Friday, July 6, 2012

Talking Books: Reading Funks

Talking Books: Reading Funks

Reading funks--I think we can all agree they suck, right?

Lately, for whatever reason, I've been having a hard time getting into a book. I've been trying to work through one book, which I'm suppose to review ASAP, for well over 3 1/2 weeks. True, I have been busy lately, which means I haven't had nearly as much free time to read. But when I do have that free time? I actually *gulp* dread picking up the book.

Yes, you heard me, and I know I should be whipped, but hear me out! I know that the book isn't holding my attention, and instead of losing myself in the book for the next hour, I'll just be struggling to read each page, hoping it will pick up, dreading that it won't.

Why do I continue then? I guess I'm too "nice" when it comes to books. Especially review copies. I feel like a horrible person if I put a book aside, never to finish it. Whether it's right now or a month later, I always try my very hardest to finish the book. I know many people only give a book so many pages/chances before they set it aside. But I can't do this--though sometimes I wish I could.

We all have our faults and issues, right? Well, this is mine. Don't judge. :D LOL

I did take a break for a week from this book. Instead, I picked up one that BookWhore had recommended, which has been in my TBR pile for far too long--A Hellion in Her Bed. Now I love Sabrina's books; they were, in fact, some of the first romances I read. You know the tale--back when I was far too young to be reading them, but I borrowed them from the library ("For my mother") and read them in secret. ;)

It took me almost a week to read (due to being busy, not because I wasn't interested), but I finished A Hellion in Her Bed yesterday. I really liked it--thanks Danielle! :) I do wish I had read book 1 first, but I plan on doing so as soon as I can, as well as grabbing the rest of this series.

But the first thing that popped into my head when I reached the final page? "Oh no... I still need to finish that Review Book." 

*sigh* So I picked it back up, read another 10 pages, and then put it back down. Even after taking a break, even after reading another book in between...I'm having a hard time getting into it.

I have to say, I don't believe it's the book's fault. I'm just in one of those funks, where I'm waiting for a book to come along and blow me away--and instead I keep getting disappointed. I've read a few great reviews on this book, so perhaps it's just me...

And I'm dreading when it comes time to write my review--what can I say, how can I explain why I had problems with this book without making it seem like I can't stand the book or author?

But that's another discussion entirely!

When you get into a reading funk, what do you do? Do you reach for an old standby (a favorite book you never grow tired of)? Do you try new books, hoping to shake it off?

Do you swear off reading entirely and start a new hobby until the mood strikes you again?

However it is that you deal with it, how long do your funks typically last, and how often do they occur?

I'm nosy. And I'm hoping that I'm not alone! ;)

Oh, one last question:
Do you have any suggestions for books/authors that you think will help to bring me out of my current funk?

I'd prefer if it was something in my giant TBR (I'm trying not to buy books right now), but if you have a suggestion for a book that I don't own, and you are sure that it will work, let me know--perhaps I can be swayed towards breaking my vow and buying a new book.


Until Next Time,
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Arianne said...

Books get me into a funk if they are horribly written or just plain boring to me. When that happens, I put them down for an indefinite time.

As for recommendations... Any Nora Roberts is good really. Try the Bride Quartet series. So amazing :) or the McGregors series. Love them :)

The_Book_Queen said...

:) I LOVE Nora! I've read her McGregors, they were great; perhaps a reread is in order to help me out.

I have not yet bought or read her Bride Quartet, but I want to so bad! Perhaps I'll ahve to break down and buy book 1 to read.

Thanks for the suggestions, Arianne! I hope you have a wonderful weekend (no reading funks!) :D


Melody May said...

Well, I have been a funk, but I end up going my favorites. I like to re-read my favorites. I love reading Ava Stones The Scandalous Series. I tend to go back her books a lot. Or I will try to something that I don't normally read to help me get out of a funk.

The_Book_Queen said...

Lately I've been so tempted to push the TBR pile aside and dive back into my old favorites--from Harry Potter to BDB to Lisa Kleypas. Maybe then I'll get out of my funk! :)

I'll have to look up Stones' books, thanks for sharing!