Remember when I was doing NaBloPoMo? Yes.. I know.. The thing is: I love the idea of the challenge. I love sharing the feeling of having to post something with Hannah and Amy. I love how all three of us seem to slowly rediscover out blogging muse. However, the fact is, my last post was 5 days ago. I am running over with post ideas, but I have not been able to find the time to write them. And no, this is not a case of “surely, you tell us you do not have time, but you can discover 30 minutes somewhere?” This is a case of not wanting to run away from social engagements, having to excuse myself, because I need to blog. Part of me really feels that way, I need to blog & share. Part of me just sits down in front of a computer screen and the words do not come to me. At all. So please, excuse me my few post-less days, and I will try to do better during the 10 days of November that still remain.

Meanwhile, what have you been reading? Perhaps you can inspire me to choose my next read (I keep starting and abandoning books within 10 pages).

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  1. Word Lily

    Ohh, I hope you find a good book soon! That sounds so frustrating! What I’m reading now probably won’t help you, though: I’m reading In the Woods by Tana French.

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    1. Iris Post author

      I loved the quote you posted of that. Sadly, as you mentioned, I’m not sure if crime is the best option for me, as those are often the most challenging books for me.

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    1. Iris Post author

      Aw, thank you! Amy and Hannah have actually managed to keep up with the post-a-day though, so they’re doing better than me. But the actual post-a-day wasn’t the point for me, so tht’s good.

      I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the Pullman retelling of Grimm’s fairy tales, because I put it on my Christmas list and am desperately keeping my fingers crossed that my parents will figure out how to use internet sites for book orders :P

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  2. Jenny

    I just got through reading Gillian Flynn’s first novel. It…was really grim. But before that I was reading Marisa de los Santos’s first two books, Love Walked In and Belong to Me, which are completely luminous. Maybe try Love Walked In?

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  3. zibilee

    Don’t feel bad Iris. I always give up on challenges, that’s why I rarely ever join one. As far as reading and blogging go, I have been slow and bit decrepit in that area. I’m working on it though!!

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  4. Amy @ My Friend Amy

    aw I’m glad you feel like NaBloPoMo’s been a success even if you haven’t been able to post everyday.

    Ugh to the reading doldrums. I”m reading Lilith but I don’t know if it’s a good book to break such a thing because it’s way out of my comfort zone!

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  5. Bookgazing

    NaBloBlah always sounds exhausting to me, but well done everyone for writing things down at all :D I am having such a bad reading spell right now, the only things really doing it for me are fast and punchy but also excellent in some way. So I recommend Feed if you haven’t read it already, it’s got zombies and pace, plus it’s really smart about the world and people.

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  6. Charlie

    Seems like it’s given you pressure you don’t need, especially if you’re also not reading much. The number of posts you have written are great by themselves :) I’m currently reading The Last Empress by Keith Laidler but can’t recommend it, it’s as though no proof-reader saw it.

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  7. therelentlessreader

    I just finished Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman and just started Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan.

    Cut yourself some slack :) You’ll come out of your slump when your mind is good and ready :)

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  8. The Literary Omnivore

    If social engagements are important, they’re important. Carve out time as you see fit—you are the mistress of your own destiny and your own priorities! :)

    I just finished Wildthorn, which was awful, and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which has given me “Tom Wolfe is sitting in my brain and narrating my life” syndrome, so that’s definitely a success.

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  9. helen

    Dear Iris, if you’re feeling uninspired do come over to my blog and do the meme – I’d have given you a Liebster Award proper but I think you have about 300 billion followers so don’t qualify!

    As for what I am reading, I am wallowing pleasurably in The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit, entirely on the recommendation of Florence at Miss Darcy’s Library who mentioned it in an interview with Simon at Stuck in a Book.

    Good luck with reviving the blogging spirit, and remember, this is supposed to be fun! Give yourself a break if you think it will help.

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  10. Kailana

    I missed one day. I just couldn’t get near my computer! Otherwise I did some major scheduling at the beginning of the month that gave me a buffer… And your reading sounds like the last 3 or 4 months for me!

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