A book a day.

Yes, that is how many books I’ve been reading for the last 4 days. Needless to say there is much catching up to do on my blog.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky was fascinating. Some people are really twisted.

Question of Belief, A by Donna Leon. I love this series. I don’t even know why. Well, I know it’s because of the way Venice is another character in the book. But I don’t know why that appeals to me so much. I have no desire to go to Venice.

Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat tells you right in the prologue that the cat doesn’t die in the course of this book. Practically everyone else does, but it takes place in a nursing home. That’s the point of the book.

Soulless is another vampire romance book, sort of. The gimmick is the main character has no soul, therefore her touch counteracts the states of werewolf and vampire. Interesting concept. It works in this steampunk novel.

The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else You think this is going to be about this guy reading The Harvard Classics. And it is. But it’s also about the crazy and horrible things that happened in his life while he read them. I think this turned out a lot more personal than the author expected going in.

The Spellmans Strike Again: A Novel Another series I can’t get enough of. Isabel Spellman is rebellious and contrary and a P.I. in her family’s firm. The things this family does to each other. Oy! Absolutely hilarious.

This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All This is about how librarians are not going to be unnecessary in the future. Made me want to go to library school.

I lied.

Remember how I said that Rule #1 for books with dogs on the cover is that the dog dies? I think I finally found a book with a dog on the cover that doesn’t follow the rule.

    Dog Joy

(which Amazon apparently doesn’t know about) is full of pictures of happy dogs. Definitely a happy-making type of book.

I Thought You Were Dead by Pete Nelson

I read about this book somewhere. Don’t remember where. But the hook got me. The dog talks. Only to her owner, but she’s really really smart. And funny.

When Paul (the owner) comes in after being gone a few hours, the dog says, “I thought you were dead,” because her memory is so short. Funny stuff.

***SPOILER***
The only problem: I forgot about Rule #1 concerning books with dogs on the cover. The dog ALWAYS dies. Always. Never fails. I hate that. I just bawled and bawled and bawled.

It’s beautifully written. The dog is, of course, the best character in the book. The dad is next. Loved him, too. Fabulous book.

No new books.

I’m about to finish one, I promise. Until then, let me just share what I currently have checked out from the library.

The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook Yum! Let me just say, Macaroni with Ricotta and Walnuts is fabulous! Mike calls it candy. So So Good.

Black Hills: A Novel A Native American man is possessed by the spirit of General Custer after the battle that ended his life. This guy wrote some singularly scary books I haven’t read. This sounded good.

Horns: A Novel Another one by a guy who is known for his particularly creepy work. Also, his father is Stephen King. But, I read the publisher’s blurb and it sounded pretty interesting.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl I really like looking at the pictures in this one, but this poor woman has to cook for an army every day. I don’t know if I want to replicate that. But she does have pictures of every step of the recipe.

I Thought You Were Dead It’s about dogs. It has a dog on the cover. Couldn’t pass it up.

The Mermaid Chair It is this month’s book club book. I still have 9 days.

Middling Folk: Three Seas, Three Centuries, One Scots-Irish Family I have no idea why this caught my fancy, but it did. I brought it home. Hope I get a chance to read it.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery I got this one because the sequel has a pretty purple cover, but I can’t read the sequel first. My OCD dictates that I begin at the beginning.

Ghosty Men: The Strange but True Story of the Collyer Brothers and My Uncle Arthur, New York’s Greatest Hoarders (An Urban Historical) After I read E.L. Doctorow’s Homer and Langley, I decided to look for a non-fiction account of the Collyer brothers. This is it. I had to get it from Inter-Library Loan, by the way.

So that’s the list of what I currently have weighing down my library book table. I won’t tell you what I have on request in this post. I’ll save that for another day.

Help!

Folks, it’s been over two weeks. I’m sure I finished a book in that time, but it doesn’t feel like it. Major reading slump here. I keep picking up books and starting them, but I don’t get past page 100 when I decide “Meh.” Many wonderful book have been sent back to the library because I just don’t care. I reread an old favorite hoping to inspire something. I enjoyed that book, but I don’t feel interested in anything else.

I have a whole pile of library books with due dates sitting there staring at me. I just can’t get motivated!

How do you cure a reading slump?