Chatterbox: It’s Not You, It’s Me [Poll]

May 22, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Chatterbox, Features

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So I’m still recovering from being sick last week, and I’m reading The Girl at Midnight and I’m halfway through. I’m enjoying the writing, the beautiful New York setting, and Echo’s snark, but help! I don’t think I’m taking anything in.

I also read Split Second by Kasie West on the weekend and couldn’t even tell you what happened there. Is it because I’m sick and I have brain fog? Is it the book’s fault that it’s not engaging me? Or is it because I’m probably not in the right mood for it?

I don’t blame the book though, because in all other cases, it totally seems up my alley. But I need to review it, and I don’t think it would be fair if I pushed through without taking anything in. But I’ve come so far, about 60% of the way through, so I don’t know whether to continue and struggle with my review, put it down and pick it up when I’m better, or to do something else *gazes longingly at Netflix*.

Does anyone else relate to this, in particular those of you in reading slumps or simply have a lot on your mind? Would the right book be able to pull you in and break through the fog?

I’m sorry book, but it’s not you, it’s me.

What should I do with my book?

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What do you do when a book just isn’t engaging you?

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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62 responses to “Chatterbox: It’s Not You, It’s Me [Poll]

  1. Usually when I don't like a book I either DNF or just tell myself to come back to it. When it's a reading slump or I am just busy with other stuff I quit forcing myself to read and just do something else and more easygoing, and then pick the book back up again afterwards.
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  2. Romi

    I agree with the majoirty, Jeann! Binge Netflix!
    I'm so sorry you've been unwell! I have, too, and I haven't read anything for, like, a week, which is distressing but less so since I can't get my head around books right now. Too out of it. Eh. Hope you're better soon, and here's a Nexflix rec: Arrested Development. It's *kind of* splendid. xx
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  3. When I'm sick I often can't get into books. But when I'm not sick, I sometimes can't get into them either! Still, I'm recommending ALL the Netflix until you feel better. Which I hope is soon!

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  4. Aw, I'm so sorry to hear that! I haven't read The Girl at Midnight yet, but so far the reviews for it seem to be pretty mixed, so it's probably not your fault. I've felt that way for a lot of books as of late; like, I'll be marveling at the story and the beautiful writing, but the book still seems to lack that essential oomph that makes it truly enjoyable. (Looking at you, Meet Me at the River. T_T)

    I say don't force yourself and go do something else you'll enjoy! If you push on it might just make you hate the book, you know? Maybe get back to it when you're done binge-watching all the things on Netflix. 😉 That's what I'd do anyway, haha.
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  5. Faye M.

    Hehehe! I can definitely relate to this one. I've had so many books that I felt just wasn't for me the past few weeks that I put them all on hold. I oftentimes just go back to them a second time around and it oftentimes work for me! Just get better soon, girl, watch all the flicks and give them another try! If it stil doesn't work, well 😛 there are so many more books in the world to immerse yourself in!
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    • Hehe thank you Faye, I'm so glad I picked up the White Trash Zombie series, because then I realised hey it's not just me.

  6. LET THE BOOK GO I SAY!!!! I feel you, girl at midnight did not wow me entirely either. Whenever I'm in your position, I ditch and move onto something else. I used to persist but I've been enlightened and tbh there's only so much time in the world, spend it with something you actually enjoy!

    • I ended up pushing through, and I was not impressed. Yeah, I mean The Girl at Midnight was like SO similar to DOSAB? Even that plot twist was like :S

    • Yeah, that\’s very true. I ended up pushing through after a week\’s break, and I still didn\’t end up connecting with it. Thank you Amanda! 🙂

  7. I'm going through the same thing at the moment with my current read. I just can't connect with it, so it seems to be dragging. Doesn't help that it's over 600 pages as well. The problem is, that if I put it aside, I'll never go back to it and I've read over 150 pages now too. It sounds like you hit a slump, regardless of being sick. Although being sick, you were probably sick and tired of the same type reads and needed something more than the usual tropes.

    Glad to see you're feeling better now though, it's that time of year where you're better off wrapping yourself in cotton wool and if anyone looks like they might sneeze in your direction, punch them in the face 😀
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    • Oh dear, I think I know which one you\’re reading too which is a shame because I\’m looking forward to it. Yeah, I felt sad I couldn\’t get into The Girl of Midnight, but you know what I shouldn\’t have to try so hard to get into a book. Oh yeah, not a fan of the sick people I have to sit next to on the bus.

    • Thank you lovely! I\’m feeling better now, still a bit rundown though. I blame it on the cold weather *shakes fist*

    • Glad to hear it wasn't just me Bec, it was good to see others felt like it when I posted on facebook.

  8. Shannelle C.

    I truthfully don't try to force and figure out why I'm not rushing to finish a book. I just go with how I feel, and I just do what I want and then pick the book up again when I feel like it. It's definitely mood reading at its finest.

    Based on the poll, though, I picked the Netflix option. Go lose yourself in a different story and medium! Maybe you'll feel the need to read after a while. 😀

    • Yeah, it really isn't out fault if we're not engaged with it, sometimes we're just not in the mood. Looks like lots of people agreed with the Netflix hehe

  9. bingeingonbooks

    I have not read that book, but I have heard great things. Regardless my vote is to take a break and BINGE WATCH NETFLIX!! That is the best thing you can do when you are sick. Feel better!!
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  10. I loved this book, and so did Alana, but with its superb writing I didn't think it's hard to take it all in when you're sick. GO AND REST JEANN, and read it again another time 😀

  11. Zoe

    Aww…I feel you Jeann. 🙁 There's nothing worse than knowing so many people love a book and you just can't get into it for whatever reason, even though you know most readers will probably adore it. *sighs* I hope you feel better soon and that you find a good book to cheer you up! <33
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    • I know, I just picked it up again today and nope, still didn't like it. I ended up reading the White Trash Zombie series and it was so much fun!

  12. Ah, the slump. It's not a fun place to be, that's for sure! I totally understand where you're at right now Jeann! I think this is partly why I couldn't get into Throne of Glass and *whispers* it's still on my pause shelf. I don't think you shouldn't force yourself to read the book if you're struggling with it. Take a break from reading if Netflix is really calling out to you. That's what I would do 😉 I have yet to finish this season's The 100?! Can you believe it??? Oh, and I'm sorry to hear that you were sick! But I'm glad you're feeling better now being being under the weather's the worst <3
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    • Yeah, I get into mini-slumps sometimes. Oh my gosh, nooooo Amir! But I totally feel the pressure especially when it comes to Throne of Glass! Hehe I have to get into The 100, trying to finish Pretty Little Liars and everything. Thank you lovely! Still getting there, it's on and off annoyingly.
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    • Yesss, that's where TV shows definitely come in handy lol. HAHAH TWILIGHT! Ummm my brainless show that I watched was Pretty Little Liars….and Asia's Next Top Model *shhhh*

    • Hahah looks like everyone had the same thought! I watched The Flash, Asia's Next top Model and Pretty Little Liars haha

  13. booksbonesbuffy

    Poor Jeann! Yes, Netflix is your friend until you feel better. Those ol' brain cells need time to recover, and you probably wouldn't like any book until you feel better.

  14. Grace @ RebelMommyBB

    First – Boo to still not feeling well. Second – NETFLIX. Sometimes if you can't focus fully the book gets away from you (or at least it happens to me). So take a break until you are feeling better. And keep us up to date on what you're Netflixing!
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    • I'm getting better now Grace, which is good 🙂 Yeah, especially when the book is hard to get into. I watched Pretty Little Liars and The Flash 😀 and *whispers* Asia's Next Top Model…

  15. DUDE. IT IS VERY OBVIOUS YOU SHOULD BE BINGE-WATCHING NETFLIX RIGHT NOW. I never read when I'm sick. It doesn't work. I just feel…bleh. I don't take anything in and I know I'm just reading to not be behind on goals or something, instead of actually enjoying it. For me sickness = TV. hehe.

    • LOOKS TOTALLY OBVIOUS TO ME hehehe. Yeah, at least with TV you don't have to strain your eyes or concentrate.

  16. Kara Terzis

    This happens to me all. The. Time. And it's frustrating–especially if it's a book that people love… and I just don't. Just take a break from it and come back to it later. You never know, you might like it more when you're feeling better. I say binge watch EVERYTHINNNNNNNNG. 😉
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    • Hahha looks like that's where most people thought I should be spending my time hehe. Thanks Nara, I'm nearly better!

  17. Lucy

    I've had this before once. When I'm a reading slump (or something similar to it) it takes ages to read a book and I don't seem to be taking anything in. It's a real struggle but what helps me is different every time. Sometimes it's that I'm just not feeling the book and have to push through to get out of my slump. Other times it really is just me and I have to take a brake from reading.
    Good luck! And hopefully you'll feel better soon!
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