lena finkle's magic barrel

It’s Sunday and I’m Slumping

lena finkle's magic barrelOh, hi. I’m here. I’ve been here, obviously, but I feel like I haven’t shared much of what’s been going on without my Monday updates. We’re still chugging along with the How to Build a Girl readalong on Mondays, which has been fun, and I really hope those of you who aren’t reading to avoid spoilers come back to chat later because the book is a hoot and a half.

Right now real world has kind of infiltrated book world. Even though I’m still getting some reading done, I’m definitely distracted and not really enjoying everything the way I should be. After some serious thinking, I decided to leave my teaching job and will be working as a research assistant at a local university starting next month. It’s going to be a huge change, but I’m hoping that it will push me toward a career (and maybe even the PhD track?) I’m much more interested in. Clearly, my mind is all up in the what ifs of that situation and not the books I’m reading.

But I did pick up a few books this weekend that have worked so far. I just started The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman and a graphic novel by Anya Ulinich called Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel. I’ve also been working my way through Carrie La Seur’s The Home Place. Here’s hoping these put me on the road out of Slumpsville!

Am I alone in my slumping or is everyone basking in summer reading?

  • Oh my gosh The Angel of Losses, that cover!! LOVE!
    I got a copy of How to Build of Girl, so I’ll be reading it soon.
    It sorta feels like a bunch of us have been around but slumping lately. Late/mid-summer blahs, maybe?

  • Good luck with your new job! I’m reading History of the Rain by Niall Williams, it is so much better than I imagined, and I was imagining good things.

  • Anita LeBeau

    Jennifer has an extra copy of How to Build a Girl. I didn’t ask for it when offered but I think I’ll enjoy.
    Job change can be exciting but requires new focus.

  • Congrats on your new job! Wondering if you’re at UR or VCU?

  • Your real life situation sounds exciting! Hopefully making the change will help give you clarity on what you want to do in the future :)

  • Kelly Massry

    Slumping! I can count the number of books I read this summer on one hand – and not even finish it. I’ve been working a lot though – tutoring, writing and doing (not nearly) curriculum planning. My focus has been way off. I’ve tried to tell myself to work during the day and read for pleasure at night but that hasn’t even worked :(
    What sort of career are you looking towards? I would’ve thought you’d want to do something in the publishing field, the way you gobble up books!

    • Haha! I think publishing is a little far out of the cards for me now. I’m really interested in educational research, which is kind of where this is headed, so I’m hoping that I’m making the right step.

  • Congratulations on the job change. I loved my years working at a university, though the PhD was the wrong choice for me (i discovered after many years of working on it). I loved the lifestyle it provided. On the blogging front, I’m slumping as well. IT’S SUMMER. I will pick it up again in the fall.

    • Thank you! I kind of feel like I made a mistake with my Masters, so (of course) I want to wipe it clean with another degree? I’m going to take some time and sit in on what I want to do first, so hopefully that will give me some insight first.

  • crimeworm

    Shannon, well done you for going in the direction you really want to career-wise. You are an inspiration! And don’t worry, your summer slump will soon end – I’m a bit like that too, or maybe it’s a state of shock at all the sunshine in Scotland. And the Commonwealth Games happening here too is diverting me from my crime reading and blog. But seriously, “proud of you” as they say here whenever you do anything good, from tiny things to, like you, awesomely awesome things.

    • Thank you so much! It sounds like everyone’s getting a bit of the summer slump, so it doesn’t make me feel so bad :)

  • Oh, I’m right there with you with the slumping. And right with Katie in the grumpiness. Must be something about this time of year. I found a nonfiction that seems to be helping me out; I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley. It’s a hoot and a half too!

  • Ti Reed

    I just started The Home Place for a tour. Not pulling me in right away which is typically a bad sign for me but I am going to give it a little more time.

    • I’m about halfway through now and kind of iffy on it (it’s for the tour, too).

      • Ti Reed

        Oh no. Iffy at the half way point is not good.

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  • I think I saw your job change status on LinkedIn but I was waiting until you said something here. Congratulations! I hope it does your mind and heart good! And good luck de-slumping. There seems to be a lot of that going around.

  • Wow!! Good luck on your job change! I hope the transition goes smoothly and that your new job is everything you wanted.

    I am also in a total reading slump. I have no idea what to read to pull myself out of it.

  • Words for Worms

    Awww congrats on the new gig! I know you struggled with the decision, but I think it’s the right one for you. I’m with you in slumpsville, seriously, life this summer has been rather bizarre. I’m all kinds of off my bookish game.