I’m a mood-driven person. I read when I want to (though that’s most of the time), and can’t be persuaded to even touch a book when I’m not. Usually, though, this distaste for books is genre-based. For example, there are plenty of times when I feel that, if I read another vampire book, I may turn into a violent, frenzied bloodsucker myself.
More often than lacking desire to read, though, I suffer from what I call Reading ADD. This is when I cannot settle on any one book. I’ll pick up title after title and lose interest after a chapter or two–if I’m lucky. My mind may be telling me that some fantastic books are slow-starters, or that characters change and evolve over the course of books (usually), and three pages isn’t enough to decide whether or not I like the MC, but my attention span isn’t listening. Thus does my (temporary) DNF pile grow.
Sometimes, when this happens to me, I’ll reread an old favorite. I’ll pick something that I know will capture my interest–after all, it did at least once before. And sometimes that works. Other times…not so much. That’s when I begin to think that I might need to be medicated. The only reliable cure for Reading ADD is time. Eventually–though it’s usually much longer than I’d like it to be–I’ll refocus.
Part of the problem, I know, is trouble identifying what I want to read. Am I in the mood for some steamy contemporary romance? Or maybe I want some light and fluffy YA? Because money is tight, and I have the kind of TBR pile that sometimes gives me nightmares, I no longer allow myself the luxury of buying ebooks. Occasionally, if I’m really desperate, I’ll scour the blogosphere for some recommendations on good, cheap indie titles. It’s rare for those books to have the kind of attention-grab that I need to get back on track.
So. My question is this: Do you guys ever suffer from Reading ADD? And even if you don’t, do you have any suggestions as to how to bounce back from this horrific ailment? What do you do when you run into trouble settling on any one read? Or am I alone in this phenomena? I may be crazy, but I’m willing to bet there’s at least one of you out there who can empathize…
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