I’m completely hooked and I haven’t even started!
Also, the fact that I know she had an amazing garden makes me want to read her books even more. I was shocked to discover that I had never read her before. In hindsight it’s actually unsurprising, because many of my English professors seem to enjoy assigning the same white male authors from the canon. But that’s another post entirely, and a very long one at that.
I think at this point it’s a given that this blog loves Laurie R. King. In my zealousness to read every book that I have, ehem, “borrowed” from Julie, I now find myself with none left unread. So of course, I will pick up anything by her that I find.
Gardening is my newest interest (or obsession as some might say, but I prefer the term, “enthusiastic” thank you. Just because I bought 75 seed packets does not mean I have a problem). Any books that I can find on medicinal or Chinese herbalism, Japanese gardening, vegetable gardening or, let’s be real, any gardening book I will pick it up. Also, any book by Monty Don, the famous English gardener, will inevitably make its way into my basket.
Finally, any book in the horror/thriller genre will pique my interest. It may be spring, I’m always in the Halloween Spirit. Let me know if any of you have any recommendations. I will take them under advisement.
Jarad is the co-administrator and writer for Sacred Chickens, attends college at MTSU, loves tea and coffee, and tries to spend every spare second reading. He recently developed an interest (some might say obsession) with gardening. Jarad is an English major with a concentration in literature. Bless his heart! Let's all light a candle for him and send him happy thoughts!