Awakening From a Devastating Reading Slump – GUEST POST

GUEST POST – teachergirl73


 After reading Andrea’s humorous post “Auld Lang Syne”, I began to consider my own lack of motivation to pick up a book. I’ve been in a serious reading slump lately, whether it was the hustle and bustle of the holidays, or a bit of the winter blahs, or just simply a bit of “brain freeze” to quote one of my Grade 2 students who was trying to tell me that he had been “thinking” way too hard. While trying to contain my snort of agreement as best as I could, I just empathized with him and assured him that all we needed was the holiday to reboot so to speak. Upon reflection, I think that my reading slump might actually be attributed in part to the demise of a serious literary relationship spanning some fourteen years now.

WMOBI have made many attempts over the past few months to dive into Diana Gabaldon’s latest endeavour Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, the eighth book in the Outlander series, all without success and I finally gave up around mid-December. Even though I consider myself to be a true Outlander fan, for the last three books the only reason why I have continued with the series is because I am held captive, reading in horrified fascination unable to believe what has been done to the story and characters. I feel almost disloyal writing this, not to the author, but to the series itself. The story should have ended after the third book, Voyager, but by then there was a voracious audience awaiting each new installment, which no doubt impacted the arc of the story line. To clarify, I too was one of those people, waiting desperately for the next book in the series. As each new book was published, I kept waiting for that illusive reading “high” that I felt in the beginning but as with most addictions, it never quite happened. Even after the complete waste of time that was The Fiery Cross (hours, days and weeks of my life that I will never get back!) there was still a part of me hoping that one day the magic would return.

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However all is not lost, thanks to visually stunning, and superior script writing that comes with “Outlander, the television series. As it appears the show is going to stretch each book out having only adapted a small part in the first eight episodes. I feel confident that I will get to enjoy all my favourite parts of the story as told through Ronald D. Moore’s unique yet faithful interpretation of the novels. I’m eagerly awaiting the mid-season return of the STARZ production of Season One Outlander” on April 4, 2015, along with millions of other women. I ask you this, is there anyone doesn’t want to see more of Sam Heughan?


Following the holidays, I realized that that the worst was over and I had finally seemed to be coming out the other side of my slump. I would like to say thank Auralee Wallace, who let me beta read an early version of her latest book, Skinny Dipping With Murder, that will be coming out in early 2016. It’s about a small-town girl who reluctantly returns home after years away and promptly becomes embroiled in hilarity, hi-jinks and a little dab of murder. I am looking forward to the finished product and for more stories involving Erica and her trusty side-kick Freddie!

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DESCRIPTION – My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so happy.

Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027–she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.

But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies–and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.

Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity–even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn’t all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her ead down and survive, or fight for a better future?

Image and description from: http://www.karenhealey.com/books/when-we-wake/


I have just begun reading When We Wake by Karen Healey. It is a dystopian novel that examines many different themes including global warming, famine, civil unrest and overpopulation in the not-too-distant future. What is most intriguing is the possibility of what could happen if science fiction meets reality and we are able to pause a human life through the use of cryonic freezing, only to restart that life many years later. There are many ethical questions that come up early in the story around the consequences of bringing someone back to life. What are the political and legal ramifications of reviving someone who has been long dead? Are they still consider citizens under the law or the property of the institutions who have brought them back to life? How do you re-integrate someone into society who has been officially dead for a century? Who gets to decide who is revived and who isn’t? And would you want to be given a second chance at life if everyone you knew and loved was long dead and buried? I’m really looking forward to seeing how the story of Tegan unravels as she faces a brand new world in When We Wake.

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