- Over Easy by Mimi Pond
Reading: A natural History of the Senses by Diane Acherman, You Do You by Sarah Knight, Attack of the Fiend by Joseph Delaney, Arabian Nights, Best Loved Poems of the American People, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, The Empowered Mama by Lisa Druxman
What happened? That must be what you are wondering right now. I was doing really, really well. I was ticking away at the TBR and it was starting to feel somewhat manageable. Sure, I was checking stuff out still but whatevs.
What happened is that I was lulled into a book that wasn’t going to work.
Alright, for a while now I have been in the mood for a contemporary romance in a quirky small town. I would prefer a southern town but any quirky small town would do. So, I found a list that met these needs and I ordered a book from it. The series is only four books long and the town isn’t southern but I was definitely looking forward to it. I started it and the first chapter was great! I loved the main character, who was a pretty basic hot mess but I can relate, and I liked the love interest even though he drove a motorcycle. (Due to some personal shit, I am not a fan.) I read the first chapter in bed on Monday night and didn’t want to put it down…
I opened up the second chapter on Tuesday when I had some down time and… I read a page, then stared into space, then read a page, then stared into space. This pattern continued all week. By the time I sat down to read yesterday, I had averaged out to about 7 pages/day. Why? I wasn’t sure. I sat down to read and made it about five pages along before I realized that I had fallen into the trap: I WANTED to like it but I didn’t ACTUALLY like it.
It was a combination of things. The point of view flipped pretty randomly in one chapter and it threw me. There was one paragraph that was full of typos. The MC’s nipples “pebbled” which I found very disturbing for some reason. More than that, while the initial meet-cute was great, there was this very off-putting second encounter. There was no rhyme or reason to it and it went on and on in a way that was totally unrealistic. And, yeah, I get that it’s fiction and it’s romance, which is a little more open to serendipity, but come the fuck on. It was just a little much.
So, I put it aside. I put it aside and picked up my next book: a study of the senses. This book almost got returned before I even cracked it because my interest had waned. It was suggested reading in Simple Abundance in, like, February. I’d moved on. But it’s actually really enjoyable so far. I’ll stick to it and see what happens.
Real talk: I probably WON’T be reading a lot this week. It’s Summer Reading, which is the busiest time of year at work, and also the second season of Riverdale is on Netflix AND I’m like two seasons behind on The Ranch AND I haven’t finished my Star Wars re-watch. Life is so hard. It’s difficult to balance it all! I’ll get it, though. Slow and steady wins the race!