Books That Got Me Out Of My Reading Slump

After having a great run in the first half of the year, I slowly got into a reading slump and ended up not reading a single book in the past 3 months. I tried to switch between 5-6 books, got physical books, tried audio books but I just couldn’t put my mind to it. With winters and Christmas in the air, I tried to get back to reading and read my first 2 books in the last four months. These two books were light reads from very different genres and had me hooked. I am so glad to be out of my reading slump and I am hoping to read two more books before the year is over. It would take my total to 22 books this year which is far less than my 30 books target but still a decent number for me. So which were the books that got me out of my reading slump?

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

Plot: This book revolves around three sisters – Betty, Charlie and Fliss who are from the Widdershin family whose women are bound by a curse. The three sisters embark on the journey to break the curse and free their family.

Review: This was such a feel good, drama free, fun book. It was a light read and I finished the book in two sittings. It isn’t perfect in terms of the explanation of magic and time travel but it was a fun read and I could overlook those issues.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Plot: The beautiful and elusive Hollywood star, Evelyn Hugo, decides to have a tell all interview with the relatively unknown journalist, Monique Grant. At the age of 79, with little to lose, Evelyn discusses her life, many loves, husbands, stardom and more

Review: I really liked the plotline of the book. It has been written in a very engaging way to keep readers hooked. It is also nice to see the realities of being a celebrity being laid out – showing that it isn’t all fun and glamourous. The ending and her 7th husband were unnecessary in my opinion. But overall the book was a really interesting read. (I want to say more but I think I won’t be able to without spoiling the book.)

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So help my reach my goal of reading 2 more books before the year ends – leave your recommendations for light reads/short stories/fun reads in the comments below. I’m also big on mythological fiction – so any recommendations for that genre would be great.

PS: My next post is going to be my 300th POST!!!!! Any suggestions on what I should write?

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Nehal Jain says:

    Evelyn Hugo is indeed a great book to go to to read out of a slump, I really enjoyed it too!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Me too! Any other light read recommendations to close out the year? ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Nehal Jain says:

        You can try- meet me at midnight. It’s a cute enemies to lovers. And just about any kasie west novel is a cool light read.

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I would recommend the palace of illusions by Chitra Divakaruni. I wasnโ€™t enthusiastic about reading it but when I did, the book definitely had me hooked for a while.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Chitra’s books are amazing! Read most of them but my favourite is The Forest of Enchantments. I think it shocked me to look at the Ramayana from Sita’s perspective and really understand the things the women went through. Thank you for the recommendation! Definitely check out ‘The Liberation of Sita’ by Volga. It is a very short read but it is BEAUTIFUL!

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      1. That sounds interesting! Thanks for recommending! I guess most of those Indian epics overlooked the womenโ€™s perspectives.

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  3. Megan says:

    This is my sign to finally read Evelyn Hugo, I keep pushing it off. Hopefully, it well help me get out of my reading slump too!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      It is a really interesting and light read – perfect to get you out of the reading slump. There is just something about Hollywood in the 70s that is so intriguing and glamourous.

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  4. Third Culture Kid says:

    I’m glad you got out of your reading slump. I’m still in mine

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      It has taken a LOT of time and DNF-ing so many books before I finally got here. I have DNF-ed 8 books in the last 4 months.

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      1. I get that. Practically all my books are DNF right now

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  5. bosssybabe says:

    Ohh congrats on climbing out of your reading slump!! 300th post! Wow! That’s no small feat!

    *You could review your past posts: very first post, your hundredth post, 200th post and where you hope to take this blog?

    *you could discuss lessons learned

    *you could discuss what you thought your blog would be VS what it turned into?

    Just suggestions, no hard feelings if you don’t use these lol

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thankeeee. Those are some great ideas. Maybe I’ll do a comparison between my blogging journey between by 200th and 300th post – so much has changed. Just like my reading slump, I’ve been in a sort of blogging slump too. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  6. impressive Ru and the names of these books sound awesome!!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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  7. akshita1776 says:

    i have been wanting to read these foreverrrrr
    well, i always read princess diaries to get me out of a slump =D

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  8. this is proof i need to hurry up and read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo already!!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Haha yessss! It’s an easy read and very interesting. ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Merry Christmas โ˜ƒ๏ธ

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