Fantasy fiction, reading

The Conundrum

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Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved to read. She mostly read whatever she could get her hands on — picture books, novels, biographies — as long as it came from a library or a school book fair, or as a gift.

Then one day, the girl realized she was technically all grown up, and capable of purchasing her own books. And she wanted to, because this sounded tremendously exciting and mature.

Except she didn’t know what to get. So she wandered the bookstore, and ended up buying newer editions of books she had read as a child, and copies of novels she had recently returned to the library.

This went on for a while. But eventually the young woman became a moth, and ran out of things to read.

(You tell me which one was more scary.)

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So, the moth started scouring the new invention of the internet to find recommendations for new authors, genres, sub-genres, and even graphic novels (a frightening never-before-attempted venture) to try reading.

Some of what she found really filled her soul with joy.

But, unfortunately, a lot of it was an epic fail.

As time passed in this pattern, the moth began to realize that she was no longer a fan of traditional historical fiction, mysteries, or contemporary romances (a.k.a. “chick lit”).

ThisΒ meant the moth began to panic, just a little.

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Reading was so important to the moth, the idea of not having anything new and life-fulfilling in the form of books to add to her already vast array of fiction (and non-fiction) experiences created a slight problem.

The moth grew tired of fluttering endlessly around her local library, her wings weary of trying to carry 14 novels marked “new release” (11 of which would almost immediately be returned, after frustratedly skimming a few pages).

As she ruminated on this tragic turn of events, she began to hyperventalate, just a touch.

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Fast forward to the current time. Today, the moth hopes to calm her frazzled nerves by indulging in modern sitcoms on DVD, for a nice change.

She will soon be gaining another year of existence on this Earth, and she doesn’t like that, either.

To celebrate this twistedly momentous occasion, she’s planning to find new authors and titles that will bring a substantial influx of plot-excitement and character-love back to her heart.

Except she has very little idea of where to start.

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5 thoughts on “The Conundrum”

  1. And I plan to celebrate the day you were born and came into this world and into our family!! And I will celebrate continuing to know you through all these years!! I am so grateful to be your uncle.

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  2. Does this mean you need recommendations?? πŸ˜€ I know you’ve read the Beaumont and Beasley books, so unfortunately I can’t recommend those, buuut can I suggest you try H.L. Burke (fabulous Indie author) and Diana Wynne Jones, who’s my fave and kind of Discworld-y, and Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal, another indie author? I’ve been reading some new releases from libraries and realizing I like Indie authors a lot more than traditional these days, at least the ones I’ve been trying, soooo I can see a part of your problem… o.o Hope you can find some good things to read!! I don’t totally know your taste, since books are a little hard to recommend, but those are some of my favorites and might be up your alley. πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m tending towards indie authors, too, at least to find something different. The problem is, a lot of the indie/non-traditional publications/titles I’ve come across are either genres that I don’t care for, or they’re all fairytale re-tellings — which I am over-bored with. There are a few authors that do seem to be writing “out of the box,” and I want to give a try. Part of why I like the Beaumont and Beasley series is because Kyle takes all the tropes and traditions of re-tellings and turns them on their head.

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  3. Eeep, I can’t even IMAGINE not having stuff to read. 😭😭 My life is basically a huge fight with my TBR trying to find time to read it aaaall. I do, however, find when I get tired of my normal genres, that if I pick up something a bit different, it can be exciting? I’d give you some recs but I feel like all my stabby fantasy loves are probably not what you have in mind. πŸ™ˆ I HOPE YOU FIND LOTS OF LOVELY BOOKS SOON THOUGH!!

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    1. Hahaha…yeah, recommendations can be hard, because if someone else’s tastes just don’t mesh with yours, then you’re never sure if they’re going to like something or not?! And I’ve tried basing my TBR solely on recommendations on blogs, etc., but then I find so much of it doesn’t pan out, simply due to my pickiness for certain elements. I could really be liking an author’s style, but their level of “acceptable” violence, sex, profanity could be higher than mine, and — boom, I’m back to square one. I don’t even hold it against other readers/writers, unless I feel it’s truly over the line and not necessary. But generally it’s just personal taste.

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