I get Reader’s Block, at least that’s what I call it. I just can’t finish a book. I’ve started 4-5 books in the last months and haven’t completed one. Lately I can’t even begin a new book. It’s really frustrating and a bit confusing. I didn’t know other people had this problem until Dysfunctional Literacy mentioned it in a comment. They’re the only other one I ever knew with this affliction. Any body else out there unable to read a book lately? I was able to read a few books in the past year, but the vast majority I’ve been unable to finish.
This is a growing problem in my life. I have always been an avid reader and every once in a while I would be unable to finish or even start a book, but most of the time I am “dry” only for a few weeks at a time. The times I am not able to read are growing longer and longer, and I’m not able to maintain an interest in any writing longer than a few pages.
Is this part of my cognitive problems? I believe it is, though I certainly couldn’t prove it, other than the fact that as my cognitive issues have worsened so has my Reader’s Block. This summer I read some old favorites, but I read all of this author in those couple months, and then was blocked again. I tried some new books, new authors, but as good as they were and the books came recommended, I couldn’t finish any of the four I tried reading.
I’ve tried reading the old classics, but some of the old style of writing is difficult for me any more. Not that I don’t understand the terms, but the style of storytelling has changed over the years and reading the original Frankenstein or a Victor Hugo has become too much for my addled brain. It can be very depressing.
Three authors I’m usually able to read include Christopher Moore-simple stories with a lot of humor; Tolkein – I know the stories by heart and don’t have to try to keep track of all the characters as I know them all very well; and Kurt Vonnegut – because his writing is also relatively easy to get through. I may try some other old faves like Poe–shorter stories might be much easier to get through. For some reason I no longer have my Poe handy. Perhaps a trip to the library would help.
Who are your go-to authors when you need a good read? Which are your favorite classic authors? I’m sure I can’t get through Chaucer or Shakespeare, and certainly Moby Dick is out. I could try Hemingway, but I’ve never liked his stuff. Other classic tales fail to come to mind, but I’m open to suggestions. I really need something to read in the next week as I’m going to do NaNoWriMo next month and reading something always stimulates my mind for more writing.