17 May 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Bookless

It happens even to the best readers from time to time … you close the cover on the book you’re reading and discover, to your horror, that there’s nothing else to read. Either there’s nothing in the house, or nothing you’re in the mood for. Just, nothing that “clicks.” What do you do?? How do you get the reading wheels turning again?
Lack of books is never a problem; more like the opposite! I generally have multiple piles and types of books waiting to be read. But every now and then I get ‘booked out’ ; I just can’t face the thought of picking up yet another book. Sometimes this is a sign that I’ve been overdoing it lately, but sometimes I just need a change. When reading fatigue strikes I just abandon all thoughts of books and find other things to do - often quite a challenge! Sooner or later the urge to read will come back, and when it does I begin with something light (so as not to scare it off again!). Before long I'll be going through as many books as ever.


Barbara H. said...

I'm the same way -- I can't imagine not having books to read! But sometimes we need a break even from enjoyable activities.

Chris said...

Seems to be a running theme: reading burnout.

Bookfool said...

Yep, I'll never run out of books and I do burn out, now and then.

CG, I've just tagged you for the "Eight Things About Me" meme. Don't feel obligated!

acquisitionist said...

Good post. I usually feel the burnout when I don't feel like reading something that is either required reading or I feel I should get through.

Literary Feline said...

I don't really think of my down time from reading as burn out. It's more like a natural break in my life cycle. :-)

CoversGirl said...

Bookfool: Fantastic! Since stumbling across the Eight Things meme the other night I've been hoping someone would tag me (and spent a happy half hour in yesterday's lab class considering what to include).

Acquisitionist: I know those feelings . . . fortunately I'm beyond required reading now (except for the odd textbook chapter). Slow-moving classics, though, can take some work to get through.

Literary Feline: Interestng thought . . . would you call that a librarian rhythm?

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