Finding something to read

I used to read a ton. Like nearly a book a day. However, in recent years, I have had trouble finding anything that grabs my attention. I look for book suggestions, but it seems that I can’t find one’s that blow me away or take me to that place that I used to go to when I read.

A couple of days ago , I started a book that was on a site with a list of books you can’t put down. I like all kinds of genres and found several on this site that sounded interesting. I read one. It was definitely interesting. I would even recommend it because of how it is executed and the theme caused me to think about life. But… I wouldn’t reread it. Nor would I even list it as one of my favorites. Reading was more like, yeah I want to get through it, rather than, I can’t put it down.

I started on the second book from this list. I read the prologue and the first chapter. I’m not reading anymore. The writing was good, I’m sure the story is fine. But… it is simply too gory. The prologue was from the viewpoint of a child whose mother is killed in front of her and whose sister is then shot and buried alive. Chapter one is a school shooting. I’m done.

There is a fine line I tread to find books that I rave about. Ready Player One was such a book. So were the Ryria Revelations. And I’m pleased to say The Lady Sherlock series has recently been added to the list. But those books are finite, in that they end, and in the meantime, I search for other books to read.

Sometimes they’re great, but more often they’re meh. My taste. I’m sure the books are fine, but I want the magic.

–Gabi

Books I’m reading now:

Yeah, I ain’t telling you this time. Then you’d know the books I don’t like.

Did I say I was back?

Several months ago I posted that I was getting back in the game and working on my books. AND THEN THE WORLD EXPLODED! I hate to say I was lying when I said I was back because I wasn’t; let’s just say I was deluded into thinking I could. I have tried to write and have worked on books two and three of the MYSTIC series, but the words just don’t want to come. Part of it is definitely the state of the world, but to be totally honest there are two other factors.

What I’ve been doing instead of writing

Second factor (after the State of the World): My writing muscles have grown weak. I took a break last year from writing to evaluate if I wanted to continue in this (arguably failed) career of mine. Before other events and disappointments that affected my writing habits, I could easily write a novel in three months. But having a hiatus slowed me down. Now I’m lucky to get 500 words a day. I know what I need is to build up strength again, but it is exactly like saying you know you need to exercise every day. You know it, but that doesn’t mean you do it.

Another thing I’ve been doing instead of writing

Third factor: I’m still wondering if it’s worth it. (Whine coming, not wine, which might keep you reading). I haven’t had the success I’d hoped for when I started. Yes, I’ve had bad luck (seriously, I know writers all have been dropped by houses, etc, but my tales would turn your hair gray–they did mine, although that could just be age), but I put a lot of energy into getting the word out about the release of my last book, MYSTIC, with no real results. I truly believe it is a fun story but apparently I can’t seem to hit an audience with it or any of my past books. Even my editor is reluctant to release any more books from me with the numbers being so bad. I don’t blame her; bottom line it is a business. So it’s hard to muster the focus and enthusiasm to sail this ship further.

Last thought: Someone posted a question to authors: Who would you like to have read your book and write a comment/review of it? My answer–Ryan Reynolds. So, Ryan, if you’re reading this, contact me and I’ll happily send you a free copy of MYSTIC.

Books I’m reading now:

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

The Lady Sherlock Series by Sherry Thomas (Yes, the whole series. Book five comes out in November and you can be sure I’ll be getting it.)

Other books that I’ve listed on Book Bub and Goodreads. You can find me there!