Favorite Quotes on Books and Reading

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor

Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde

"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Reader's Block


I'm currently suffering from a new and tragic disorder that I'll call readers’ block. I'm sure you've all suffered from something similar from time to time, but this is the first time I've not been able to get into reading. I tried taking a break from my "required" review reading and started a new title from a favorite author, didn't help. I tried reading a print book rather than an ebook, but that didn’t help. I even tried reading magazines and the newspaper, no good.


I'm currently debating seeking medical help because in more than 44 years (hey, I'm almost 50 so I've been an avid reader for at least 45 years) I've never had a problem with reading. My family actually describes me to people as the girl that was in the corner with her face in the book. I was very unassuming in childhood and always read. I attended my brothers’ childhood baseball and football games but I was reading while there.


I'm a reader. I've read books in genres I didn't like and even by authors I couldn't appreciate but I've never been unable to finish a book. I've never even had to force myself to read, not even in college or graduate school. This is serious! Just a few months ago I was literally reading a book a day and now I can't finish a book in a week. 


There's no way I can possibly be burnt out on reading. That's an impossibility, right? 


Just worrying about this situation is bringing on a migraine. Ah well, I'll take a pain reliever, make a cup of rooibos tisane (doctor has prohibited tea and that's another migraine inducer in itself because hey tea is a great stress reducer), light a lavender candle and stop thinking about it for tonight. Hopefully I'll awake tomorrow renewed, refreshed and ready for some reading.

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