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Subject: Pulled any bookmarks lately???
Date Posted: 7/29/2013 6:56 PM ET
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I feel like I have quit quite a few books recently, anybody else?  Maybe it’s the heat!  I gave up halfway through “Measure of a Lady” by D. Gist, I found it sappy and I just didn’t care.  I also recently gave up on “Caleb's Crossingby Geraldine Brooks.  Audio books especially haven’t been holding my attention, I recently gave up on Dean Koontz “Dragon Tears” and “The Taking”, I used to love his books but maybe my taste have changed.

Date Posted: 7/29/2013 7:30 PM ET
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a book of short stories by different authors usually works for me.

Date Posted: 7/29/2013 8:13 PM ET
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Ugh, I've had months at a stretch of dry spells like that.... to the point that I just wanted to throw my hands up and yell UNCLE.

I just finished "The Last Time I was Me," by Cathy Lamb.  It had a highly improbable plot, but I got a kick out of the characters.  Just started "Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America," by Linda Lawrence Hunt.  It's the true story of a woman who walked across America in 1896.  Pretty interesting. Everybody's taste is different, of course, but either of those might pop you out of your reading doldrums.

Date Posted: 7/30/2013 10:06 AM ET
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I am actually reading a book of short stories right now, "Too Much Happiness", and it seems to be helping with my sudden onset of ADD.  I used to feel guilty about quitting a book but this site has helped me get past that.  So many books and so little time, right?

Date Posted: 9/7/2013 1:10 PM ET
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I just quit Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, I started it awhile back and picked it back up today. I can tell it is a good book but is just to depressing for me right now. 

Date Posted: 9/8/2013 7:57 AM ET
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Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

I think that book got sort of mixed reviews when it came out. some good, some bad. I think that was a first novel for that writer. I have that book on my shelf but it has been there a while. I think I may get rid of it soon if nobody asks for it.

If you like mysteries I recommend stuff by Georges Simenon. His inspector Maigret series has many good reads. I have read several of them and they never disappoint for me.

Date Posted: 9/15/2013 1:57 PM ET
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My cat reached up with her little paw and pulled the bookmark out of Gardens of the Moon.   It's a  huge book.  I remember what I read last, but I am having a heck of a time finding my spot.  The new bookmarks I am making are very showy, bright, detailed and apparently irresistable to a cat.

 

Judye / maysied

Date Posted: 9/17/2013 8:01 PM ET
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I liked The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet so much that I bought the audio to listen to.  That was even better! 

Meg, as anyone in the audio swap can tell you, I quit a book way sometimes only half way into the first disk.  I stopped the 50 page rule for print books a looong time ago.  Maybe 25 now.  Sure, I miss out of a lot of slow starters that are probably awesome, but I just don't have the patience anymore.  The past few months, I've broken my own records for how many I start and quit.

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Date Posted: 9/17/2013 9:53 PM ET
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Bonnie- audio gets me to through so many books that I never get around to picking up, either because they are too big (i.e. Fall of Giants right now) to "classics" that I never get around to starting like  "a Thousand Splendid Suns ".  I rarely quit an audio, I did give up on some thing Dean Koonz this summer. 

Date Posted: 9/19/2013 9:23 PM ET
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I have that problem of nothing seems to be of interest and I can't stick with it at times.  I have usually been able to break the problem with some good ole smut or some romance, not the Christian kind I usually favor.  If there is humor, that really helps to get me off the boredom cycle.

Date Posted: 9/20/2013 8:12 AM ET
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Maysied - Did you find your spot?  That made me laugh when I read your post!

Pamela - I agree that mixing it up can cure a slump; I try to rotate my genres for just that reason.