I just finished reading The Bartimaeus Triology by Jonathan Stroud, followed by Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and I really enjoyed those. I've read most of the things that people have recommended, such as: The Book Thief, (amazing...top three favorite books ever) The Time Traveler's Wife,(blech) most Jodi Picoult. I've read a lot of Stephen King, some Robin McKinley, pretty much everything and anything fiction I like. But I'm even stuck in the middle of The Stand, and I can't get into that. I can't tell you have many times I have picked it up and put it back down in incredible frustration. He just gets so wordy! I've never been tempted to skip pages of a book before, but I'm seriously considering it. I also bought The Passage on my Sony Reader (I love post-apocalyptic/mass infection stuff, but I've read most of it), but I can't get into that, either. I've been suggested Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin, but where should I start?
Please suggest some books to get me over this funk. Something that you can pick up and don't want to put back down again. It can be fantasy, horror, chick lit, whatever. I just want to get out of this funk!
Much appreciated in advance.