I submit that “reader’s block” should be a thing, à la “writer’s block”. I struggled through the last couple weeks with 3-4 books IN A ROW that I just couldn’t force myself to care about. Start, quit. Start, quit. Ugh! Luckily I think I found something again. The first 90 pages flew by, at least. 🤞
This is an actual text I received this week and I could not agree with it more. (Even though I forgot to reply. I’m sorry, SM. I was in a meeting at the time and then the few times I remembered I was always worried about waking you. Tomorrow. Promise. xo)
Of course, I’ve talked about this before when I shared my steps to remaking a reader. When I wrote that post, I’d meant it on a grander scale, more habit based. I this instance, I’m talking about a shorter, almost finicky reader’s strike. It’s like those days when you’re craving something for dinner, but you just don’t know what it is and everything just tastes wrong.
In my case, it certainly isn’t a shortage of books. My library’s current push to share as many books as possible has my bookshelves crowded, but I haven’t been able to settle in on one title all week. I’m reading several non-fiction books and find that I’m longing for fiction…just not the fiction I have on hand.
It isn’t reasonable.
Alas, here we are.
This is the kind of problem that can’t really be solved. I’m convinced you have to just get through it and come out the other side.
Happy reading! Don’t take your ability to enjoy books for granted! 📖🐛
Do you have any recommendations for how to get over reader’s block? What’s the best book you read over the summer?