Well, dear readers, I appear to be in a reading funk. I’e read very little since early August, with only two serious reads within the last month and only a few novels besides that.   I don’t want for books to read– I have four I’m pecking at — but nothing I try is sticking.    Homo Deus has, so far, been more about animal rights than transhumanism; Our Only World by Wendell Berry is rather like everything else I’ve read by Berry;  and Fly Girls is interesting enough– just not, as yet, compelling.  I’ve also been reading Where Wizards Stay Up Late, a history of the internet. I’m hoping to find the exit sign from Funkytown soon, however, as I’ve just purchased a few promising titles from Bookbubs. I was also tempted by two Trek titles, but my inner miser kicked me and pointed to the existing Trek titles I’ve yet to read.

What do you do to break out of a funk? 

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12 Responses to Funkytown

  1. Ruth says:

    I think the funk is natural and happens from time to time to most bloggers. You just have to go w/ it. Whether you find a book that excites you, or you really need a mental break, whatever it is, you'll know when you are back to normal and ready to read and write again.

  2. CyberKitten says:

    It happens to me from time to time. Presently I'm reading about half speed which is annoying. In the past to get by a reading block I read (almost) trashy novels that took no real effort to polish off and seemed to revitalise things. Also like a sorbet to clear the palette.

  3. Mudpuddle says:

    a change of venue helps sometimes: try reading a book in a coffee shop, or try a long drive on the freeway and reading at the same time: i used to have to drive a lot and i did that; it made the reading quite exciting…

  4. Stephen says:

    Yes, weaving while holding a novel in front of the steering wheel could make it very exciting indeed! 😉

  5. Stephen says:

    @Ruth: I've had minor ones before. I've been devouring one of the new books, so maybe I'm on the outside of this one. @Cyberkitten: I tend to use Trek novels to recover from a long bout of nonfiction. Not exactly trash, though! 😉

  6. Brian Joseph says:

    I used to get into reading ruts. Sometimes I think that it is best to let nature take its course and just let it end naturally. On the other hand reading a favorite genre and finding a book that is fairly easy to get through might work.

  7. Marian H says:

    Same here – in a reading rut and can't seem to finish anything. In the past, I've found if I start writing (stories), I soon want to be reading again, and vice-versa. Only problem with that is I want to finish everything on my “currently reading” shelf before October if possible. 😦

  8. CyberKitten says:

    I wonder if my slowdown is related in any way to the fact I haven't read any SF for ages….? [muses]

  9. Stephen says:

    Is it something you are missing? I think part of my rut is caused by my waiting for one book in particular, which — judging by the time it's taking to arrive — must have shipped from the far-distant Chinese interior.

  10. Stephen says:

    The three listed on Goodreads?

  11. Stephen says:

    I've finished two books just recently, so I'm hoping the spell is broken. One was from an author I've been waiting for October, and another was just a quick history jaunt.

  12. Marian H says:

    Yes, almost everything on my “currently reading,” plus The Jungle Book and a T. E. Lawrence biography I couldn't stay out of. I just haven't had the nerve to add them to the official list…

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