How have you been doing? I hope you have been safe and well during this difficult time. And since where I am at we are going into our second lock down because people don’t care about being safe there is more time to indulge in things otherwise ignored. One such indulgence is reading.
Now I don’t know about you but I have always been an avid reader. I wasn’t always and currently it is like an on again off again relationship, but I still love reading. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on. And for years I was never not reading. I always had something in my hands and sometimes another one in my bag. I was actually that kid that got in trouble for reading in class. I don’t feel bad because we were doing presentations and the girl was droning on and on about her massive crush on a guy old enough to be her father and was generally a little annoying. But I was like 15, so it was teen angst making me wanna be a rebel lol.
And I rebelled by reading… But that’s not what this post is about.
I want to talk about book block. I’m sure you’ve experienced it at one point in your life or another. You’re probably thinking that it sounds a lot like writer’s block and you’d be right cause it is pretty much that but for reading.
It’s when you can’t find anything to read. Be it something new, or an old favorite, just nothing sounds good or is hitting the spot. Or you’ve started and stopped multiple books over and over never getting past page 50 before giving up. Or the same book! It has happened to us all.
When I was in college I pretty much stopped reading all together. I just gave up. I was reading so much crap for all of my courses that even the thought of reading something for pleasure made me shudder. I just couldn’t do it. There was no interest. No drive. Nothing. I tried. Boy, did I try. But it wasn’t until my senior year of my undergrad that I started reading again. I don’t really remember what it was but I was able to start reading again and it was amazing. I devoured book after book just like I did when I was younger.
But then I started my graduate course and all of the sudden I couldn’t read anymore. I was bogged down in so many readings that I did what I did before and just stopped reading. And this isn’t really the best considering I was looking to enter the library field. And as much of a stereotype it is, you really should be reading and wanting to read in this field.
And it’s not as if I didn’t want to read but nothing caught my eye or could keep me interested long enough. This bout also passed when I finished my graduate course… just four months after my graduation. I just needed that one book. The one to spark an interest and get me hooked. So hooked that as soon as I finished it I immediately ran out to pick up the second and third one from my library. It was great! I started reading and was working through about two books a week and it felt so good.
But alas, that didn’t last too long and I am currently working through another block trying to find something. Just anything to get the spark going again. I have a few books I got from my library that I want to try and read soon. It just comes down to reading the damn things.
That is the thing, isn’t it? Just starting the book. Why is it so hard to just start things? That’s a topic for another post though.
I have found that for me it comes down to one of a few things. I either need to just force myself to read the book. Any book and at least try to finish it. Or I need to go back to an old favorite and maybe skip around a bit to my favorite parts and just relive them as best I can. This will sometimes jump start my and convince my brain to get with the program and do some reading. And I usually enjoy it.
But sometimes I just don’t feel like trying. And that’s okay too. There is so much out there for you to explore you can take a break and try something new instead.
Either way, book block is very real and I think I may be on my out of it soon. Just need to buckle down and try again. Share with me what you’ve been reading or what you’ve been up to! What’s one of your favorite books to reread? let me know in the comments below!
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