September 11th, 2013
Reading Lack Of Attention–It’s Not You, It’s Me

I am currently reading nine different books: Damek’s Redemption by N.J. Walters, Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovich, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch, Angel’s Ink by Jocelynn Drake, Horns by Joe Hill, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Nocturnal by Scott Sigler, and Death’s Rival by Faith Hunter. Thus far, I’m enjoying all the books, which is why it’s so odd that I’m having difficulty concentrating long enough to finish any of them.

I go through this reading stage every year. No idea what brings it on. Normally, I have to go back to my keeper-shelf and start re-reading old favorites to break myself out of the reading rut. I know why I stopped reading a couple of the books. Something happened in the stories that upset me. And when I say that, I don’t mean that the authors did anything wrong. Just the opposite. They added an intense element that was upsetting to me, but was great for the stories. I just have to brace myself to get through them. Apparently, that’s taking longer than it normally does. But I know I will, since I quite enjoy the authors of these particular books.

What do you do to break out of a reading rut? Any tried and true methods to get back to reading the new books?

4 comments to “Reading Lack Of Attention–It’s Not You, It’s Me”

  1. I either do as you do and pull out an old favorite, or I edit. 🙂

  2. Bernard, LOL! I’m still editing Red, so that goes along with whatever else I’m trying to read. Fortunately, it’s getting nearer to being completed. I have to read through the edits I did yesterday before I continue on because I’m not sure that these latter chapters are working.

  3. I set Horns aside, along with Nos4a2, because there are intense child-related scenes in the beginning that I just wasn’t in the right place for; too stressful! But I’ll come back to them. I loved Heart Shaped Box. Sometimes you just have to find what fits your stress level, attention span, etc. It isn’t the book, it’s where you are and what you need at the time.

  4. Charli, That’s a wonderful way to describe what’s happening and so very true. You have to be in the right mindset. I’m trying to finish one, but it’s turning out to be a disappointing read. I’ll trudge on just so I can add it to my ‘Read’ list.