The Writing Life
The Reading Blahs
byon July 7th, 2010 at 05:20 AM (528 Views)
It’s not them, it’s me.
Usually, even when busy, I can pour through a couple of books per week. On a long weekend, I can read a book a day. On a flight from Los Angeles to New York, I can easily polish off a novel. Lately, though, I just don’t feel like it. I don’t want to read.
Well, let me rephrase that: I want the desire to read once again.
It’s not that I haven’t been perusing the pages. It’s a habit. Over the past month, I’ve finished:
- Stephenie Meyer’s “The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner”
- Tessa Dare’s “Twice Tempted by a Rogue”
- Charlene Sand’s “Million-Dollar Marriage Merger”
I’ve also started Wendy Toliver’s YA “Lifted” and the classic steampunk novel “Soulless” by Gail Carriger.
Like that cliché break-up line: Seriously, it’s not them, it’s me. I’ve read Toliver’s first two novels, “The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren” and “Miss Match,” and she’s absolutely clever and engaging. Dare spins a historical romance that’s steamy and borderline addicting (the third book in the series, “Three Nights with a Scoundrel” comes out July 27).
And just because I haven’t felt like reading, doesn’t mean that I’m not writing. The opposite is true. Time late at night that might be spent reading is spent typing away. But, the mind needs some downtime, right?
I keep thinking that just one book will bump me over the edge and back into the reading game. The task though is giving time to find that challenging and engaging title.
So tell me: Am I alone in my reading rut? Have you experienced this syndrome before? And, finally, any reading suggestion cures?