Reads & Recs // On the dreaded book rut

Do you ever have periods of time when you just can’t seem to sit still book-wise? When nothing you want to read actually seems appealing to you, and other things, like watching masses of Food Network, are infinitely preferable? Yeah, that’s what I’m going through now. I love reading more than I love most things (except maybe food) but there are these two competing aspects of my personality: one that loves to do nothing but sit at home and read, and the other that hates to be stuck in the same four walls day after day, and would much rather get all dressed up and do something fancy and/or adventurous.

Since around August, it’s been hard for me to sit still with a book. I’ve been restless, busy with a social life, and recently, overwhelmed with Christmas obligations (not complaining), traveling, and work stuff that’s been stressful. I began reading Edward Rutherfurd’s London in December, and only made it to page 400 in three weeks. Pathetic, Lisa. 😉

So in an effort to get myself back on track, here are the books I’ll virtually inhale during the month of January, and wish me heaps of luck! Because despite what it seems like here, I am a notoriously slow reader.


I’ll finish London, the epic historical fiction spanning two thousand years’ history of the city in the form of episodic stories involving the same half a dozen families. I’ll also read the slim The Ocean at the End of the Lane, a Neil Gaiman book that’s been at the top of my list for a long time, and then I’ll read Possession, a novel that Goodreads describes as “the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets…an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas.”

I think these are excellent picks for a long, cold January! What are you reading this month? Give me your recs!


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  • I enjoyed The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but what I recommend if you are in a reading rut is trying an anthology of short stories. Gaiman’s short stories are fantastic, and there is also the anthology Unnatural Creatures that he edited which is filled with a mix of older and newer stories with a supernatural element, that is a fantastic read if you haven’t read it yet.

    I haven’t read the novel Possession, but I have seen the movie version with Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Ehle made in 2002. The story made for a pretty enjoyable movie, and chances are, the book’s even better, so enjoy that read as well!

    Happy reading – you can do it!

    • That’s such a good idea! I did get an anthology of winter tales for Christmas, maybe I should try those! Thanks for the rec, this is what I needed to get back into it. 🙂

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