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Subject: How do you get out of a reading slump?
Date Posted: 10/2/2010 9:39 AM ET
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I am in such a horrible reading slump it's not even remotely funny.  My go-to for such a slump is usually a cheesey romance, but with the state of my marriage, that's not working for me.  I've tried a couple of  historical mysteries, no go.  Cozies, no go.  


So how do you get out of such a deep slump?

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 10:34 AM ET
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I have been in that same situation, lasted a couple of years for the same reason. I think what helped me was change genres completely. I started reading James Rollins, P & C and F. Paul Wilson. It eventually lead me back to romance. I hope that things improve for you Melani.

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 1:19 PM ET
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I second the suggestion to switch genres.   A really well written mystery or adventure will keep your interest. 

Preston & Child are very good, as is James Rollins.  Steve Berry would also be a good choice - most of his involve historical artifacts and present day mystery/adventure.  Those are all really fast paced.   JD Robb is good too - slightly futuristic - a female homicide cop 50 years into the future.  Simon Beckett's Chemistry of Death was excellent!  I can't reccomend that one enough if you want a "thinking" kind of mystery (i.e. not car chases & explosions).   I also found Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett to a really gripping read.  It's historical and very long though.

You may want to also look into the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher (Chicago's only Wizard for Hire).  I've seen them described as Harry Potter for grown-ups.  Sometimes a slightly alternate world is enough to take you out of your daily worries.  The above authors should be read more or less in order.

On the other hand, anything by Carl Hiasson is a fun & fast read - set in Florida.  Robert Asprin has a sci-fi series that's also fun - very short books with "Myth" in the title - the adventures of an apprentice wizard in an alternate world learning his way.

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 5:09 PM ET
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Switch it up!!  James Rollins and Andy McDermott are two authors I LOVE.  Adventure, Action and you gotta have an imagination because they can get pretty far fetched.  But they are FUN reads!  Good Luck!


eddited to add -->  With Andy McDermott you have to start with his very first book and follow in order.  

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Date Posted: 10/3/2010 9:21 AM ET
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You know, I read a James Rollins several years ago and I really liked it.  I'll see about reading another one.  I'll have to check out McDermott, I haven't read him before.


I'm doing other things I'm enjoy and my life is getting back on  track, but the reading thing is bugging the crap out of me. LOL

Date Posted: 10/4/2010 1:18 PM ET
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The Daniel Knox series from Will Adams is good if you like Rollins and McDermott. I have the Alexander Cipher on my shelf.


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Date Posted: 10/4/2010 6:17 PM ET
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Amazingly enough, one method that was described to me as a 'cure' to the reading blahs was to read four (yes, four!) books at the same time.  Pick one up, read a set number of pages - up to you - either a chapter, or 10 pages, or whatever you choose.  Then, after you accomplished that, put that book down and pick up the second on your pile.  Read 10 pages in that one, and go to the third.  I thought the suggestion was a little crazy, until I tried it, and found to my astonishment that it worked for me!  No more reading slump.  


PS I love all of Sharon W's suggestions, especially Preston & Child.

Date Posted: 10/5/2010 2:52 PM ET
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Cele D.

That must be why I never find myself in a reading slump as I always have 4 to 5 books going at once. 


Date Posted: 10/6/2010 11:11 PM ET
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That's funny, I was going to post that I never have reading slumps either--but I usually have 8-10 books going at a time!  Maybe that IS the secret?

I would think reading something in an entirely different genre would help shake things up.


Date Posted: 11/5/2010 10:23 PM ET
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I have to jump on board and agree with the "have several books going at one time" notion. It works for me, and I get so much more reading done. I wish I had done that years ago. Maybe my TBR pile wouldn't be so huge. Actually, it would probably be the same size anyways. cheeky

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 11:24 PM ET
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I also agree with the reading multiple books solution...although I didn't start reading that way for that reason, it does seem to apply as I very, very rarely find myself not wanting to read or throwing aside everything I pick up.

I usually have one big thick hardcover I'm reading at home, a lightweight paperback at my bedside--literally light in weight AND in content, often a cozy mystery or light fantasy--a paperback to tote to work to read on breaks, and then an audiobook all going at once. Sometimes also a non-fiction book I'm reading slowly over a longer period of time.  And usually all these books are a bit of a mix of things--a couple of mysteries, a fantasy, maybe a historical fiction or something.

Often times one of those books will totally capture my attention and I'll read my 'at work' book at home til it's done, or will finish off my quick bedtime read during the day. But usually one of them will strike my fancy even if I'm in the foulest of moods. :)


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Date Posted: 11/9/2010 4:22 PM ET
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I'm in the multiple book reading set.  I don't think I've ever had a reading slump but did have some books that seemed to take forever to finish.

Now, I'm like Cheryl.  My nightstand book may get finished off during the day or my car book (one I have for waiting) might be brought in and finished off.  I call it my car book because I have a book in the car to read in waiting rooms.  Nothing heavy duty, something I can put down and pick up without having to worry about forgetting what's happening.

I rarely have a DNF these days.