In the mood for something different

forked-path.jpgI just can’t find anything I really love reading at the moment.

It’s a sad state of affairs in one way, as I love reading, a good state in another, because it means I am writing more, reading less 🙂

I just want something surprising, something gripping, I don’t much care about the genre.

I have read a couple of books from my TBR pile recently which just went exactly the way I thought they would. It was nice enough, but I was looking for something more. And a book that started with that special ‘more’ factor, and which had me really excited, petered out to nothing and I actually didn’t even finish it, whether because it broke the promise it offered up front or because it just became too predictable, I can’t really say.

However, things are looking up because I started a book today while I was waiting for my kids at their piano lessons which I found on our new Friday Finds post a couple of weeks ago, The Freaks of Greenfield High by Maree Anderson. And so far, it has all the elements I’m looking for, yay!

Do you look for the unexpected and the different in your reading, or do you like things to be predictable? I don’t mind a bit of predictability but not a constant diet of it. I try to keep things fresh in my own writing, and I appreciate it when I see it in others’ writing.

If you do enjoy unexpected story elements, what’s the most interesting book you’ve read recently?

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Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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4 Responses to In the mood for something different

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Michelle, I bought the second book of the Freaks series – Freaks in the City – and loved it. The third Freaks book, Freaks Under Fire is on pre-order now. I know you like scifi, and she has a couple scifi series with the first book free.

    Another book I read recently and loved is Fandemic by Jennifer Estep. It won’t be out until June, but you can read more on her website.

    And I do love the unexpected. I can’t tell you how many books I haven’t read, because I feel like I’ve read too many books with similar plots. It’s definitely a lot!

  2. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Michelle,

    Oh, you’ve hit on one of the unspoken pitfalls of being an author 🙂 If your business is thinking up plot twists, how can a story surprise and delight? Jim Butcher is my go to author, especially the Dresden books since Ghost Story. He has this ability to not just raise the stakes, but slam them out of the ballpark!

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