Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Reading Burnout? Oh, No! What To Do?

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

I’m in serious adult fiction burnout. This is an anomaly in my world. What the heck happened?

It might be because I’m juggling three series and two of them are in critical attention stages. Whatever, the case, it happened and so I have this stack of them and I page through and can’t get excited. I know my passion will return, but I have to read every day. Or I’ll just up and die.

A friend who is a librarian and bookstore owner came up with a treatment plan. She reintroduced me
to middle school stories. I’d worked for a library myself at one time and had led a group of twelvish year olds in a summer book discussion. To prep for it, I read a massive amount of books for that age level. And have to tell you, I loved them. Those stories always carry strong themes.

So this week, I overloaded my arms with books and have sunk into nirvana.

Two of my favorites from the book club were Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli and The Giver by Lois Lowry. The rest of her trilogy - Gathering Blue and Messenger - are on my TBR pile. I’ve just finished When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead and highly recommend it.

More recommendations, please. What should I read next?


BTW, once upon a time I wrote a middle-school story called Cave of Memories. It’s available as an ebook in all eformats, if you are interested. Maybe I should try to fit in time to write another. Someday…..