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Subject: Good book I don't feeling like reading
Date Posted: 4/17/2009 8:26 PM ET
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I was reading Moloka'i and very much enjoying it. About halfway through I just set it down and didn't feel like reading it anymore. That was about two weeks ago.  I don't know why I stopped reading it (like I mentioned--I really liked it)  but I just have not been in the mood to pick it up again.  I've never had that happen before.  Anyone else ever had that happen to them?

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 6:54 AM ET
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Well, that same thing happened with that same book!

I think what happened to me is that at first I found the story interesting and I was very curious because i had never heard of these events before.  About halfway or so through the book, the story just didn't stay fresh and interesting.   It was like I heard all I wanted to hear or something... I RARELY quit books once I am really started but I didn't finish that one!

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 2:14 PM ET
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That is crazy that it happened with the same book!  I am not sure if I am going to finish it or not.  I want to just to see what happens but if I don't have the urge to pick it up again within the next two weeks I am going to post it since I think it is wishlisted--might as well send it to someone who wants it.

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 3:42 PM ET
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I think your mood has a lot to do with it .... sometimes, the book is interesting and sometimes you'd rather read some other type book.

At the present time, I am reading One Shot by by Lee Child; Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and Watchers by Dean Koontz.  It seems I always have two or three books going at one time and switch back and forth between them as the mood strikes me.

I've never read a vampire book before, but I am thoroughly enjoying Twilight.  That really surprised me.

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 6:32 PM ET
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I had that happen with THe Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet and Wicked by Gregory Macquire.  THey weren't bad books I just never felt like reading them.  With Pillars it was the constant talk about Cathedral building and monastic life.  With Wicked-I don't know I just got bored with it and then too much time passed and when I picked it up again I couldn't remember what was going on so I gave up on it becuase I didn't want to read it again from teh beginning. 

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 7:36 AM ET
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I just had to put a book by one of my favorite authors down because I just wasn't in the mood to read him right now.  I was 30 pages in and couldn't remember anything of what I just read.  I'll go back to it, but not right now.

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 3:13 PM ET
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Happens to me all the time. I have a short attention span when it comes to books. I was reading Ahab's Wife and really trying to get into the author's style of writing and I just wasn't in the mood.  The main character wasn't likable either.

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 9:55 PM ET
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Well, you are right - frame of mind and mood really does have a lot to do with it.  I have had books that I have set aside for MONTHS and come back to when I was "into" that style of writing, or subject matter or whatever.  That is normal for me, and I often have 2 books going at once - a lightweight and heavier one.

What surprised me about Moloka'i was that I was liking it and then just stopped.   I set it aside for a bit and then NEVER wanted to pick it up again.  I handed it off to a friend actually.

I loved Ahabs Wife, I lost myself in the book during a very long airplane flight several years ago!  I also liked Pillars of the Earth. 

I have to admit that I jumped on the Wicked, Mirror Mirror etc bandwagon and didn't like a SINGLE one of those books.  I forced myself to read Mirror Mirror, but the rest I just couldn't even get halfway through.

 

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 5:48 PM ET
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I could not get into WIcked either. I gave up after about 75 long  pages. It was just not my style at all.    

I did end up picking up Moloka'i again too. Last night actually. I was looking through my TBR pile trying to find something to read next and I saw Moloka'i sitting there so I thought I would give it another try. So far so good. I might actually finish it. 

 

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 9:52 PM ET
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I have read many a book that I like but put down for a while.  I am reading a book right now that is slow going.  It is a great book but harder to read than some of my other books.  So, in the meantime I am reading another book, that is good but can be read in a day or two, and then back to my "slow going" book.

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 2:17 PM ET
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i have that problem a lot now, so i read at least 3 things at once.

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 2:40 AM ET
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All the time.  This is why I start 4 or 5 books at the same time.  I'll hit a slow spot in one book, so I read the other.  When I come back to it, I can usually read it right through.

Date Posted: 4/27/2009 10:54 PM ET
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I finished my slowing going (but good) book and will now look for a light-hearted one.

Date Posted: 4/28/2009 8:06 AM ET
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That happens to me on occassion.  I usually find it is because life has gotten so busy and hectic that when I read, i am too busy thinking about everything else I need to do.  It had nothing to do with the book, which i usually finish again a few weeks, or in a couple cases, several months later. 

Date Posted: 4/29/2009 10:23 AM ET
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I do this quite a few times.  i start a book but can't get into it at the time.  But I try again, and again put it down but most of the time I finish it the second time.  I started two books at the begining of the month and put them down and just can't seem to get into reading.  Its not that the book is not good, its just that I am not into reading to much right now.  To much going on around me and inside my head to really enjoy reading right now.  But I know that I will catch the reading bug again, the end of May, when I can finally find some time and peace to read.

Subject: didn't feel like reading
Date Posted: 5/23/2009 3:28 PM ET
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OMG, i don't know why, but like many of you, have a difficult time reading gregory maguire's books.  i don't know why i forced myself to read and finish "mirror, mirror", "lost", "...stepsisters" then finally "wicked".  what was i thinking? thank goodness i'm a fast reader.  i'm stopping there and not reading any more, even sequel to "wicked", really i promise....

Date Posted: 5/27/2009 8:54 PM ET
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I am sort of going through this same thing with The Poisonwood Bible.  All I hear is how fantastic this book is.  But I struggled through the first chapter.  I'm into it a little more now.  But I'm hoping it really grabs me shortly.  I have a huge TBR pile staring at me from the bookcase!

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 2:25 PM ET
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I do this all the time.  I had to start one book three times and then suddenly the book and I were in sync and I read it thru and then read every book in the whole series.  That book was Magician by Raymond Feist, now considered a 'calssic' in the fantasy genre.  Robert Jordan started the WHeel of time - a long and increasingly complex story that I would snatch the hardcovers as soon as they were published - one about every 2 years and each nearly 1,000 pages long.  About book 7 I could not finish it.  In hopes I bought book 8 and then just gave up.  The whole epic saga, orignally intended to be 3 books, then six, went to 11 books and Jordan DIED before he finished the tale!  Now another author is writing the ending from his notes.

Sometimes, you're not in the mood.  And sometimes the author just takes too long to get from point A to point B and after awhile you wonder why you're even going to point B.  Unfortunately, that seems to happen to me more these days.  Maybe it's because writers have lost the gift of great story telling, or maybe it's because I've read so many books I lose patience easily.  Life is too short for so many bad, derivitive books.



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Date Posted: 5/29/2009 9:34 AM ET
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I recently had this problem with Chasing Harry Winston....  I really wanted/still want to read this book....  read like the first 30 pages or so one night and then the next morning couldn't remember a WORD of it....  and then some other books that I had ordered arrived and my OCD normally wouldn't allow me to not finish what I was reading, but for some reason, I just couldn't bring myself to read it right then....  and it is a highly wish listed book so I generally try to move those along to others...  just couldn't do it though....  I'm sure I'll enjoy it when I get the urge again....  but for now it just sits in my ever growing TBR pile....