Monday, November 2, 2009

Will I Ever Finish Another Book?

Lately, I feel like I just don't have any time to read. When I do start reading, I usually enjoy what I'm reading, but I'm quickly distracted. I also didn't do a very good job of keeping myself from taking on any other commitments after BBAW. I just love doing things around the blogosphere and my mind is constantly going...seriously, I wish there was a way to stop it sometimes.

I still haven't finished the book I was reading all last week, because I tried to read my book club book, but ran out of time and didn't get very far in it. I started reading yet another book tonight, and while it's actually extremely interesting, it's non-fiction and will probably take me quite awhile to get through. I have never felt so ADD about my reading before! Everytime I go to read, I pick up something different and because I don't actually have very much time to read, I'm just not getting very far in anything.

I think I need a readathon every week. Yes, I think that's the answer. I'm not even watching much TV these days!

So how about you all? How is your reading going these days?





Amy

29 comments:

Melody said...

I've been feeling that lately too! That explains why I'm still behind on reading a book I need to review and Harry Potter Bk 3. I feel I've taken a long time to read the latter, not because it's not interesting but it's more of my mood.

Mark said...

I could use another readathon or two, but I do seem to be getting things read. And I caught up on my TV shows this weekend. Not the movies on the DVR, but the episodes themselves.

Bibliolatrist said...

I've been feeling exactly the same lately. I think I'm burned out, and I didn't even participate in the readathon! I'm hoping things will look up soon.

Sandy Nawrot said...

I'm with you girlfriend. Ever since I got back from my girls' cruise, I've been drifting. I am in the middle of a book that is only about 200 pages and I CAN'T GET THROUGH IT! As for audios, though, that is like force feeding thank goodness. So I keep plugging through those. I think my biggest issues is that I just don't ever freaking sit down. It is starting to really drive me crazy.

bermudaonion said...

My reading will definitely take a hit this week because I have a lot going on and my life isn't half as busy as yours! Don't fret - it will all come together for you.

debnance said...

I'm so harried right now (I think that's the word, but I don't have time to look it up!) that I'm hit and miss on everything but picture books for the Cybil judging I'm doing.

This, too, will pass...this, too, will pass....

Meghan said...

You will finish another book. =) Maybe you should take the pressure off yourself and just focus on what you enjoy for a bit. If you like it, read it - don't worry about when it's going to be finished. I know, that's kind of impossible, but I try to do it when I am unhappy with how much I read.

I felt very burned out on reading last week - it didn't affect my quantity but I really wasn't loving anything I read. I switched gears and went for things I liked and it helped a lot.

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

I have been the same way. I just managed to finish THE MAGICIANS and I am hoping that I can finish up Frankenstein today. I have taken on a lot lately but I like all that I am working on. I have no idea what to say for us. I have an idea I've been kicking around. You want in? LOL

Book Whisperer said...

I have times like this as well, but everytime I overcome it. So good luck hope you do soon.

Melanie said...

Lately I've been reading all over the place. In the past, I've just steadily read one book, start to finish. Currently, 'm in the midle of four different books. I can't seem to focus, either.

TexasRed said...

I've had lots of family and work stuff going on lately & haven't had the time or inclination to read. Even what I have finished, I haven't written reviews for.

Jill said...

Your post made me ask myself, will I ever finish another book review?? I have been reading and not posting my thoughts...but I have resolved to start anew with a fresh month!

regularrumination said...

I feel the same way because of school. I actually just finished two books last night, but it was because I gave myself a free pass from the guilt I feel when I read for pleasure instead of school. It was nice to finally finish a book, but not very satisfying since I've been working on them for what seems like months.

Thomas said...

I say put away the books (temporarily) that are slowing you down and choose something that you know will be all cosy and comfy. Like the book Heidi or the The Secret Garden. Or choose a book about reading, that usually gets me back in the game. Like the best book ever written, The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, or Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman, or 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. Any of those are guaranteed to sweep you up and away.

Beth F said...

I've been having trouble lately too, but it's more because I haven't found anything that totally excites me. I started a kids book for Julie's Shelf Discovery challenge and I started to feel the thrill again! I'm hoping I'm coming out of my slump. So my advice is to pick something very light, very easy and see where it takes you.

Jenn said...

That happens to me sometimes too. I find that I can't decide what genre I want to be reading. Usually I just start 2-3 books and then keep flipping. After a few nights of it I tend to focus on just one.

Debi said...

Aww Amy, hang in there! I do know how you feel...I've been having "distraction" issues a lot lately. But you know what, as long as you're enjoying yourself with other things, don't sweat it. Your reading groove will come back...I guarantee it.

Terri B. said...

Time of year? Something in the water? I too seem to be highly distracted and keep bouncing around from book to book and not going anywhere. Hope things settle down soon. Hang in there!

Michelle said...

I'm actually in a reading upswing right now for whatever reason. My review writing is suffering though.

I wonder if you stop taking on scheduled reviews etc (like you've said you're moving more towards) and pick up something random just because if that would help.

Diane said...

Yes, yes, yes, I need a monthly (12) hour read-a-thon. I always get more motivated after completing a few books in a row.

I am sure you will get back on track soon Amy.

Jonita said...

Hang in there!!! I go through reading ups and downs too. Sometimes I'm not quite sure what I'm in the mood for (nothing grabs me) and I can't seem to get into any one book. Usually I'll just grab something from my fave genre (chick-lit) and indulge a little. Usually by the time I'm done, I'm ready to go again! So treat yourself and read something that you love....and hang in there!!! This is such an insane time of year :)

Jen - Devourer of Books said...

We need to figure out a way to get you paid for all the work you do in the Book Blog community so that you can quit your day job and still have to read as well as do all of your projects.

Gerbera Daisy Mom said...

I'm in a total reading funk too. Posted my 1st review in two weeks! That's nuts! But at least I'm in good company.

softdrink said...

I am SO with you. I have 5 books going right now. And last night I just sat here and stared at all of them...I want to read them all, but I was paralyzed with indecision.

Debbie's World of Books said...

My reading has been kind of slow. My daughter is going to sleep later and later so that seriously cuts into my reading time. Not to mention all the tv I've started watching. Sigh, never enough time to do everything.

I've been seeing you involved in so many projects I don't know how you manage. You are one busy lady :)

heidenkind said...

Uhg, join the club. I am managing to finish a book this week *crosses fingers*, but that's because it's really good. If it was just okay I would have given up by now. I think twitter may be affecting my attention span. ;)

Serena said...

I was thinking about this the other day and how I need a read-a-thon once a week.

Andi said...

It sounds like we're in the same boat. I'm very busy and distractable this week, which is a bad blend for reading.

J.T. Oldfield said...

Might I suggest a novella? You can still join my novella challenge! :)

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