Reading Hiatus

Dear Bookaholics,

I am so sorry for the lack of updates! College is keeping me busy and I have to face eight finals in a month, so I apologize for the future lack of posts.

But, it is not all about excuses. In this post, I would like to ask all of you for light readings to relax while dealing with my exams. Due to a huge amount of work, I have lost any interest in reading for mere pleasure, so, any tips are more than welcomed!

Does this happen to you too?

Thanks for coming and commenting.

See you in less than a month!!!




  • She

    Ah! I know exactly what you mean. Exam time doesn’t go well with those heavy, thinky-abouty reads. Okay, here are some I’ve come up with (don’t know if you’ve read any of them…) :

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer – It’s not necessary light in the sense of happiness, but it’s pretty funny and just a good read! Goes by quick.

    If you like fantasy stories with a great heroine and some love/violence/court intrigue I would definitely suggest Sherwood Smith’s Crown Duel.

    The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly – Again, I don’t know if I’d call it a light read, but it’s definitely fun! Kinda dark but funny.

    The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins – I don’t know if you’ve already read these, but if you haven’t, please do. Or at least the first one– it’s the best 🙂

    Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman – He’s so fun, and this one is my favorite!

    Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld – It’s a good steampunk YA.

    Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon – This one is a little thicker, but it goes by so fast, and it’s wooooonderful and gothick-y. It’s also set in Barcelona ;p

    • Elena

      Thanks, She!! I actually tried Shadow of the Wind (by ex boyfriend recommended it) and did not like it at all… But I may give Gaiman a try.

  • amanda

    Yeah, when I was in school I didn’t get much read at all that wasn’t assigned reading. I think I only read about 4 or 5 books that weren’t assigned–a couple thrillers and a couple Harry Potter books. They weren’t anything that taxed my brain at all, or they probably wouldn’t have gotten read! It’s a good time for rereads, too–as I recall, I reread Anne of Green Gables during a particularly stressful semester. I’m afraid I can’t think of any other specific books to recommend at the moment. The most important thing though, is not to worry about your reading or not reading–once life is less stressful, reading will be more pleasurable again. (Oh, wait. I’m not sure if you enjoy fantasy at all, but a few years ago I discovered Diana Wynne Jones wonderful YA novels. My favorite so far is Howl’s Moving Castle. I read these at a time when I wasn’t reading much of anything, and really enjoyed them. Nothing too heavy but very charming.)

    • Elena

      Amanda, thank you very much for your words… they have made me feel less concerned about my anti-bookishness! I am not really into YA fiction but Anne of Green Gables is a must for English Literature students and I haven’t read it yet. Shame on me!

  • Risa

    All the best with your exams, Elena!

    I understand why you’d need something really light to read at this time. When I usually want a break from some serious reading I pick a Georgette Heyer. Ever read any of her books? They’re all light-hearted, Regency romances, with a variety of heroes and heroines.

    • Elena

      Yeah I need a break and watch tv and eat popcorn as much as I can! Thanks for coming and for the suppor to all of you. I promise to bring new interesting reviews as soon as I can.

      All my love,


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