Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Back In

I've had a hard time reading lately. It seems that the library doesn't have any especially good books and those I do end up taking home don't hold my interest once I crack them open. This has been a time of book abandonment for me. My favorite was losing interest in a book which had a plug on the front about how it was "thrilling" and impossible to put down once you pick it up.

Finally, last night, I opened a book and got sucked in. The book: The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs. I started reading it around 7:30 and pretty much didn't stop until I went to bed. I haven't done that for a very long time. It was nice.

I just wish I could find something that's fiction that does the same. I don't know if I'm just off fiction for a while or if there's something about the specific fiction I've been picking, but I'm in a memoir mood for sure.

5 comments:

Jenny said...

Yeah, reading block sucks. But maybe you needed a fiction break--I need those sometimes too. Shane was surprised by how much non-fiction I owned when we moved in together.

Oz, the Mad said...

Perhaps not peculiarly, and definitely not helpfully, the most effective cure for this "reading block" I ever found was literature classes. The issue being, you don't actually enjoy all of the massy great masses of words you are being forced to read. Still, I've read Frankenstein now. That pleases me. I've always meant to. Because of the way it starts I don't think I would have finished it if not for its class requirement nature. I'm glad I have...

Maybe we need some sort of UGWP book club style of thing. Ya'll are always nudging each others to write stuff, what if we started nudging each others to read stuff to. It'd be dull if we were all reading the same book, but what if we were all reading the same genre, or author, or out of the same period.

Ali said...

You know Oliver, as much as I hate to admit it, I kind of like that idea. Maybe it could be an informal kind of thing - like, part of the post-meeting dinner.

Debbie said...

So, like, instead of "What are you reading?" it would be more of a "What are you going to read for next time?"

Hmm. Of course, everyone reading the same book is the classic definition of a book club. But still. . .

Jenny said...

Yes, traditionally everyone reading the same book is the way book clubs go...but genre or time period could lead to some really interesting discussions I think. Could give us all some perspective on trends, at the very least.