I seem to have hit the winter doldrums rather early this year!
The autumn leaves are only just thinking about turning & already I'm grumbling about the cold and dreading the long, dark nights ahead.
I'm also struggling to find my blogging groove this year. A manic start to the year, followed by a writing slump of epic proportions now. I can't just blame it on our busy life....or can I?
I'm reading some fabulous books, but my reviews of them are far from fabulous. My writing persona seems to be missing in action...or perhaps she simply needs a good, long holiday!
All my recent reviews feel forced & flat.
So right now I'm trying the old 'writing-myself-out-of-a-writing-slump-by-writing' theory by creating a list!
In an effort to work my way through my out-of-control TBR mountain, here is a list of books that I hope to finish by the June long weekend (NSW).
The timing of this list also gives me the chance to use the word autumnal in a post - one of my favourite all-time words in the English language!
To help my 2015 challenges get back on track I will try to read Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte, Watership Down by Richard Adams, Stoner by John Williams and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler.
A few new releases will be needed to mix things up - One Life by Kate Grenville, A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman & A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.
For light relief, some junior fiction & teen books - The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, Promised by Caragh O'Brien and Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Leviathan.
I would also like to read at least one book on the Stella shortlist before the winner is announced on the 21st April.
The next Dewey's Readathon is planned for the 25th April which I hope to participate in again.
However, between now & June, I have a two week trip to Vietnam to look forward to.
I like to read books related to the areas I travel to so I've been researching a few good ones & reflecting on past experiences.
Years ago I read The Quiet American by Graham Greene and way back when in my school days, I studied the Vietnam War in my history class & read Michael Maclear's Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War. I don't feel the need to revisit either of these books right now.
More recently I have read Ahn Do's memoir The Happiest Refugee and his children's book, The Little Refugee. I've also read the picture books I Was Only Nineteen, Mark Wilson's Vietnam Diary & The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland.
I would like some adult literature set during the various era's in
Vietnam's history as well as something contemporary.
Have you read any books set in Vietnam that you could recommend?
What do you do when you have a writing slump?
What are your reading plans for this coming autumn (Southern hemisphere) or spring (Northern hemisphere)?
If you feel like creating a seasonal post on your blog and linking it back here - I'd love to see what your reading plans are.
Later: Thanks to Lianne's comment below I realised my autumnal list idea is far from original or even unique!
Top Ten Tuesday have got in ahead of me!
I do usually check TTT most weeks to see what the topic is, but I had Monday off work this week & now I'm a day behind with everything! Synchronicity? Serendipity? Snap!