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Old 06-11-2024, 03:36 PM   #16
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The only thing that puts me into a slump usually are odd sorts of stress. Not quite depression but unexplained ennui. Right now is explainable - I have two very sick cats, but back in February, I struggled and there was no particular reason present. I find a couple days of marathoning something on BritBox or Netflix to usually get me over it.
My deepest sympathies with you for your kitties. I hope they'll recover (if it's something one can recover from).
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Old 06-11-2024, 08:09 PM   #17
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I find that my reading speed depends a lot on content. I tend to be very slow with writers that put a lot of thought into each word. Shakespeare, Waugh, Flaubert, and even Tolkien, on the other hand, I can breeze through pulp and detective fiction that I love to unwind to.
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Old 06-12-2024, 04:08 AM   #18
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My reading speed is nowhere near ‘books per week’. I still work full time so I get to read a chapter or two in the morning, then after work. In the evening I usually watch something on TV or a movie with my wife. I do long sessions on the weekend, except when golf, shopping, or work around the house gets in the way. So I’m more of the 2-3 books a month category, except for like now I’m in a trilogy omnibus edition which I count as one book.
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Old 06-12-2024, 08:34 AM   #19
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I'd say that reading (speed and quantity), like anything else in nature, is not uniform.

Sometimes reading is broken by bouts of thinking (I like to pause after books I particularly like and want to remember well - maybe start re-reading, maybe just muse, but definitely not start a new book until at least next day/week).

Sometimes one is just not in the mood

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except for like now I’m in a trilogy omnibus edition which I count as one book.
What book is that?
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Old 06-14-2024, 10:35 AM   #20
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I finished the book I was on during my slowdown, and another and I'm well into another. I think my slump is over.-) The tips here like bingeing TV, taking a break, etc, are all pertinent.
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I'm not so sure I'd express it as "reading speed" but there are times I read for hours a day and times I don't pick up a book in an week or two. Reading competes with Tv watching, work load, spending time with the wife, kids or grandchild.

I've been out of work for about a month, and just got a stereo put together - which has meant a LOT more reading time. Listening to music on nice speakers, and in surround, while reading is wonderful.

I also happen to be in the middle of a 12 book series that is on Kindle Unlimited. So, I'm pretty much reading a book or 2 a week, not counting audible listens.

My new job starts Monday, so I'm sure my reading amount will reduce a great deal.

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My new job starts Monday, so I'm sure my reading amount will reduce a great deal.
You won't be finishing that series before you go back, then.
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You won't be finishing that series before you go back, then.
Nope. But it's a good series, I will finish it.
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I'm not so sure I'd express it as "reading speed" but there are times I read for hours a day and times I don't pick up a book in an week or two. Reading competes with Tv watching, work load, spending time with the wife, kids or grandchild.

I've been out of work for about a month, and just got a stereo put together - which has meant a LOT more reading time. Listening to music on nice speakers, and in surround, while reading is wonderful.

I also happen to be in the middle of a 12 book series that is on Kindle Unlimited. So, I'm pretty much reading a book or 2 a week, not counting audible listens.

My new job starts Monday, so I'm sure my reading amount will reduce a great deal.

What series? I’m always on the outlook for a new KU series.
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What series? I’m always on the outlook for a new KU series.
Ryan Kaine series by Kerry Donovan. They advertise it "for Jack Reacher fans", and I think most Reacher fans would indeed like this series.
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