Thursday, December 07, 2017

Book rut

I am kind of discouraged about my December reading. I mean, today is the 7th, so I have had an entire week of this month, and I still haven't read a single book.  I had big plans to read this:
This was one I've been waiting impatiently for because her History of Love was one of my favorites.  But I feel like I can't connect, and I am wondering if it's because of me or because of the book and me, you know?  Like, am I too dumb to appreciate this book?

This highlighted sentence is perfect, though:
How do you get out of a reading rut?

For me, when I am into a book, I can read it so fast-- less than a day-- and if I really love it, I am on to the next book as soon as I turn the last page.  Except for a book that slaughters me like, say, A Little Life from which I have STILL not recovered, and it's been almost 2 years.  But a book I don't like  or can't connect with throws me completely off my game.  I read magazines at lunch time or stare at my phone.  I fall straight to sleep at night. I spend any free time staring at HGTV.   It;s like my habits totally change.

It's not a question of not having time-- I think that's something we just say when we don't want to do the thing.  There's always time.  I have recently discovered this with my morning workout.  Sometimes I have to break it up a little bit, but those minutes are there for the taking if I look in unexpected places.

Happiness guru Gretchen Rubin says you should stop reading a book if you don't like it, and judging from her FB pots, she reads much more than I do and is busier to boot. I just can't quite make myself do it, though.  For some reason, I feel like once I have opened the book, I am in and that's it.

Thoughts about this book specifically or reading habits in general?  I'd love to hear them.  Also-- still taking comments on this giveaway post.


  1. I have given up on books in the past, but it is pretty rare. I feel guilty when I do, like I started it so now I own it and HAVE to finish it. Guilt is kind of my go to feeling though : I too, was pretty torn up after A Little Life. I think I saw it on your list and read it on our trip to Texas. I could not get Jude out of my head that whole vacation. You know it is really great writing when you feel like you lost your best friend after reading it.

  2. I TOTALLY get it! If I have a lame book I find a lot of other things I’d rather be doing, and then I lose all my reading efficiency. I’ve been trying to embrace Gretchen's Strategy, especially if it takes me over a week to get into something and the due date is looming. It’s gotten easier. I think I’m going to have to give up on Careers For Women pretty soon. I can’t get through it, but I’m all caught up on The Walking Dead

  3. So I'm blaming this on you :)

    And also,
    Whether you're a reader or merely a book buyer :)
    "Did Eco actually read all those books? Of course not, but that wasn't the point of surrounding himself with so much potential but as-yet-unrealized knowledge. By providing a constant reminder of all the things he didn't know, Eco's library kept him intellectually hungry and perpetually curious."