Curmudgeon is defined as a bad-tempered or surly person. Humpf. Could I be turning into one? I think it’s a summer slump myself. I’ve been a bit bored the past few weeks. I haven’t felt much like blogging so I’ve only done it in fits and starts – rather than post a bunch of crabby-natured posts. I don’t want to become “that” person.

crabbyI’ve noticed my crabbiness recently in my book reviews. I don’t like much of anything that I’ve read lately. I think the problem may be age-related. I used to read and thoroughly enjoy YA books. It hasn’t slipped my attention that I’m not “young” anymore. I can’t relate to a lot of what’s going on with the protagonists in these books. They end up irritating the crap out of me. So maybe it’s time to give up YA altogether, and that’s a big step for me. So where do I go from there? I don’t mind a mystery, but some of those are awfully silly or simple in tone. I don’t care for thrillers or horror stories. I don’t want to be frightened when I read. I don’t want to read about rapists or serial killers. I read for escapism. If I want to read about death and tragedy, I’ll read a newspaper. A romance is one thing, but some of them read like porn. When did they become so graphic? I believe they call that genre Mommy-porn. I’m not a prude, but I think leaving something to the imagination once in a while is nice, too. I am part of a small book group, and I am hoping my fellow group members will help me explore and find new things to read.

ifistayI’ve begun to explore the whole Twitter thing. I know what Twitter is, but I’ve never really understood the value or the purpose. I have felt bad because I stopped blogging on my squirrel blog. I wondered whether Twitter might be a way to pick that back up again. If you use Twitter, search for Squirrels. There are several Twitter sites devoted to or run by squirrels! I printed out a batch of helpful guides and how-to articles for Twitter beginners, and I’ve been testing the waters so to speak. It’s different. It’s also easy to tweet as the squirrel – she can bend common sayings into squirrel-isms or she can comment on the weather, things in the yard or others’ tweets. It’s also such a short format that it’s a challenge to come up with something that fits. You don’t have to be profound either. One squirrel tweets things like “dig dig dig dig” – just things that squirrels do. Maybe it’s the novelty – but right now it’s fun to talk to other kooks like me who love squirrels.

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As summer winds down, I’ll continue to look for new and novel things to try out and maybe that will help to lift my bored mood. Just because I’m no longer a YA doesn’t mean I can’t learn and try new things.

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18 thoughts on “Summer Slump

  1. I do hope you find something that takes your fancy on the reading front.

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    1. dflorack says:

      Me, too!! I love reading and hate wasting time on books that disappoint me.

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  2. Dude (-ette)! The human loves that comment “if Iwant to read about death and tragedy, I’ll read a newspaper!” MOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ll follow you on twitter! (I love stalking squirrels, ya know)! You can follow me too ( I won’t eat you…) I’m Brainless wonder @Cheap_Trills

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    1. dflorack says:

      I’m following you on Twitter, too! I’m learning as I go along. It’s more fun once you know what you are doing.

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      1. PAWSOME!!!!! Never been staked by a squirrel before!!! MOL!!

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  3. quiall says:

    A couple of authors for you: Janet Evanovich, Diana Gabaldon, Wilber Smith, JD Robb (Dallas & Roarke series). I have many more if you’re interested.

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    1. dflorack says:

      I just downloaded the first Wilbur Smith book – I’ll give him a try! Thanks.

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      1. quiall says:

        He is my favourite author. I hope you enjoy. If you can start with his earlier books.

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      2. dflorack says:

        I bought the first one – the lion feeds?

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      3. quiall says:

        oooh good one! I believe it is part of a series – 3 books.

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  4. dflorack says:

    Thank you. I read some Evanovich. I got up to book 5 or 6 and lost interest – they were all the same story over and over with a different villain. I liked the series – I just wanted some variety. I didn’t like Gabaldon – I hated the Captain Randall character. I read a lot of Nora Roberts in the past (real name of JD Robb), but I haven’t read her in years. I don’t know who Wilber Smith is, but I’ll check into him. I’ll keep trying – maybe someone will catch my interest again.

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  5. I read a lot of YA and thought it was just me feeling that way about a lot of it. Perhaps age does have something to do with it. I love Diana Gabaldon but her stories can be graphic and heavy at times. Have you read any books by Sarah Addison Allen? Her first book was Garden Spells and it was great. All of her books are filled with wonderful characters and stories. I have all five of her’s and love each of them. Let me know if you try them and what you think!

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    1. dflorack says:

      I’ll have to give Garden Spells a try. It looks really good. Thanks.

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  6. babsje says:

    I hear you, Donna! In terms of reading, you might give this one a try: Painter of the Heavens. (eBook available here: http://www.amazon.com/Painter-Heavens-Bart-Stewart-ebook/dp/B00F849FMM/). It’s one I read recently and enjoyed.

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    1. dflorack says:

      I’ll give it a try! Thanks. 🙂

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      1. babsje says:

        You’re welcome, it has a little of everything – mystery, humor, adventure, romance. Hope you like it!

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  7. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post on plants for dry shade. I’ve published a series of ebooks: the Herbert West Series. Not really horror, more psychological and not terribly graphic. And not YA. But maybe you don’t do ebooks? Anyway, there’s a page on my blog with more detail. So many books…

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thank you. I’ll check them out.

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