Reader’s block

An interesting question on the last post, from Binnie. Do I ever suffer reader’s block. Binnie, I’ve never thought of it in those terms, though that is exactly what it is. And yes, I suffer it all the time. Way more than I’ve ever suffered writer’s block. When I read something really, really good, I generally faff around afterward, unable to settle on something to read that’s not going to let me down. This was a problem after reading, say, Fugitive Pieces.

I’ve recently started a book, I don’t even remember what it’s called, because it happened to be the thing I grabbed on a quick trip to my bookcases between guests staying in the room that houses my books. It is totally not scratching the itch right now. I mean, I don’t even remember the title. But I hate not finishing books once I start them. So I will probably read a few unsatisfying pages a night, and supplement that reading with magazines until I get through.

Wow, I’ve never spent so much time thinking about how I read. What do you do when you get Reader’s Block? And what are you going to read this summer? I have four weeks off coming my way, and need to build up a stack…


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