But I FINALLY MADE IT THROUGH AN ENTIRE BOOK AGAIN! I don't know what's been going on with 2015, but I've spent most of it in reading slumps and it's driving me insane. I think I'm six or seven books behind on my goodreads challenge. It's not the first time I've been this far behind either. It keeps happening. I get to the point where I'm this behind and then I'll go on a crazy spree, finish six books in a week catching up so I can go back into a bloody slump. It's not like I'm pushing myself to read a ton at once, my brain just starts working overtime and the only way to keep myself entertained is to start three books at a time. I don't seem to have the attention span for one book during these manic periods. The whiplash has been frustrating, to say the least.
But it seems this slump session is (hopefully) over and I'm trying really hard to keep myself from overdoing it. Instead of letting myself take on several books at once, I've been playing what I call the Chapter Game. I read a chapter, watch a video on a YouTube or some other quick thing, read two chapters, watch a thing, read three chapters, watch a thing, read two chapters...you get the point. It's helped me to not only read the last half of Guilty Pleasures today, but to also get over halfway through An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Which I'm loving so far.
It's a silly game.
I love it.
But back to An Abundance of Katherines. I'd heard that a lot of people aren't huge fans of this particular John Green novel, so I was hesitant to start. John Green is one of my favorite authors of all time. I love TFIOS and Paper Towns has been a favorite of mine since high school. He's also one of my heroes in general. I don't know what it is about summer but I can't not read one of his books. I knew I wouldn't hate this book because I just really love John's writing style, but I think it might end up as one of my favorites. Colin is such a unique character, who's brain power and social ineptitude reminds me a lot of my Dad. Which is probably why I'm rooting for him so much. He's like an awkward little penguin trying to navigate the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course. Hassan is hilarious and I love the balance he brings to Colin.
The plot is relatively unrealistic to me, but I don't see that as a bad thing. It's a book, I like my books unrealistic. Even contemporaries. I only mention it because that was one of the things people complained about the most. I don't care that it isn't likely for two teenage boys to take off on a random road trip and end up living with a stranger they met that day but it was fine because their parents were cool with it. I wish I could take off on a random road trip with no destination, I'm just too chicken. So it's nice to read about.