a confession + what inspires you to read?

Saturday, August 4, 2012

I haven't read in a while. And even when I did read, I feel as if I am no longer in love with it. This feeling is totally frustrating to me, because even when I try to get engaged in a book, I just can't. Maybe it's just the books I've been reading. Maybe I just need something truly amazing to jump start my love for books again. At the moment, I have no idea just yet.

As always, I turn to you. I would really like to know what gets you inspired to read. What makes you excited to pick up a book? What are some books that always make you love reading? Help me, friends. I feel a bit at a loss here. You all know how passionate I feel about this as a whole, and I just want it back!

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  1. I could use some advice, too. I had a huge reading slump this year and I thought it was over, but I seem to be in another one right now. I am reading, but very slowly and not with as much enjoyment as I would like to, it seems like forcing myself. I know I'm not being helpful, but maybe knowing you're not alone will hopefully make you feel a little better. :)

    And, you might be right, maybe we are just reading the wrong books, we need to find something great to get the feeling back.

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    1. Pepca, we've been following each other for about 2 years now! Haha. Crazy when you think about that... I guess we can't help having reading slumps every once in a while. I hope you do find that book!

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  2. I definitely get into a reading slump sometimes. It's frustrating, but if I feel like I'm just not loving my books... well, I do something else. Sometimes telling yourself it's okay to take a break and doing something else instead - working on something online, watching a bunch of DVD box sets, spending time with the family, whatever - means that when you DO fancy picking up a book again you have more enthusiasm than ever! Sooner or later you'll wander along your bookshelves and something will suddenly look appealing, and BOOM. You're back in the game. :)

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    1. Ellie - I wish that to happen sooner or later :) Thanks.

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  3. Take as long a break from fiction as you can stand. Catch up on the great new things happening in world events (Olympics, new advances in science, etc). Your instinct to follow the Higgs-Boson particle is correct.

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    1. Anon - Thanks for the comment, whoever you are! ;) I of course am definitely catching up on world events as well. And yes, it's an exciting time for science for sure like you said.
      It's a challenge being away from fiction for me, and I'm just frustrated that I can't find the book that will spark my usual enthusiasm again. Perhaps you have books to recommend related to science? :)

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    2. A interesting and non-technical book I haven't gotten around to read is Marcelo Gleizer's "A Tear at the Edge of Creation." Timely skepticism given the hype over the Higgs-Boson particle and renewed interest over unification theories. Marcelo Gleizer being a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. There is also Dr. Michio Kaku, who has always been a good popularizer of science and has written a few books to date.

      If you can find it on the internet, the program "Through the Wormhole" with Morgan Freeman touches on a lot of interesting new work in science (time/space, dark energy, dark matter, cognitive sciences, etc). Some more credible/developed than others.

      As for the fiction, maybe try burning through simple, short novels to "spark" your interest. Just off the top of my head, I would recommend "The Housekeeper and the Professor" by Yuko Ogawa.

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    3. Oops-- Marcelo Gleiser*

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    4. Thanks for the recommendations. I have read The Housekeeper and the Professor and really liked it! I'll try to look into 'Through the Wormhole.' It sounds like something that I'd enjoy. I've also read many of Micho Kaku's works. My favorite from him is 'Hyperspace' as well as 'Parallel Worlds.' Thanks again!

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  4. When the going gets tough and it definitely has from time to time - I turn to a mystery. Something the gripes me from the very first page.

    Best of luck darling.

    My suggestion: go to a book store, grab random books, read the first two pages, and go with the one that really really grabs you and won't let you go.

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    1. Hi Juju, thanks for the advice. I am definitely going to try the bookstore idea, sounds like fun too. Maybe next Friday! :)

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