Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Reading Interrupted

Winter was made for reading. But not this one. At least not for me.

See, I'm trapped in the throes of a reading malaise.

Nothing's grabbing me. Not old favorites. Not the glossy new covers of books designed to seduce readers like me. I even scan and pan magazine articles, newspapers, blog posts, my attention dwindling to a thin thread that soon snaps inches below the byline.

It's not them--it's me.

I have a plan for times like these. It's never failed before. To B&N I go, membership card in hand, and dig for treasure on the shelves. Quirky non fiction. Unread classics. New-to-me authors. Any cover flap that promises something new and distinctly other.

But not this time. The malaise has got me good.

I know why: because I'm waiting on something wonderful. So I know the damp edges of this listlessness will dissipate shortly. And there's a pile of amazing books waiting on me when it does.

Books are perpetually patient. They'll wait forever to be read. But I'll be coming for them...soon.

9 comments:

  1. I spent about two years like this. I got ridiculously picky. In the end, I found my salvation in thrift shops; as much as I love glossy, new-smelling books (God, the smell!), my favourite reads are always, always tucked into the corner of a charity shop. I don't know why. (Maybe I'm behind my time, lol).

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  2. Hey, you might be behind your time, but that's a great idea. :D

    It's funny how even devout booklovers go through this. Two years? Wow.

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  3. I blame three very hardcore years of reading for an English degree :P

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  4. If you haven't already tried these:

    1. The Foreign Student by Susan Choi. Writing so good it clears your sinuses.
    2. Daybook by Anne Truitt. Will make even a jaded writer feel inspired.
    3. A Room Made of Windows by Eleanor Cameron. About a 12 year old girl who is determined to be a writer. If you have been that girl, this is simply the best book on the planet. Out of print but worth finding.

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  5. Oooh, thank you for the recommendations. They're going on my list. :)

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  6. I'm there too. I'm trying known great books, like Dune -- and it's failing to captivate me. Maybe it's because I just got Netflix with an internet ready TV and I'm too engrossed with old Farscape episodes? (Claudia Black is HOT)

    Or maybe I need to expand my horizons a bit and get out of fantasy for a while.

    If you're looking for something really well written, then try "Absence of Nectar" by Kathy Hepinstall. I'm biased about her, but it's a great read.

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  7. Weird. I've been tossing and turning a bit, too. I loved 'American Rose' the biography of Gypsy Rose Lee, by Karen Abbott, but since then, I've picked up and put down a number of books. That's not like me.

    Sun spots and solar flares. That must be it.

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  8. That must be it, Jamie. Or the change of season. :)

    Eric, interesting that you're in the same boat. So many of us seem to be there right now. Of course, I always recommend reading outside your favorite genre--that's how I broke my last go-around with a similar malaise. I've read Kathy's book, btw. She's fabulous.

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  9. Two books that really moved me recently:

    Mudbound by Hillary Jordan and
    Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

    Carol

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