Book Slog Syndrome

IMG_9515Have you ever started reading a book that you just can’t seem to get through? It’s not that it’s a bad book, or even an uninteresting book–somehow it just feels like you can only read it in slow motion.

Maybe that’s not a universal feeling, but I like to believe it is. Commiserate with me!

I don’t want to say the book’s title, because that’s sort of beside the point, but my current read has been S L O W.

S                    L                    O                    W.

What do you do when a book that you’re mostly enjoying feels like a total, never-ending slog? Do you quit? Power through the slog? Inquiring minds want to know.

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  1. Mairi says:

    Usually when I’m having trouble reading a book I actually want to read it’s the old “It’s not you, it’s me.”
    There’s something in my life making me distracted. I find it’s best to put the book aside and address other issues so I don’t miss out on my nice book HOWEVER if you wait too long you lose the thread.
    I’ve half-read 3 books in the last month. D:
    Thanks for tackling the big issues, Crystal.

    • Crystal says:

      I feel like it’s my public duty to bring these issues under the microscope and ask the important questions everyone else is too afraid to ask. So no thanks necessary.

      That being said, perhaps it is life distractions causing my problem. But I feel like when I’m reading something good I will usually throw my whole life out the window so I can lay and read in bed… maybe it’s a combo of the book not being quite good enough to overcome my life distractions.

    • Crystal says:

      I wish I could do that! I am so bad at not finishing books… I’ll just keep going and going at a super slow pace and then I do end up neglecting books I am really excited about. Maybe I will just give it up and try something else!

  2. Chuck Robertson says:

    Sometimes the writing is so complex it takes more time to get through. Simpler sentences and words read faster.

    • Crystal says:

      Haha… well I’m definitely not reading Faulkner or anything. It’s a pretty breezy read, but it’s just not being breezy for me. I think I’m ready for a new book.

  3. Jessica says:

    Ah, Crystal! I’ve had too many of these to mention. I hate when a book sounds SO good, but PLODS along. Torture.

    I used to feel so guilty for abandoning them, but now I agree with kristenlopresti: there are to many good books out there.

    • Crystal says:

      Yes, the guilt is real! I can count on one hand the books that I started and didn’t finish. It’s so hard and I wish I could figure out a way to get around that guilt like you two!

      I did end up finishing the book referenced here, and I’m glad I did because it WAS pretty good. It’s just that it was about 100 pages too long with all of those pages somewhere in the middle. The beginning and end were great! 🙂

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