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Subject: What's Wrong with Me?
Date Posted: 5/17/2008 12:22 PM ET
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In the past six months I have not been able to really get into anything I'm reading.

I started "The Visitation" by Peretti and put it down - it did nothing for me.

I started "A Steadfast Surrender" by Nancy Moser and got about half way through but put it away.  I thought it was totally boring and quite ridiculous.

I started "Waking Lazarus" by T.L. Hines and got about 5 chapters in and now it's just sitting on my night stand gathering dust.

I started "Circle of Seven" and haven't 'officially' stopped reading it but it's taking me FOREVER!  I thought i would gobble this one up because I read his "Interview with the Devil" in top speed and loved it.

Have any of you ever gone through this kind of reading blah?

I think it may have something to do with my baseball obssession and the fact that I spend most of my evenings glued to a game!  Oh yeah, my team is on a hot streak!

Please tell me I'm not alone!

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 1:40 PM ET
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Angela, I went through this same thing a few months ago. I couldn't even get into my old favorites.  So I just put aside reading anything for a while and did other things.  The phase passed and I was able to get back into reading again and now I am reading like crazy! LOL

So maybe you just need to take a break due to reader's burnout?  :D

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 2:16 PM ET
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Yep. I've done that, too. Ditto what Tricia says. Go play outside or watch a movie for a while. Come back to your books in a couple weeks. Don't start with one of the ones you couldn't finish, though. Start fresh. Maybe try a new genre.

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 3:11 PM ET
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It happens to me too. I don't know why because it will be books I know are good ones or with good authors. It isn't the books--- It's me.   I think it happens to me when I have a lot on my mind and I just can't focus on what I am reading.   I agree with some of the others.   Go out and do something different for awhile and then come back and try something different from your regular genre. I read all kinds of genres so if I have been reading alot of fiction, I change to a biography or true crime. That seems to help.

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 9:59 PM ET
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I agree with what Diane said, If I can't get into fiction...sometimes it just all seems the same...I pick up a non-fiction memoir or other type of non-fiction book and it seems to shake me out of the rut.


Date Posted: 5/18/2008 6:44 PM ET
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If I'm having trouble with a book I usually put it aside for a while and switch genres completely. I also try to move between genres frequently - if I've just finished a difficult book I'll read a Christian chick lit next or if I've just read an easy book I might pick a memoir as my next choice.

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 7:26 PM ET
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This happened to be a little bit ago, and I think I even started a topic asking for suggestions.  I don't remember if I actually picked any of the suggestions up, but eventually I got out of my reading slump.  I think sometimes you just need a break.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 8:56 AM ET
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Thanks for all your input .... I'll try switching genres I think!

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 1:20 PM ET
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Angela, I just bumped up my thread asking for suggestions to get me out of my reading slump.  Thought you might be able to use some suggestions.

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 8:01 AM ET
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It's funny how sometimes, when I can't get into a certain book, I put it down and come back to it some time later;  then I really get into it and just love it, and can't figure out why I didn't like it the first time around!

Subject: book recommendation
Date Posted: 5/21/2008 3:55 PM ET
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For a big genre switch, you could try Lone Survivor.  It's a nonfiction account of a Navy Seal operation gone bad... in Afghanistan I think?  The middle East anyway.


I thought it was pretty easy reading; super interesting about what it "takes" to make a navy seal and then a recounting by  the one (lone) survivor of the operation of how everything went down.


I'm pretty "pro-country" but I am super pro military now.  There is a memorial to two of the men that died nearby and it was really moving, especially after having read that book.  Then I picked up another book by Richard Marchinko (creator of Seal Team Six I believe) and I'm not too into it.  Too much cussing.  :(

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 4:22 PM ET
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Kimberly - that does sound interesting.

i actually picked up the Cirlce of Seven book again and I'm getting into it!  Yeah!