Yes, dear readers, I feel a sense of ennui. I don’t know if it is post-holiday depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, or the unrelenting snow covering my yard, or what, but I feel a delicate tinge of lavender shaded ennui around the borders of my soul. The primary symptom of this is that I don’t feel like reading anything. Nothing looks good. I’m tired. I’m cranky. The Harry Potter movie was depressing. There is nothing new or original out there in the literary world.

Do you ever get into one of these funks? If so, how do you make it go away? What new and lovely book are you looking forward to this year that could put the spark back into my soul?

(Okay, so I may be a little overly dramatic here for literary effect – hush, Sarah – so don’t be worried about me or anything. But I am bored with everything I’ve tried picking up in the last week. And you can only play so many games of solitaire before you hate yourself.)

So, dear readers, are you in the winter doldrums? What are you looking forward to reading in the next few months?fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews

Also, when my husband asked what my topic was this week, and I said, “Ennui,” he wanted to know when I’d started reviewing computer games. :)

We’ll randomly pick  a commenter to choose a book from our stacks.


  • Ruth Arnell

    RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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