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Old 06-29-2011, 12:52 AM
 
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Nothing. This has been the longest dry spell in my life.

You know when you have too much bad stuff going on, and your brain is mush, and you couldn't concentrate on the written word even if your life depended on it? That's where I am if you're looking for me.

I can't wait to be a reader again.

In the meantime, I'm reading (!?) this thread and expanding my "to get and to read" list for when I'm in a better head space.
I hate that feeling. Maybe try audiobooks to tide yourself over. You do not have to strain your eyes reading and can listen while you walk if you have a mp3 player or cd player.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:30 AM
 
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... try audiobooks to tide yourself over. You do not have to strain your eyes reading and can listen while you walk if you have a mp3 player or cd player.
I love audiobooks and download them routinely from our county library. I use them instead of television, if I am working on something that doesn't require concentration, and my Zune connects to my car when I am driving.

The downside is that sometime I find I "de-focus" and lose a section of the reading!
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Dandj - when you are up to reading, try The Tiger. I hope life straightens out for you soon.
Thanks for the recommendation and the good wishes, sweets.

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I hate that feeling. Maybe try audiobooks to tide yourself over. You do not have to strain your eyes reading and can listen while you walk if you have a mp3 player or cd player.
I wish that was the answer. It's not in my eyes; it's in my brain. I just can't concentrate, not even on sound. Honestly, my husband starts talking, and I register two words of the sentence. I'm just not "there."
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Southern Ontario
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I am in the middle of The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson by Robert Hofler, a fascinating look at Hollywood in the 40s and 50s, and the man who created the careers of Rock, Troy, Tab, among others.
The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson ... - Google Books
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I just finished reading Uncle Tom's Cabin last night. I wouldn't say it was enjoyable, necessarily, but definitely worth reading.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Have just finished reading "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert, and I enjoyed it but didn't LOVE it. She is a clever writer and I thought at the beginning that this would be one of my all-time favorites. But so much introspection is a little tiresome for me after a while -- I should have known -- and I was rushing to finish so I could move onto another book. I am now reading "Lucid Intervals" by Stuart Woods. His mysteries are quick, funny reads and I can pick them up from my 55+ community's excellent library.

Then I have five new books from Amazon waiting for me on my bookshelf, thanks to the great recommendations in this thread. They are:

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" -- Rebecca Skloot
"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" -- Shaffer/Barrows
"Wait for Me" -- Deborah Mitford
"In the Garden of Beasts" -- Erik Larson
"Touching History" -- Lynn Spencer

Oh and there are a couple of other page-turners on my bookshelf too. Nice way to spend the very hot summer afternoons here in the Nevada desert!
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:36 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Nothing. This has been the longest dry spell in my life.

You know when you have too much bad stuff going on, and your brain is mush, and you couldn't concentrate on the written word even if your life depended on it? That's where I am if you're looking for me.

I can't wait to be a reader again.

In the meantime, I'm reading (!?) this thread and expanding my "to get and to read" list for when I'm in a better head space.
I hope things improve soon, and you can get back to that simple and basic joy of reading. Sending you good thoughts!
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I hope things improve soon, and you can get back to that simple and basic joy of reading. Sending you good thoughts!
Me too! And, of course, thank you!
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Thanks for the recommendation and the good wishes, sweets.



I wish that was the answer. It's not in my eyes; it's in my brain. I just can't concentrate, not even on sound. Honestly, my husband starts talking, and I register two words of the sentence. I'm just not "there."
Dawn, you've had major changes in your life over the last several months. They are not negative changes. It's just that there are so many of them. Your brain is taking a rest. I think that is how our brains protect us from stress overload.

The way my brain handles that is by demanding that I take naps. That's easy for me since I am retired. Try taking a nap from time to time. Artie the pup will like that.
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Dawn, you've had major changes in your life over the last several months. They are not negative changes. It's just that there are so many of them. Your brain is taking a rest. I think that is how our brains protect us from stress overload.

The way my brain handles that is by demanding that I take naps. That's easy for me since I am retired. Try taking a nap from time to time. Artie the pup will like that.
Thank you, D, my friend.
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