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Books trends are starting to change but the slump is stubborn to rid of!

Books trends are starting to change but the slump is stubborn to rid of!

The thing I love about this year is the books are trying to move from the recent trends. Gone are those generics book covers aka girl in pretty dress plaguing the shelves. Or those books that were riding the coat tails of Hunger Games and Twilight. I think readers had grown up from it. I’m tired, you are tired, and everyone wanted something new. Something different.

And different do I get. The thing is I’m slight pissed off with myself because I have yet to completely savor these new things. I know you guys are probably relishing it now. But for now I’m quite enjoying adding books to my TBR (I know I’m quite the masochist with the number of books I need to read already) because I saw books from various genres. So many options! Lots of contemporaries, there are retellings (seriously, I think I saw three Arabian Nights retelling already), MCs of different culture (but please consider things when adapting a culture I don’t like another Stormdancer tragedy) and just lot of things that are not only about post-apocalyptic-setting-with-girl-in-the-middle-of-a-revolution. We were way passed that era already (with Mockingjay movie slated to end this year). There’s something hopeful from what I observed. :lol:

Then the covers! The covers are so innovative this year. Typography! Photography. Illustrations! It has improved from that prom dresses we’ve been getting especially from the YA demographic. And I love that, somehow the covers match the plot and I love adding them. I wish to own them but there’s the problem: I have yet to read that “wow” book despite the splendid things I’ve mentioned.

I really want that superbly amazing book right now. I want to read it. I want that boost it’ll give me so I can return to Mitchii who reads one book a day or at least several in a week. So far, my motivation is fluctuating, especially if I’m put off by the last book I read then chances are it’ll be harder to pick another book again. :-P

I need that allegorically colossal book that will break my wall and crash that slump I’m still have in me, a la Attack on Titan when I became a huge otaku again. That was the turning point for me. But almost six months has already passed and I still haven’t bestowed a solid four stars! *sigh* Is this a seemingly impossible journey?

How about you? How’s your reading? (Almost hundred? I envy you, seriously.) What is that recent book that swept you off your feet? Tell me, maybe that’s the book I need! honeybee3

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2015 / 06 / 24

14 Responses to Seemingly impossible journey?

  1. Annie says:

    i’ve definitely been thinking the same thing! this year has been such a pleasant surprise in terms of the diversity in books. i’ve been seen some truly original and innovative ideas for books. never have i gone “man that is such an awesome idea” more times in a year than i have this year. also yes the covers!! these books’ have really stepped up their cover game and i love it!

    hope your reading slump goes away!! there really are some amazing books out there right now. i’m currently going through a slump of sorts as well and it kills me especially since I have a stack of interesting books waiting for me.

    annie xx

  2. Ah, I am DEFINITELY loving all the unique books this year! I’ve actually read tons of standout books this year already, and hopefully I can recommend something that’ll get you back from your reading funk:
    – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    – The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
    – What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi (August)
    – 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger (although this probably won’t help get OUT of a slump… definitely read it when you’re back to the reading Mitchii!)
    – Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’ve been hearing good things about The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler & 5 to 1. I already have the latter so hopefully I’ll be able to read that one soon. Thanks Aimee for the rec!

  3. I love girl in a dress covers. I think they’re stunning! That said, I am also loving the new trends – especially with some of the gorgeous typography and color combinations I’ve been seeing.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      They are lovely but repetitive. And yes to those lovely typography, it’s really eye-catching especially if it was infused with vibrant colors. ;D

  4. Yes! I am really happy with 2015’s book covers so far, because all of them are so different and unique and so, so pretty! I really don’t know how many books I’ve added to my “wow covers” shelf on GR already. Publishers are really stepping up in their cover game and I love that. Haha, I want to own all those books as well, but the problem with me is that I have no money. :(

    Aw, sorry to hear that you ‘re still in that bookish slump, girl. I think I’m getting better, but I’m definitely still a long way off from the reader I was before. I’m really behind with my GR challenge and I have no idea how I’ll catch up, but I’m not giving up yet! Yup, I definitely need that “Attack on Titan”-like book that’ll knock me out of this slump once and for all. Hmm, I haven’t been reading too many 2015 books, but I really enjoyed Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. It’s interesting enough to keep you reading, but it didn’t leave me in a book hangover, thankfully. xD Oh, and I just finished Made You Up by Francesca Zappia, but I think you’ve already read that one! (I LOVED that book to death.)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Wow covers indeed!!! I can’t help but to add them because damn that covers are enticing! :P I’m broke too (then again I still have gazillion of books to read, still). I’m in a slump in a way none of the books I read are so engrossing to me. Like, please book gods help the poor me! T^T

  5. Kezia says:

    So true! Especially if you pay attention to contemporary, the books seem to be heading into the right direction — books that have more depth than just simple fluffy romance. Not that I’ve read everything but at least that’s the impression I get when I read their synopsis haha. I do enjoy fluffy romance but I like the fact that there’s more importance placed into several subjects if you know what I mean?

    Omg, and the retellings. Some tales are so overused and I’ve always wanted an Aladdin retelling. Fortunately there’s A Whole New World coming out this year haha! (Which reminds me — I NEED to catch up with Magi)

    But truth be told, I have only read +15 books this year? I did rate a few books four stars but sadly I haven’t had a solid 5 star book in quite a while. O mind-blowing books, where art thou? We’re still in the same boat here, Mitchii hahaha.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yes, lots of interesting contemporaries with depth/issues. I love fluff books, too. :P Yes, catch up with Magi, do you read/watch it? It’s also inspired by Arabian Nights that is why characters there share names from the orig.

      Yes, me and Kezia needs mind blowing books! We’re so lost. *clings*

  6. I haaaate reading slumps, especially when the people around me seem to be reading fiends!! I really hope you get out of it, Mitchii. I totally agree that there have been some seriously great books coming out lately. The trend of 2016 seems to be retellings (& pretty covers!!) so I’m REALLY excited for those books. I wish they were just all out now?! >.< I love the various covers that are being revealed as well. SO many unique ones. YES to no more dresses!

    I've kind of been in a weird slump lately too, but here are some of my favorite books to rec lately:
    -An Ember in the Ashes (not sure if you've read this yet, but I recently did and really loved it!)
    -The Walls Around Us (in the middle of this one and it's absolutely gorgeous!)
    -The Darkest Minds (honestly PICK THIS UP if you haven't already. The entire series. just do it.)

    I hope you'll be back to reading at your normal pace soon! <3

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’ve read The Darkest Minds, not fond of the book itself but I was really engrossed with the sequel. Speaking of, I haven’t read the third book. T^T I heard so many good things with An Ember in the Ashes & The Walls Around Us. I got bunch of books and these two are part of it so hopefully I’ll get around and read it. Thanks Aneeqah! :D

  7. Shannelle says:

    Hooray for trends being torn down! And because I have loved some books quite a lot lately, here I am, trying to persuade you to read them.
    -The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
    -The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
    -THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS

    Basically, that’s my best rec of killing your slump. Contemporary, easy to read, and the feels are everywhere. And it does everything right. That’s the only book I’ve loved recently, but Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You was really good too! And since you got Harper auto-approval, Rae Carson’s new books looks great, and so does A Madness So Discreet.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I heard early hype for Walk on Earth a Stranger and A Madness So Discreet (with the latter been affirmed by a friend of mine). I’ll check if The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is available on Kobo, then I will. :D

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