Sunday Salon - Not a great week...

It has and it hasn't been a great reading week.  While I have read a lot, I have only finished one book this week.  I guess I am comparing myself to the other weeks in which I have usually have had 2 or more book reviews up, especially lately.  And that partly has to do with the fact that I have been trying to finish Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman and seems to have zapped any sort of reading will out of me. I will and have read great portions out of the ebook, but it seems that any time I finish with reading it, I don't want to read anything else.  I think part of the reason is that the book is so dense that one can't just plow through the book like they would with a novel.

Its not that I don't like it, I do, but it just seems that when I am finished with a section, I can't read anything else.  Its like I have to will myself to read something else because it zaps so much energy out of me.

That being said, has anybody else experienced that feeling that after reading a portion of a book, you can't read anything else because either you are so focused on the book or its just so dense with facts and information that you can't really read anything else?

Book reviews:
Anya's Ghost


I don't think you should feel guilty, Melissa. That book, from what I saw and from what you're describing, is quite an undertaking in itself. I haven't read that kind of book in a while, although I think one that compares is The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer. I remember reading that as a teen and I couldn't focus on anything else. It was great, but daunting. However, in the end, I didn't regret reading it...just as I'm sure you won't regret reading this one.
Absolutely. I felt that way with
1Q84. I knew it was due back at the library and that there was a long waiting list for it, so I knew I had to get through it rather quickly. It, too, left me with no energy to read anything else.
When reading some books, I do feel like I'm slogging through dense mud...even when I like them.

Some of the authors I normally enjoy are like that, eg. Doris Lessing.

It just takes a lot of concentration and effort, and sometimes I don't feel like giving that much.

Hence, I try to mix lighter books in with the heavy ones.

Good luck!

Melissa said…
@UnfinishedPerson I am not regretting reading the book, its just that its taking such a long time to finish and part of the problem is my ereader, which doesn't read well in outside light.

@DebNance I can see that. I suppose part of the problem is that I have had several like that in a row and this one has left me feeling ugh at the moment.

@Laurel-Rain Snow I am trying to do that, but with book due back in about 3 days, I need to get done or its not accessible to me anymore; its not like I can rack up the fines on the book like I can with a conventional book. I am reading lighter material, but it just seems like this is taking up most, if not all of my reading energy.
Amy said…
I would feel great if I could get through a book a week! And I completely agree about getting bogged down in certain books and in their aftermath.

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