A reader’s perspective on getting started.
I read all the time. I mean I always have a book on me. At work, at home, in the car, everywhere is a good place to have a book. So it’s been a weird experience that it has been over two weeks since I actually read one. I’ve kind of been listening to a story, but even that hasn’t fully drawn me in and grabbed my attention. I look at my huge to-be-read stack every day- I mean it is right next to my bed so how can I miss it? But even with all these titles by authors I love and authors I’m looking forward to meeting for the first time staring at me daily I just can’t get any of them started.
Maybe it’s because once I start a book I’m going to finish it. Even if I struggle to turn the page and it feel like I’m reading at the pace of one word a minute I will eventually finish the story. I may put it down for awhile if the subject matter is too intense, but 99% of the time I will pick it back up again at some point and finish it. Maybe I’m nervous the next story will be the one story I won’t like by a favorite author. Maybe I’m nervous that I will start a new author’s work and go into debt because I will have to buy all the rest of her work- like immediately!
Does that explain why even with a “free pass” by my wife to buy three extra books this month, I still haven’t read any of them in the past several weeks? I mean there are authors I love- the one’s I always buy everything they put out. There are several end-of-the-series books just sitting there with all the ends tied up if only I finish them. And there are new promising titles venturing off into new subject matter. What more could I want as a reader?
Is it possible that I have reader’s block? Is there such a thing? Author’s sometimes get it, I mean I’ve read on various sites how author’s have a bout of writer’s block and there is lots of advice and ideas on how to break through. Can the same thing happen for a reader? All you reader’s out there, I need some advice! How do I break through my reader’s block? Give me some LesFic titles that have the most amazing opening chapter that there is no way I would be able to put the story down again! I know you have some!! What LesFic story grabbed you so quickly that you stood reading in the bookstore aisle until the staff was wondering if you were trying to get a free book or read through the entire Amazon preview with such captivation that there was no way you weren’t clicking the “Buy with 1-click” button onto your e-reader? What story will pull me in so quickly and so thoroughly that my reader’s block will bust open?
Help! I’ve got reader’s block and I don’t want it!