I think I'm going to shut From My Bookshelf down for a while; maybe for good. I've been putting this together for quite a few years now and it's starting to feel a bit more of a chore. I'll keep my Goodreads & Instagram connected, but with the state of the world right now, I just want to read without worrying about making sure I post something about it. Who knows - when the world starts to make some semblance of sense again, I may start actively posting here again. Until then, as always, happy reading!

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday Salon 30 XI 2008

Good morning, fellow Salon Members! Where has the time gone? I have been wildly busy these last couple of weeks getting settled into my new home, and then off to house-sitting for my mother while she is on vacation in Florida. I was hoping to put a large dent into my TBR pile and get myself that much closer to my 100 book goal for the year (I'm at 86!) but suddenly, I find myself suffering from a lack of interest in reading. It's horrible! It has nothing to do with the books that I'm reading, but everything to do with a lack of desire to pick up any book right now. And I brought such loverly books with me to my mother's house to read. **le sigh**

Anyone else ever have this particular problem? I'm in the middle of some excellent books right now (Laura Kasischke's The Life Before Her Eyes, Bebe Moore Campbell's 72 Hour Hold, Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall) and I can't seem to concentrate on any of them. I pick one of them up, read a page or two, only to discover that I have no interest in reading any further. It's a most frustrating position to be in!

Hopefully I'll break free of this reader's block soon and have something more than this pitiful attempt to write in a Sunday Salon.

Hope everyone's reading is more productive than mine right now!


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

A great book will shake you out of it!

tapestry100 said...

I can't seem to find that perfect book though!

Monique said...

instead of trying to read all three just try to read one. I tried to read more than one book at a time and noticed that messed up my enjoyment of the books.

Dani In NC said...

I've been in a slump like that before. Sometimes the effort to hold a book in my hand feels like too much. You'll get past it soon enough.

Beth Kephart said...

I am reading Brideshead Revisited just now, another Waugh, of course. It took me 20 pages to sink in, but now he has me. I've struggled with this reading block in times past. Sometimes the only cure is to walk away until not reading hurts. Until you are grateful again for books.

Anonymous said...

When I feel like this I go back and re-read a book that I've enjoyed before. It doesn't make so many demands on me and I can enjoy spending some time with old friends. I don't know if it would work for you, but it might be worth a try.

tapestry100 said...

Thank you for all your suggestions. I decided that I needed to step away from everything that I was working on and anything that I "needed" to read for discussion, etc and just relax back into it. I borrowed a book that I had read before and had enjoyed (Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader) and picked up The Tales of Beedle the Bard and enjoyed both of those. I'm reexamining the TBR pile, and think I will stay with Ann's suggestion and simply read things that I've read before and know are good friends, which means Beth's Into the Tangle of Friendship.

Thank you again to everyone! While it's not a great feeling, it's good to know I'm not the only one to suffer from this.