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Subject: Hello. Reading slump.
Date Posted: 6/2/2014 9:01 PM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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(sorry, hit enter too soon)

We were working on a number of, quite frankly, tiring home improvement projects over the winter and I got into the habit of just going to bed and going to sleep.  We did everything from new windows and doors, to painting, new fixtures, pulling out trees from the yard, and much much more and I was just pretty much tired for most of the winter and spring.  I feel like the only person on the planet to be in a reading slump.  I feel bad about it.  I'm hoping to get back into it soon, like this week.  Have any of you ever gotten over a reading slump?  I guess I just jump right in, eh?  So many great mysteries to read.  :)
 



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Date Posted: 6/2/2014 10:00 PM ET
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Never had an out-and-out reading slump, but had a fiction slump that lasted several years. I would pick up a book, usually a mystery, read a few pages and put it down never to open it again. After that happened several times, I read only non-fiction, but some really interesting books on history, archaeology and spirituality. Eventually I came back to fiction and now read mysteries almost exclusively. The internet supplies all that I seem to need on other subjects.

Date Posted: 6/2/2014 10:34 PM ET
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Thanks for your reply.  Well I do read all my news online, so maybe that counts.  :)  My girlfriend and I have a little exchange going, I give her books that I've read and she gives me puzzles she's completed.  She commented that I hadn't given her any books since last fall when I was giving her a half a paper sack full every month before that, for a couple of years, at least.  I then realized I'd been in a slump.  We remodeled the bath, replaced every door handle in the house, oh gosh, the list goes on and on.  How did I get too tired to read?

Date Posted: 6/4/2014 9:28 AM ET
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Hi Julie, I am just coming out of a reading slump, myself.  We have had an extremely busy spring: daughter's graduation from college, exchange student completing her time at our high school and our home and her mother coming to stay with us (!) and our annual cleaning/fixing of our rental houses. I absolutely did not feel like reading through all of this.  In particular, fiction just did not appeal.  It was as if I simply could not muster up any interest in what someone else imagined.  I did enjoy a little non-demanding nonfiction.  Thankfully, the busyness is easing up and I can read again!  I think it will happen again for you, too, and you can look around and enjoy all your improvements!

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 6/8/2014 2:37 PM ET
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I just did the same thing - too much going on and I got into the habit of doing puzzles before bed instead of reading. I had read l think 2 books in May by the last week of the month and my goal is at least 10, I got 3 more in the last week but man I need to catch up. I've been hitting it hard this month and I've gone from being 10 books behind on my Goodreads goal to 5 behind so I'm getting there. It's amazing how quickly you can get out of the routine.

Date Posted: 6/10/2014 11:05 AM ET
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I'm glad I'm not alone! :)  I think I'll toss a number of books onto my bed, close my eyes, and pick one, and just jump back in.  I really don't know what's wrong.  Reading used to be my escape but now I feel like, "Ugh, I don't want to take the time to get into a book".  I really don't like the slump, I want to enjoy books again.

edited to add a further thought.... I got out of the habit during recent and ongoing home improvement projects with the focus on getting the house ready to sell in a few years but found that I lost my interest.  I am trying to figure out why.  :)  I love cozies, just adore them, hope to get my interest back real soon.


 



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Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 6/10/2014 6:03 PM ET
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For me I had picked up something else to relax, word and number puzzles. What are you doing in the time you used to read? I kind of had to make myself read the first couple then it came back. I'm down to 3 behind, with the help of audiobooks while I do other things.

Judith L. (JML) - ,
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 10:33 AM ET
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I hear you and I agree with the others, if you have another hobby you like to do, maybe you should do that and the reading urge will come back.  I'm having some difficulties with my teens (not that unusual, I'm sure!)  and I find I'm easily annoyed by conflicts that crop up in cozies.  I've stepped away from cozies for a while and read traveloges, nature writing and Christian fiction until the urge for a cozy comes back.  My biggest slump was in high school when I hated to read because of all the reading I needed to do then.  I didn't think I'd ever pick up another book and read for pleasure, but I did.  I'm sure it will happen for you too, but I wouldn't push it.  I would wait for the urge.

Date Posted: 6/14/2014 5:04 PM ET
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My latest fun thing to do with my free time is to bake bread, the slow method, also known as sourdough (not like one thinks of San Francisco Sourdough).  I have live starter which needs to be fed, and etc.  Been experimenting with different flours and different "bakers math".  It's been a tasty learning curve.

Thank you for the suggestions and for letting me know I wasn't alone.  Truly very helpful.  :)  A kind group you are.

Barb, in the time I used to read I'm actually on my ipad playing games like, words with friends, etc.  And, I never thought I'd say this, but I've started watching some tv.  I have never, not even in my teen and younger years, never been a tv watcher.  Perhaps I just need to set that aside and pick up a book.

Date Posted: 7/27/2014 3:11 PM ET
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if you're not reading try to make some time for sex. cool