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Old 10-04-2013, 04:50 PM
 
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The last few months have been challenging with certain priorities, and hobbies have been neglected. One of them is reading. I used to LOVE reading. It was my comfort. Now, my comfort is sleeping - and watching old YouTube clips.

How do I get back my love of reading? It has made me a better writer and thinker - and I want to keep those assets.

Any suggestions? Just plunge into it? I did, then I said, "Big deal", and tossed the book aside. I ended up going to sleep again.

Anyone else experience this and recover to embrace reading again?

Thanks
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:21 PM
 
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Are you sleep-deprived? Ironic question, but that may be why reading is not holding your attention. I could have the best book in the world in my hands, but if I am sleep-deprived, I fall asleep by the third page.
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:33 PM
 
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You need to find a good book that will hold your attention. Some books put me to sleep even though they are good, but then there are those that keep me awake for hours because I can't put them down. Find some books like that.

What kind of books do you like to read?
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:15 PM
 
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I like to read biographies and autobiographies.
Sometimes first-person fiction is appealing, too.
Short stories are pretty nice. I'll try finishing one tonight.

To the other poster, I'm not sleep deprived. Guess I had much on my mind and needed to sleep to unwind. Tonight or tomorrow, I try reading the short story I began. It was written in the 1960s. Found a book of 1960s short stories at a used bookstore last week. Still interested in books, so there is still hope for me.
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Old 10-05-2013, 12:23 AM
 
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Try leaving those human interest stories alone for a while. I think you're too caught up in your life to be able to relax with other people's problems. Instead, pick up a book or even a magazine about popular science, collectibles, art, or traveling--something that you like, anyway, and enjoy learning about. Once you can allow that to take your mind off your stressful day, you should be able to pick up those biographies and fiction books again. Sometimes life crowds us so much that we have no patience for stories, so don't torture yourself trying to get into stories that seem irrelevant right now. Take a break, and read about restoring classic cars, or traveling to Tahiti! The stories will find you again when you're ready.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:21 AM
 
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So you've lost interest in an activity you used to enjoy, and now your comfort is sleeping. Those sound like symptoms of depression to me. Perhaps you should discuss that with your doctor.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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I like to read biographies and autobiographies.
Sometimes first-person fiction is appealing, too.
Short stories are pretty nice. I'll try finishing one tonight.

To the other poster, I'm not sleep deprived. Guess I had much on my mind and needed to sleep to unwind. Tonight or tomorrow, I try reading the short story I began. It was written in the 1960s. Found a book of 1960s short stories at a used bookstore last week. Still interested in books, so there is still hope for me.
I was going to say that jumping back in with short stories or maybe even magazine articles (New Yorker, Vanity Fair, etc.) would be a good start. Something that's not too daunting to get through to get you in the swing of things.

apropos of nothing, I heard that reading before you go to bed trains your brain that reading=sleep. So even if you're reading in the middle of the day, picking up a book will make you tired. Stimulus - response.
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Old 10-05-2013, 03:17 PM
 
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I was going to say that jumping back in with short stories or maybe even magazine articles (New Yorker, Vanity Fair, etc.) would be a good start. Something that's not too daunting to get through to get you in the swing of things.

apropos of nothing, I heard that reading before you go to bed trains your brain that reading=sleep. So even if you're reading in the middle of the day, picking up a book will make you tired. Stimulus - response.
That's interesting, Fleetie.

I love to read when I'm traveling. Maybe that's why reading = adventure to me. Lucky, I guess, because it beats reading = being groped by TSA agent!
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:58 PM
 
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If you have a friend who reads and has similar interests, ask that person to recommend a few good books to get you started.
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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What strikes me is that you say that you're reading for comfort. So it would make sense that you achieve the comfort and you fall asleep. Maybe it would be different for you if you decided to try reading for excitement, or for the gratification of knowledge, or for the wonder of creativity. Have you tried that? For instance, you helpfully mention that you read biographies and autobiographies. I'm guessing that for most of those, you already know what you're getting into - if you're reading about Jackie Robinson or Ronald Reagan or Laurence Olivier, you may learn more, but you already know going in pretty much what you're going to get. Try either fiction, or else non-fiction where you have little or no idea what will happen (and don't look up beforehand to find out). I mentioned here that I read a book on art fraud, and it was intensely interesting, because I didn't know at all what was going to happen next.

Is the internet in your bedroom? What if you started by banishing internet from the bedroom? It's also interesting how much I read when there's no television.
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