Earlier this week you may have noticed that I was reading Daughter of the Forest (Juliet Marillier). And then, all of sudden, you may have noticed that I wasn't. That's because Daughter of the Forest was a DNF *hangs head* And no, you didn't misread my post last year on Juliet Marillier in which I waxed lyrical (well, I tried anyway *grin*) on the wonder that was Heir to Sevenwaters. Let me see if I can try to explain.
Last September I wrote a post entitled It's Not You, It's Me, and in the case of Daughter of the Forest it most definitely is...me that is *grin* I was discussing the DNF state of Daughter of the Forest with one of my local librarians, who is a huge Juliet Marillier fan. I couldn't put my finger on why I reached Page 30 and then couldn't get any further. Her comment was that, to read Juliet Marillier, you have to be in the right headspace. And that got me to thinking. How many of the books that I enjoy are dependent on my 'headspace'? Usually, whatever book I pick is the next on my library hold list. But occasionally I chose something else because I just know I won't enjoy whatever is listed... The best example is when I'm down on myself. When that occurs, I just can't read UF with a kick-a*s heroine, particularly if she is feisty. The inevitable comparisons occur and I just feel more down on myself *grin* ATM I'm just all over the place (family, what else *SIGH*), and so the concentration required for Juliet Marillier's Daughter of the Forest is beyond me. Which is why I picked up the fifth Robyn Carr book (but more on that tomorrow). Daughter of the Forest is now back on my TBR list for when I'm feeling more myself.
So, how does your headspace affect what you read and when?