Monday, January 6, 2014

My Reading Quirk

Monday, January 6, 2014
Lately I've developed this new reading habit and I was wondering if other people do it, too. It used to be that when I was ready to start a new book, I'd know exactly what I wanted to read. I'd pick up a book and start and, well, that would be it. But now when I want to start a book, it's harder to decide. I'll be certain I want to read one particular novel, I'll read the first chapter, and then... I just won't connect with the writing.

It''s not that I'm giving up on these books entirely- I'm just putting them aside until later. Because I will want to read them later, usually after the same process.

Two Boys KissingThis happened with The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle, an author whose writing style I LOVE. When I started TIMOU, though, I couldn't get absorbed into the story. A month later, I couldn't put it down. This also happened with Cinder (a book I loved) and just today with Two Boys Kissing. It is highly, highly unlikely that I won't like Two Boys Kissing, but I just wasn't feeling it at that moment.

After a few more tries, I picked up a few other books and finally got hooked on Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst.

Maybe this is happening because I own so many more books than I did before I started blogging. The thing is, I've been blogging for over 2 years and this has only started in the past few months. Maybe my reading habits are just changing, and that's okay... it just means if I ever go anywhere, I'm going to have to bring A LOT of books with me.

How do you select your next read?

9 comments:

  1. Yep! Been there, am doing that. I've had a lot of books that I set aside...not really given up but put to the side when I'm more in the mood (which could be never, sadly). I think it's because we've got SO many books to choose from. Maybe?

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    1. Yeah, I think that might be it, too.

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  2. Oh! I've had this problem lately too! I think I've become more moody with what I want to read or what I'm interested in. There are even times when I'll finish one book in a series and have the next book but suddenly won't want to read it. Weird. In general, I have a list of books I have to read and then of books I want to read. I start with ones I need to read first. I read a few pages and see how I feel (unless I really urgently need to read it--then I'll push myself).

    I'm hoping this moody-ness will go away soon, but who knows?

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    1. I'm hoping the moodiness goes away, too!

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  3. Yeah I'm having very similar problems, I think I have too much choice at this stage and not enough time so the two combined equals disaster! I start one, read it for a bit but my mind starts to wander to all the other books I could be reading even though the one I am reading is probably one I've been coveting. It's nuts and oh so frustrating! I need to snap out of it soooooon

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    1. Yes, too many books and not enough time! I just want to read ALL the books at once!

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  4. Yes, I do this sometimes. When I'm not sure exactly what I want to read next but I have a few potential books I'll read the first chapter of each of them. First book to hook me enough to read on to the next chapter, and the next, and the next is the one I'll stick with. I'll still read the others, but just not right that moment.

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