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What Do You Do When You Don't Want to Read?

I seem to be in a reading slump.  All day every day, I look at this pile of books that I borrowed from the library last week and I am just not inspired to read any of them.  There isn't anything wrong with any of them, but I just am not in the mood to read.  Either the book doesn't do anything for me or I can't seem to pick one up.   Over the last few days, I have done nothing but watch re-runs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Glee (currently listening to Wheels from season 1) on Netflix.

This is something I tend to do when I don't feel like reading and I look at it as a kind of detox or a pallet cleanser.  The shows aren't always the same, but the result is.  As soon as I've gotten it out of my system, I am back to reading two or three books a week.  I don't know if it is because I read so much that I get to this point, but every once in awhile I get like this.  So, I was wondering, what do you do when you don't feel like reading?  Do you switch genres?  This is something that I've heard people do.  How about listening to music?  Do you go out?  What do you do?

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  1. You hit close to home, but my problem is even when I don't want to read I read. I do however read a book like watching a well viewed DVD..I fast forward. I find myself skimming over entire pages where the author goes on and on about something they think is important and until I once again find the story line. Of course it is easy when you live isolated in a cabin and have read the books a hundred times!

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  2. How do you do it? There are times when I don't want to even look at a book or my Kindle. I started a new book tonight, but I kept getting distracted by anything and everything. I was like a kid with ADHD; my concentration was shot. I eventually put the book away and watched more episodes of Glee. I'm going to try again tomorrow, but I don't think I'm really ready to get into another book.

    My dad asked me recently how many books I thought that I have read in my lifetime. Without having kept track all along, there is no way for me to know. This year, I've read 45-ish and hope to do another 40 or so books by December. Unfortunately, in trying to read so many books, I end up with two or three duds a month, and I think that is part of my problem. After I finish (or make the decision not to read any further--big difference) a bad book, I'm a bit discouraged. Bad books (or books not to my taste) make it harder to want to keep reading because I get a little gun shy, afraid that I won't find another good book, even though I know that's not true.

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