I go through this sometimes. I take a break from reading for awhile and eventually the desire to read comes back. I will watch TV or bead or surf the Net.
I sometimes will get the same book on audio and try to see if that will help me get interested. Or as Nancy says do something else and then come back to it.
Yep! That happens to me sometimes for an hour or two. Then I do crossword puzzles or clean my house.
I find when I bog down like that that all my books are boring me on some level. If I go on to something else that really grabs me, the impasse ends.
Yup, just got some new books in the mail. I think I'll put a few of those at the top of the cr pile, and ignose the oldies for a couple weeks. However, I am now enjoying The Boston Strangler. I may actually finish it. Maybe a bit of TC is just what the doctor ordered!
Well of course it is!!!
I'm also reading a Shirley Jackson book, We Have Always Lived in the Castle. It is sufficiently bizarre that I am intrigued and am over half done.
Oh, that book is totallyawesome.
Adding that one to my TBR list. I love Shirley Jackson - haven't read her in a long time, though.
Castle may be her very best book.
I like ...Hill House much more. I don't always like her stories, but I love her prose style.
I have to say, Hangsaman read as if she didn't finish it before having to ship it to the publisher.
Agree with Eileen...probably haven't found a real page turner and are bored with what you haveand the storylines you've seen before.
Trying reading a non-fiction that is something you are really interested in...that you think you will fly through. Right now I'm reading Made-to-Stick which is a really good book aboutwhy some things catch on and somethings don't (they took a hint from The Tipping Pointand concentrated in a certain area. The Tipping Point is also good and you should find yourself flying through that we well)
Just a thought. Good Luck.
Thanks everyone. It is still slow going, but I'm gettinga couple books read a month, which is better than nothing!
Isn't Shirley Jackson the author of Th Lottery?
Yes, I just finished that three weeks ago.
Oh, we may never see her like again...
The Lottery really freaked me out whe I was in Junior High. "OH, goodie! Let us see who we get to stone for this week's entertainment!" After all stoning is more exciting than an old fashioned 451 book burning. Whoopee!
Ok, it's me, not the books. I've got 9 books partially read. I guess I just can't read when stress turns to depression.
I understand. When I went through two deaths in my family last week I just couldnt concentrate on any books, just kept reading the same paragraph over and over. So I read magazines instead. Much better if your attention span is short. This week I had to quit a couple of books that werent very interesting and try something else.
That makes total sense to me. I'll try magazines for a bit. I think my Archeology Today mag came in yesterday. Good idea Koren. Thank you. And BTW how are you doing? You've had one heck of a nasty couple of weeks. I'm still praying for you and yours. Take care, ya' hear!
I'm dong ok but not enjoying the busier pace my life has turned into. Lots to do to take care of Mom's business and find a place for my autistic brother who was living with her. Also getting lots of hours at work due to one of the office people being out on sick leave.
Oh my...once things settle down, you should take a couple days to just do whatever you want. Trying to find decent housing for your brother won't be easy. At any rate it isn't easy here in Illinois. Take care of yourself.
I sometimes have a hard time getting into a book. For example, I just started a book called <The Summer Before The Dark> by Doris Lessing, and it's slow going. I know that its worth the effort because it's a Nobel Prize Winner , so I will keep with it. I also am not able to abandon books once I start them. The only book I ever stopped reading is She's Come Undone. I simply could not read it. My suggestion for you is to read a short story called The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman. I just have to warn you that the story, while great and well writtn is about a woman's depression.
I can handle magazine articles, but short stories aren't my thing. I used to have to teach them back in the day when I taught Junior High English classes, and I hated every minute of short stories. I only read them now, to broaden my horizon, which is specifically when I am totally out of anything else to read...LOL.
I went through a month long reader's block back in July. I was a third of the way through The Crimson Petal and the White which is a fabulous book if a little long. I just suddenly stopped reading and instead I absorbed myself in music, discovered a few new bands on youtube and wrapped myself up in that. Thankfully I'm now back into my full reading swing. :)