May 19, 2010

Reading makes my heart a little lighter

I've been in a reading funk lately, and I don't know how to get out of it. I have a lot of books I need to be reading, some I could be reading, even some I want to be reading, but I haven't been making the time to pick them up and do anything about it.
I think it's partly because I know once I start something I'll have to finish it and I'm not sure I have the energy for that right now. (I was an English major, that's what I was trained to do - no matter how crappy something is, I finish it. I can count on one hand the number of books I've started and not finished).

I'm trying to embrace the summer of me, so I'm not forcing myself - but there are so many books my head wants to be reading...I guess I just have to wait until the rest of me is ready?

Have you ever gone through a reading slump - or the opposite where you read all the time? Any advice on how to turn this around? Oh, and check out this shop that has t-shirts for teams of classic literary characters! Yes, I need want one. Bad.

(Photo: naturally nina)


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I have gone through phases where I barely read. Especially when I am getting into a new relationship. My cure is to find something fun to read. I feel like I have read a lot of not-so-great reads this year - reads that I have struggled to finish because, like you, I have a hard time not finishing the book.

I think American Wife would be a great book to get you out of your slump... It is just wonderful & such a fast read!!

Diana Mieczan said...

I wish I would read more but I just don’t have much free time...I think you should wait till you are fully ready...You will enjoy it more!
The photo is so sweet...reminds me of my little niece :)

Mandy said...

I can completely relate. I definitely go through phases where I hardly read at all or I basically ignore everything to devour books. Right now I'm reading a lot. For me, when I've not been able to find something that I absolutely love I'll read a book recommended from a trusted friend like Thirtheen Tales or The Help. Or I go back to one of my favorite childhood books like Anne of Green Gables or The Secret Garden.

val pal :) said...

yes, i'm in a book slump too!! just take time to yourself and you will pick up on it when you feel like it. AND you will definitely appreciate the books more when you are in the mood and not forcing yourself.

don't worry, be happy. cue the whistling...

Megan said...

I've been in a slump for what feels like a good year+. Sometimes I find it helps to read out of your comfort zone or maybe even something that would be considered 'easy'. For me that means busting out a graphic novel or a really good teen/YA book. Something that still has an amazing plot/story/characters but maybe isn't so dense.

I've also found that making the time helps. For instance, lately the only time I read is the 30 minutes to an hour before I go to sleep. It helps me relax, all my chores are done and it makes me feel like at least I'm reading SOME even if it's only a chapter. One chapter leads to the next and then before you know it...done!

Charlie said...

I just came out of a reading slump, to fall straight back into another because I chose too heavy a book. I find myself forcing myself to finish books every now and then.

Amber said...

I definitely go through reading slumps! I try to get over them by finding really fun, light reads. Like a Sophie Kinsella type book! While I was on vacation I read Dear John in one day!! And now I'm back into my reading groove :)

Anonymous said...

What about Firefly Lane...check it out. - Annie

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

yeah i do.. typically when after i finish something really good because i get emotionally attached to the books easily.. or when i am super tired because i cant concentrate..

Darcie said...

I go through the book slump too! I find that I just have to let it take it's course and embrace the slump.

Sometimes though a nice sunny day with a quiet spot outside with no distractions may help get me out of it! Good luck!

Breathe Gently said...

I HATE those phases. I find that sometimes it just takes the right book to get me out of that funk.. even if it means flicking through my collection until I've found the one. Once that's done, I usually carry on with the rest! :)

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