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Subject: Reading Rut Approaching
Date Posted: 2/12/2008 11:18 AM ET
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Occassionally I go thru phases where I can't find a book that keeps my interest.  I think one of those phases is setting in because I've made two trips to my UBS in the last week, loaded up on on some great books (including stuff by Erin McCarthy, Sherilyn Kenyon, Deborah Smith, Tara Janzen, etc.) and ... nothing.  I'll grab one, start reading but can't get past the second page.  So I'll flip to the ending, still nothing.  Skim a bit in the middle, and blah.  I'm stuck.  I'm actually sitting and watching TV instead of reading, something I rarely do (even family movie night I sit with a book while DH and kids watch a rented movie.) 

Now on the bright side, my UBS has romance's buy-1, get-1 free during February, so while I try to buy my way through this funk, it's not costing me too much money.  And several of the books I bought are on the club's wish list, so as soon as I finally give up on them, I'll post them and pass them on to someone who hopefully can appreciate them more than I am. 

But I hate these phases.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 11:25 AM ET
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I am going through the same phase and it has me addicted to Food Network.  I go through this usually twice a year and then I get tired of TV which gets me back in the reading mood.

Maybe some of the wish list books that you have will be more appealing in a week or two. 

 

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 11:50 AM ET
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I'm in this phase too. :( I think my problem is generally it's hard to find something that holds my interest, and even when I do, I get halfway through the book and get antsy about starting up the next one. I'm starting to get anxious about the mountain that is my TBR and I think I need to read faster! faster!  

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 12:35 PM ET
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I'm somewhat in that phase myself.  My problem is when I really a really good book, then the next one is just okay or stinks.  It makes it hard for me to pick up another one.

My TBR pile is huge too.  I know I need to read something but I can't seem to make myself hurry up and do it.

Sherri

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 12:44 PM ET
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I go through phases too..especially with quilting. same with reading but I do a lot of my reading during downtime at work adn I'm bored there anyways if it's not busy.. lately it seems like even books I'menjoying I keep p utting them down.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 12:45 PM ET
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arrgghh...double posted!



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Date Posted: 2/12/2008 2:29 PM ET
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Same thing happens with me. 

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 2:51 PM ET
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Does anyone else have this problem?  I tend to go through genre phases, where I tend to read one genre for quite awhile (such as historical romance), then all of a sudden, burn out on it and want to switch to something else.  When I first joined PBS almost a year ago, that's where I was, then moved on to chick lit,, and now have pretty much burned out on that.  The problem I'm having now is that I don't have a new genre to jump into, so I feel like I'm stuck in limbo!  As long as I have a general genre to stick to, I can always find things I want to read, but if I don't , then I don't know where to start.  I picked up a couple of paranormal romances the other day and started one, but I can't really get into it, and I'm not sure if that genre is really for me (I'm not into vampires and whatnot- this one is about a ghost).  I find that the general "romance" category is way too broad for me, and having too many choices makes it hard to choose anything.  Maybe that's just me though...anyway, just a long winded way of saying "me too".

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 7:25 PM ET
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When I hit this rut, I always turn to my keeper shelf and re-read some favorites.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 7:32 PM ET
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That's what I do.....a re-read is always the best bet.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 7:33 PM ET
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I read a lot of different romance genres, so if changing genre doesn't do it for me, I start cleaning out my bookshelves and looking for books to post or donate.  Sooner or later something catches my eye and next thing I know I'm in the recliner reading.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 8:29 PM ET
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That's when its time to pick up a "keeper."

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 9:19 PM ET
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I always have several on hand since I never know what mood will 'strike'...the other day I read a Harlequin Next then read about 3 plus of those in a row then got on a Merline Lovelace CodeName Danger 'kick' then went back to Next titIes then started Chasing Stanley (cause of the doggy on the cover!) sometiems I'm on the erotica/steamy 'kick;. don't know why, but I just can't get into historicals or the really 'deep' books; have trouble with some paranormal too and most time travel. I also switch to cozies or thrillers from time to time and the chick lit also..I think the chick lit I burn out on faster, esp if it's silly so I break those up with romance.I also tend to pull out a few special keepers when nothing else will do: Linda Howard's Mackenzie stories, some of Jayne Ann Krentz' older stuff, Lucy Monroe's that I've read and liked, Midnight series by Lisa Marie Rice...and the list goes on!

But I almost always have at least a bag of books with the harlequin type books, usually a few longer novels, funny, more serious, romantic suspense, chick lit, mystery...and sometimes even then nothing appeals to me!

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 9:27 PM ET
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Yep, I keep a variety of stuff on hand too.  I'm not really in to historicals or paranormals but sometimes I read one just for something different.  Sometimes I want a short book so I pick up an anthology or maybe a short Desire.  Gotta have variety!

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 9:27 AM ET
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I have too many books to re-read any lol I actually just cleaned out my tbr, got rid of some I didn't think I would get around to reading. Got my tbr down to 800 something, it was over 1000 lol

I am kind of in a rut right now. I read about 7 books last week and only one so far this week.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 12:50 PM ET
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I get this alot too.I have collected many different genres(thanks to PBS) and usually get in a  genre rut after 2 or 3 books and move into a different genre.When all esle fails I read a fiction book:)

Stacy

-My biggest four genres are:-

-Funny paranormal romance

-chick lit

-horror

-cozies

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 1:43 PM ET
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Got my tbr down to 800 something, it was over 1000

OMG, Ashley!  Where in the world do you keep all those?  I have 2 big plastic totes full of TBR books, as well as piles laying on the bookshelves and coffee table in my computer room, and it's sometimes overwhelming.  Of course, it's not stopped me from ordering/buying more, which is sad to admit.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 2:30 PM ET
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When that happens to me, I try a different genre altogether. Sometimes a true crime book, a biography or a mystery and that seems to help most of the time. Then  I go back to romance.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 5:07 PM ET
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On 4 bookshelves plus shelves on the wall lol They are double stacked

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 8:28 PM ET
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I seem to be in a reading rut too. I get stuck on a certain author and when I run out of her books it takes me a while to find someone else I want to read or I read a really good book and then can't find anything else I  want to read.

I usually don't read straight romance, I have to have a little mystery or suspense in it.  I have several WL books in my TBR pile and can't seem to get into them.  I read everything in sight the month of Jan and this month I can't seem to find anything at all to read.