2 Book Lovers Reviews

Help!  I’ve fallen in a rut and I can’t get out!

Do you ever find yourself in a reading rut? 

Me to the book:  It’s not you, it’s me.

I hate being in a book rut.  I usually have about three of them per year.  Yes, I really have given this topic some thought.  When the holidays roll around, I usually rub my hands together in glee at the chance to read whatever my little heart desires, however, it’s this time of year that I usually find myself deep in a rut.  I like to think that I’m pretty good at picking out the perfect book at the perfect time.  I’m the girl who spends most of her dedicated reading time picking out my next book.  I know what I like and what I’m in the mood for, but sometimes the book that I choose just doesn’t hit that sweet spot – doesn’t give me everything that I wanted and hoped for.  It’s maddening when you know that you should love a particular book, it should be right up your alley, but it just doesn’t click with you.  When I get into one of these funks it makes me wonder:  Do I read too much?  Am I getting too picky?  Could it be time for a change?  I will sometimes pick a book in a different genre, in hopes that it will be a palate cleanser, so to speak.  I’ve had a modicum of luck with this.

When a new book comes out that everyone - and I mean everyone - is raving about, I want to jump for joy and one-click that beautiful book right away.  I love seeing my fellow readers, friends, and bloggers getting excited over a new gem in the reading world.  I want to get excited with them, but there are times when even the tried, tested, and true aren’t putting me in my literary happy place.  As a reader, this just frustrates me.  I want to read, bask in the words, creativity, and story that the author has written.  I want nothing more than for that story to consume my thoughts – even when I am not reading it.  Are my expectations too high?  Probably.  I’ve experienced five star nirvana on many occasions, and it’s a feeling that I will continue to chase.

In a perfect world, every book would be a five star read.

​​​I don’t want to know!

Do you want to know how a book is going to end before you even read it?

I don’t.

I know that there is a lot of turmoil in the world we live in.  I like to read in order to escape the real world.  It’s a nice reprieve to enter a fictional world and lose myself for a while.  But do I want to know if  a book is going to end with a happily ever after?  Nope.  Oh sure, I may secretly hope that the characters that I’ve spent the last three hundred pages with get to ride off into the sunset, but I don’t want to know that everything is going to work out for them before I’ve even started reading the book.  On several occasions, after reading a few synopses, I have decided not to buy certain books that claim to have the coveted HEA.  In my opinion, what’s the point of reading a book if I already know that it’s all going to work out in the end?  Why should I care about all of the drama that the characters are going to be faced with if I already know that they’ll smooth it all out?  I don’t want to know.  I have been so excited to read a book, only to read at the top or bottom of the synopsis that it will have an HEA.  Noooooooo!  I may be in the minority here, but I find that those three little letters – HEA – are the biggest spoiler for any book.  

Why isn’t Gary sexy anymore? 

What ever happened to Mary and Bill?  Why don’t they have that passion anymore?

Gone are the days when Pete and Janet ripped each other’s clothes off in an insatiable frenzy. 

I’ve been noticing this for years now, but it’s always just stayed at the back of my mind…until now.  The characters in the novels that I read no longer have ordinary, average names.  Are the normal names just not as attractive anymore?  I understand that authors want their characters to stand out amongst the crowd.  They want their readers to remember them.  I get it.  I’m fine with the unique names, really, I am.  Give me a Jackson that’s spelled Jaxon, and it’s all good.  But when and why did it all change?  My husband has a common name, and I still find him appealing.  What’s going to happen to my son in a few years?  We named him a pretty ordinary name…will he forever be single?  Never mind…I’m okay with that!  

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