I just want my reading to flow again
May 27, 2010 10:14 AM Subscribe
I used to read a lot. Those days are gone -- and the "to read" pile keeps getting higher. Help me become an efficient reader again!
posted by Opal to grab bag (37 answers total) 67 users marked this as a favorite
It used to take me between two weeks and month to finish a book. Good fiction took less; technical/work stuff, a little longer. I wasn't exactly a fast reader, but I went through 6-10 books per year and was happy with that.
Over the past 5 years the amount of books I read has diminished greatly. I find myself dragging the same book around for months. I read maybe a couple of pages before I fall asleep, even if I am not particularly tired. On my 45-min commute by train, I'm lucky if I read a half dozen pages. Then I conclude the problem is the book itself, put it down, start another. Last year I finished one book, one that I was extremely excited about, and even then it took me over 4 months to read it.
I haven't been particularly tired. I haven't lost interest, I still find myself eager to read, and it's not like I haven't tried varying the themes. There are a lot of subjects that interest me greatly, there's stuff I need to read for work, there's fiction that I enjoy a lot.
Am I lacking discipline, or am I lacking attention, or something else? Is there a technique that will help me read more efficiently?
Speed isn't so much the issue - I just want my reading to flow again, however slow.