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Old 07-24-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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How do you combat 'readers block'?

Am struggling to know what I'd like to read next.

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Old 07-24-2013, 11:38 AM   #2
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Why struggle? If there's nothing you feel compelled to read, don't bother. Do something else instead.

Reading should be a pleasure, not an obligation.

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Old 07-24-2013, 11:47 AM   #3
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When I get into reading slumps, I try something light and somewhat mindless. Terry Pratchett usually works for me.

But as Mike says, reading should be for enjoyment. Don't work too hard at it.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:50 AM   #4
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Why struggle? If there's nothing you feel compelled to read, don't bother. Do something else instead.

Reading should be a pleasure, not an obligation.

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Very true, but I like to read on my commute to and from work and on my lunch hour. Definitely not working through my lunch

Oh, don't get me wrong guys, I love reading and it is a pleasure but nothing's jumping out at me at the moment if you know what I mean.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:58 AM   #5
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when i have reader's block i will usually go in for a shorter, stand alone novel or maybe even a short story (Brandon Sanderson's Emperor's Soul will be my next).

This way, its a shorter story and maybe it will either put me in a fantasy mood after i finish it, or maybe i'll want to go back to hard scifi, etc.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:05 PM   #6
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Switch genre.

And pick something reasonably short.

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Old 07-24-2013, 12:14 PM   #7
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I either read a short story or re-read a favorite.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:20 PM   #8
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If nothing new strikes my fancy I go back through my collection and read something great again. Before eBooks that was my home library that is still crammed with books.
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I read a hard-boiled novel, either of an author I like or from series I know is good (like recently discounted Hard Case Crime).
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:06 PM   #10
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Am struggling to know what I'd like to read next.
If you used calibre, you wouldn't have this problem.

Calibre can choose random reads, as an option.






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Old 07-24-2013, 01:33 PM   #11
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Yeah as a voracious reader I usually read every chance I get, but often I'll just not feel like reading for a day or two, so I don't. Sometimes it is aided by having a less than compelling book in progress. I will abandon books, but sometimes it is hard to let go if they started out well. Usually after such mini-sabbaticals I'm chomping at the bit to do some reading.

Then sometimes I want to read but have a hard time settling in on a particular book. Those are good times for catching up on perusing some downloaded samples.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:11 PM   #12
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If you used calibre, you wouldn't have this problem.

Calibre can choose random reads, as an option.

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I have calibre, but the books use up too much storage on my computer so I don't bother storing everything on there.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:37 PM   #13
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If I have been reading a lot of fiction, I will switch to non-fiction, and vice versa.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:49 PM   #14
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Take a break. If you don't have anything that grabs you, don't read. It shouldn't be a job (unless it is your job).
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:15 AM   #15
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Like you, I generally read on my commute and during my lunch break. Times when there isn't much else I can really do. To get back in the groove, I generally read an old favorite or something I know I will like (more Discworld, etc.) Sometimes I really need to take a break from reading and on those times I tend to play a couple mindless games on my phone or print out some sudoku for my commute.
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