Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Sunday Salon: Sick of Reading?

I had a tiny little Twitter conversation with Kelly of The Written World where we were moaning about not being too drawn into our books this past while and starting lots, but not finishing any. She said, "Maybe we're just tired of reading."

What? Did she really say that?? Tired of reading? Me? Us? Is that even possible!!??

But then I thought, hmmm... you know what.... I think that perhaps she's right. What a weird thought that is, but perhaps I'm just tired of reading. Maybe it's time to haul out the sewing machine and quilt something for Christmas. Maybe I should catch up on some scrapbooks. Maybe I should jump into the Christmas prep wholeheartedly, without complaining, and actually have fun with it.

Maybe I should stop stressing about getting challenges done by year's end, or reaching some 100 books read goal (no way that's going to happen this year!) Maybe I should stop reading what I feel must/needs to be read, and only read what I want to.

What if I went for a whole week without reading? No, now that's just going to far!

Have you ever been just plain old sick and tired of reading? Do you ever take a week off? How'd it go?

Books I am reading/should be reading this Sunday:

Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins: my post for this book for The Classics Circuit will be up on Dec. 8. Be sure to drop by then. I'm enjoying the book, it's just not grabbing me, you know. But I will finish and have a post.

The Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander: I need to get this borrowed book back to it's owner. And I'm halfway done, and I'm just not into it.

The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley: I grabbed this one because it fit into my purse, and I needed something on the run. But so far, I have no idea what's happening. But I know I'm going to love it... soon.

Farworld: Land Keep by J. Scott Savage: The treadmill book. Just a few more pages! And I have been loving it. Very exciting, fast paced story. After tomorrow's walking session, I'll have figure out a new treadmill book.

What the family is reading:

The Mr.: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
JJ: The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
Moder: The Odyssey by Homer
Toto: Pendragon book #6 by D.J. MacHale


  1. You read way more than me. At this point in my life, I read less than I probably ever have since learning to read, unless you count children's books and whatever I read browsing the web -- ha, I can't IMAGINE how much reading my browsing would add up to. But, even when I was reading my most, I'd always read in fits and spurts... voraciously race through book after book, and then have a few days or weeks where I would just relax during my commute instead of reading, quilt at home instead of curling up with a book. Just my personality - I'm an obsessive, fickle hobbyist. :)

  2. You know just a couple of weeks ago I was thinking that I was, while not tired of reading itself, tired of only reading - I needed something to do in addition to reading (or bloggin about reading!!). So I took up an old hobby and started making bookmarks which I'm planning on giving away on my blog! I've found that since I started doing this, I've enjoyed the time I do spend reading much more. So maybe you just need to do something else some of the time.

  3. Yes, I do have times when I just get tired of reading. It's good to have a break sometimes!

  4. I go through reading funks at least a couple of times each year, and usually when that happens I take about a week off from reading. I basically don't read until I feel like I'm dying to read again. Thankfully it doesn't happen very often, but when it does I try to take a break. I want reading to be something that I love doing. That's also why I've been trying to plan on accepting only a few review copies each month. That way there won't be any pressure if I need to take a break. (This is easier in theory than in practice, of course.)

  5. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with book group reads, challenges and finishing books i've borrowed, but i don't get tired...more like impatient to read what i feel like with no time constraint.

  6. YES. That happened to me recently. So instead I spent a few evenings watching TV rather than reading. Then I picked up a Time Magazine "book" of essays (which I'm planning to review soon). Then I was finally ready to get back to "real" books. Maybe you just need to give yourself permission to NOT pick up a book for a day or two ... that may be all it takes. I know that since my mini break, every book I've picked up has seemed fantastic.

  7. I am in sort of a reading funk right now. The book I am currently reading hasn't really captured my attention yet but once it does, it will be all good.

  8. YES. I am feeling a bit like that right now. Mostly it's because the stupid due dates at the library make me feel like I HAVE to finish this book OR ELSE. And we know how I feel about fines. Anyway, I haven't decided what to do, except not get any extra books from the library. Eh. I can't stop reading.

  9. IB: Fickle hobbyist! I love it!

    Daphne: Making bookmarks sounds perfect.

    Amanda: Breaks are good, yes.

    Alyce: It is hard. I want to read everything.

    Bybee: Exactly! I think you described the feeling perfectly.

    Heather J: I take that TV break all the time! :)

    Reviews: Hopefully you'll come out of your funk soon too.

    Melissa: Those dumb due dates!



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