What to do when you can’t finish a book to save your life.

I’ve been in a reading rut of sorts. For the last few months, nearly every book I’ve begun was never finished. I would get to about page 50 and they stop because it hadn’t hooked me yet.

A list of books I’ve completed in the last few months:

  • Ender’s Game- Orson Scott Card
  • We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
  • Welcome to the Dark House- Laurie Faria Stolarz (I hesitate to count this one because it kind of sucked, but was scary enough to need to read the conclusion)
  • Rose Under Fire- Elizabeth Wein
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda- Tom Angleberger
  • The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy- Kate Hattemer
  • She is not Invisible- Marcus Sedgwick

Now, this list might seem extensive to some, but of these books, I only truly enjoyed three of them. Reading a books has become like pulling teeth, which is like a really bad nightmare.

Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about this problem and why exactly reading has been less pleasurable and I’ve come to a semi-conclusion: My tastes in books has changed and I missed the memo. It is logical to assume that this happened because it has happened in other parts of my life.

My taste in music changed (quite drastically, I might add). So has my taste in television and my taste in movies. It’s all changed because I’ve changed, something that happens to be a normal occurrence in life. In order to get out of this rut, I decided I needed to do something drastic…

So now we must rewind a bit to earlier this summer when a movie called The Guardians of the Galaxy was released into theatres. Everyone seemed to love this film. The raved about it and so I got excited. Now, superhero movies and I have an interesting past. Rarely have I seen any of the Marvel movies at the time of their release. For some reason I always waited until they were on DVD or on Netflix before seeing them. I generally end up like most of them (except for the first Iron Man and I haven’t even bothered with the Hulk ones).

I did end up seeing Captain America 2 in theatres and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to see the Guardians movie. We went to a drive-in theatre, got comfortable, and then… I strongly disliked it. Ever have those moments when you realize that you are trying really hard to like something? Yeah, that was me watching this movie.

It had some shining moments, but overall it just felt like a placeholder full of juvenile dialogue and too many jokes (that no one was laughing at, btw). There’s a film critic that I sometimes enjoy reading who agrees with my sentiments. But one thing that stood out about the movie, was this feeling that I would like these character better in their comic book form.

So I decided to do something I had never done before: read a comic book.

Find out what happened in my next post! (Don’t you hate when people do that?)


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