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I don’t want to read

No clear idea why.

I feel as though I haven’t had the time when in actuality my bus rides, lunch times, occasional evenings, and weekend or two have remained free for it – I just don’t appear to be interested. (Not to mention the [potentially alarming] amount of Morse I’ve been watching.)

I want to read, but I can’t concentrate.

The Sellout (Beatty), Post Office (Bukowski) and A Dream of Ice (Anderson & Rovin) are just a few of the books I’ve tried to begin in the last month, none of them has got through to me. Normally I would adore them.

I’m having a conversation with myself, reading Alice and ‘please, I really don’t want to think right now Alice’, arguing about whether to read or not. No one needs two Alice’s in their head. No one.

The book-world in general has felt out of reach of late, as though I’m circling it in a daze. Thus, the blog has suffered this last year as well. I didn’t even know the new Ferrante was coming out until Saturday, what sort of way to live is that?

What do you do when you feel like this?

8 thoughts on “I don’t want to read

  1. I can understand how you feel. I’ve been trying to figure out what to read, too. Nothing sounds good to me. And yet, there are so many great books to read. Ugh! Its so frustrating. So, I picked up a copy of Vogue and dove into that. I really enjoyed it and when it raved about the new Zadie Smith (which I can’t wait to get my hands on), I got excited about it. I think maybe sometimes we just need a break from reading. The right book will call out to you. Happy Halloween!!


    1. That’s such a good idea (I do so love vogue). I think you’re right, maybe a break is what I need. Or at least a break from thinking I need to read to review. Happy Halloween to you too 🙂


  2. I think when I’m not in a reading place (which mostly I am), I’ll try some comfort reading or romance novels or something else that doesn’t feel quite like my normal reading routine. And if that doesn’t work, it’s also fine to just spend your free hours watching TV or daydreaming instead. There’s no shame in that!


  3. I go through those periods as well. In my case it’s related to pursuing a PhD in crime fiction, which leaves me with no intentions to pick yet another crime fiction book after having spent the past 11 hours researching.

    In my experience the best is to go with the flow and listen to your body, it’s probably telling you something. I binge-watch TV until a book picks up my interest again. Sometimes it takes hours, sometimes it takes weeks. I just try not to stress myself and think that there are more things in life that I should enjoy apart from reading. And if you don’t feel like doing anything, don’t. As I said, it’s usually your body (and mind) calling for a break.


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