Battling Reader's Block

Hope everyone is doing well this fine June... It feels like the month is FLYING by.  Tomorrow is going to be about 90 degrees where I live, so I'd say summer is here.

Albert Bierstadt - Matterhorn

Since I finished 12 Rules for Life, I've been having pretty bad reader's block.  You wouldn't necessarily be able to tell... Current status seems productive:
  • Still slowly plugging away at the Tesla biography (it's interesting but very brainy)
  • On track for Cleo's read-along of The Four Loves (Lewis), though I failed to post for part 1 (will roll it up into the next part)
  • Also reading Master and Commander (O'Brian) and The Scapegoat (du Maurier), both of which are pretty good books so far
I think recent "real-life" stress has zapped my attention span.  I hate it when that happens.

There are certain types of books that can get me out of that.  I will probably keep sampling books till I find one.  Till then, it might be kinda quiet around here...


mudpuddle said…
been there: condolences... Hammett, Continental Op stories maybe?
R. T. said…
My Rx when I self medicate v. blockage = Simenon’s Maigret or Camilleri’s Montalbano ... get well soon!
Marian H said…
My library actually had one collection of Continental Op stories on ebook available. I read "The House on Turk Street" all the way through last night. :D Thanks for the rec!
Marian H said…
Thanks! :) I notice Sharon has been reading Maigret lately... I'll have to look into that series. My only exposure to hard-boiled fiction is The Maltese Falcon film which I didn't really like, but I'd like to give the genre a fair chance.
Sharon Wilfong said…
I agree with mudpuddle and R.T. I am going through the same problem so it's funny you should write about it.

I have also been feeling pretty puny this week. When that happens I have a hard time concentrating on weightier stuff. So I am enjoying a mystery by the lamentably little known Roy Vickers.
Sharon Wilfong said…
I went through a Bogart faze and watched a lot of his films. I didn't care too much for it either. But the other continental op stories I enjoyed very much.

The short stories are especially fun.
Don't you know that you're not allowed to have reader's block during my read-along. Wait until next month! ;-) LOL!

I have a little bit of reader's block myself but it's only because I've been so busy. And it's an unexpected busy. I'm going to try to keep up for my own read-along but it will be difficult. I will however persevere! After The Four Loves it will be time for something easier ... I think ...
Marian H said…
I love finding obscure but good authors! Will have to look into him.
Marian H said…
I'm actually on track for Four Loves! :) I don't have a ton to comment on yet, but that may be due to my current mood rather than the book itself. I've been busy *and* feeling dreary lately, a bad combination for reading/blogging.

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