Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Reading Slump

summer reading list
Uploaded on August 31, 2005
by seanich
I'm not feeling 100% myself today, so this is going to be really short.

The past couple of weeks I haven't been able to read not one book.
I've tried everything. I've tried different genres, I went to the library and borrowed a few books, I even bought myself two brand-new, fresh smelling books.

I think I'm going to try an audio book next as per Lee Carlon's suggestions. I'd never thought of that before reading about audio books in his blog. He's also very knowledgeable about eBooks, by the way.

So I was wondering, how so you get out of a reading slump? Any general things you do? Specific books you might recommend to get out of it?

Any suggestions would be much appreciated. HELP!

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Pat Kirby said...

I go back and read my comfort books.

Alternately, I go to other media. T.V., movies, graphic novels.

Never had a slump last too long, though.

Jennifer said...

I start writing! Actually sometimes there isn't anything I can do. Occasionally I need a break from reading, writing, thinking :)

Usually that's when I pull out old movie favorites, or I watch more tv. Or I do a couple of extra skating sessions or swimming sessions.

Guess it's probably all dependent on the individual. Let me know what you think of the audio books :) I like them. Sometimes those are nice too cause all you have to do is listen (though I'm guilty of letting my mind wander at times cause the reader will say something to get me thinking then I realized I just missed half of what he said :) That's why they made the REWIND button!)

Melly said...

Pat, graphic novels? Ummmm... ;)
Comfort books - that's an excelent idea.

Jennifer, you said you love audio books, didn't you? That's right.

Exercise, eh? That might be a good idea too. Maybe I'll go swimming tonight.
Oh, and I can totally see me wandering off while listening to audio books. Ummm... what was it you just said?

Thanks, you two :)

Patry Francis said...

I think you get out of a reading slump by finding a really wonderful book. Keep looking; you'll find it!

Melly said...

Thanks Patry. Will do.

Lee Carlon said...

I'd pull out one of my favourite books and reread that, or try and find something new by one of my favourite authors.

I hope you enjoy the audio book, be sure to let us know.

Of course sometimes you just need a break.

Lee Carlon said...

Thanks for the kind words too.

Melly said...

Last night, following the advice here, I looked at my book shelf for a long time.
Finally I took Foundation (the first), which it will be the 5th time I'm reading it, and Catch 22 to see which way I'm drawn.

Oh, any time, Lee.

Eric Mutta said...

Ever since I figured out how to work a 28-hour day, "black-outs" (as I call them), became pretty routine and were guaranteed to happen about once every 9 weeks.

It's very depressing when they do. I can't read, I can't write and worst of all my sense-of-humour switch goes to the "off" position. For therapy, I go to the cinema and watch a movie that must be atleast 2hrs long. When that fails, I watch a short movie online at Atom Films, or listen to someone read a book on BBC radio 7. BBC Radio 4 also has a number of great book-related shows.

PS: can I steal that book with the word "Pi" in it's title? Sounds mathematically interesting :-)

Melly said...

Thanks Eric.
I'm slowly coming out of my slump. I'll be sure to check out those links. I had no idea the BBC has books.
I love your "black-out" term.