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Case ([personal profile] case) wrote in [community profile] fandomsecrets2017-09-06 06:40 pm

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(Anonymous) 2017-09-06 11:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Nah, I have that problem. Or I'm fine until for some reason I stop reading for a day or I get interrupted while reading, and I just can't pick it back up.

(Anonymous) 2017-09-06 11:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm in a similar boat. I read many more than 4-5 authors but I feel that their quality has severely gone downhill lately so I'm looking to replace them. But I can't find anybody.

Here are some problems:

- I have a whole bunch of authors on my to read list but I don't feel hopeful - if I haven't been reading them all along, there's probably a good reason for it.

- There are books that I liked well enough but don't feel drawn to read the author's other books.

- There are books that I liked but the author hasn't written anything else and probably never will.

- I like a book by a particular author but the author's other books are not similar in terms of style and/or content.

(Anonymous) 2017-09-06 11:08 pm (UTC)(link)
I branch when that happens. Currently reading a volume of film reviews; short story collections or anthologies are good as well. ~ Or go after a classic that you always kinda-sorta wanted to check out -- you might get sucked in.

(Anonymous) 2017-09-06 11:52 pm (UTC)(link)
What kind of things do you like, OP?
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[personal profile] mimi_sardinia 2017-09-07 12:21 am (UTC)(link)
I feel I am kind-of in the fanfic version of that rut - that is to say I can't get into any books because I really only read fanfic.

Valandhir has sent me some stuff to read, including some Heinlein and translations of the Witcher novels. I should get into them.

(Anonymous) 2017-09-07 12:54 am (UTC)(link)
the witcher novels are an excellent read, just picked those up last week myself. The author is apparently such a genius in his original language that it even translates into English. There were bits in the first book of short stories (not chronologically first written, but came first in-universe) gave me actual chills in multiple parts of it.

(Anonymous) 2017-09-08 09:11 pm (UTC)(link)
This is my exact problem. With the exception of on-going series I'm already invested in, I can't get into any new books because every time I start reading one, I just keep thinking about that new fic I haven't read yet and how much more excited I am to start that. It really prevents me from investing in any of the new books I try to the point where I usually give up on them and go read fic instead :) This has been a problem for me for months now.

(Anonymous) 2017-09-07 12:45 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, wow, OP, I feel your pain. It's happened to me, and I switched genres completely. As in, I went from sci-fi & fantasy to history & biographies. When I finally picked up fantasy again, I was able to get back into reading easily. So, just a thought? It sucks to want to read & not be able to do so.

(Anonymous) 2017-09-07 01:22 am (UTC)(link)
I've been dealing with the fanfic version of this for over a year now. I used to always be able to turn to fanfic for enjoyment-reading, but these days I find myself bored by almost all the fanfic I try.

I know it's because 1) The fandom has slowed way down and I've read almost all the best fanfic in it, and 2) I've been in the same fandom for almost six years now and I'm no longer madly in love with it the way I was for the first few years. But knowing why I'm stuck in a rut doesn't make the rut any less of a bummer to be stuck in. :(
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[personal profile] dwell_ondreams 2017-09-07 01:49 am (UTC)(link)
I've been there. I usually just end up taking a break from reading OR I just do novellas or short stories either by my favorite authors or authors I've never read before. I sometimes just pick based on cover art.

(Anonymous) 2017-09-07 04:44 am (UTC)(link)
I feel you pain. Usually I can wander through a bookstore and come out with way too many books. The last time, I left empty-handed. Everything looked like just another rehashed version of something that had been done before. I just couldn't muster the enthusiasm for anything.

(Anonymous) 2017-09-07 07:36 am (UTC)(link)
I feel you, anon. I keep rereading old standby fanfics and authors I read 20-30 years ago. :|

(Anonymous) 2017-09-07 09:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Ever since I graduated University I haven't been able to read an entire fiction book. I just end up skipping to the last page to find out what happened or glom on to one character and then just skim the book to find mentions of them throughout and skip the rest. Too much forced reading and only reading because I had to kind of ruined me. It's been many years and hasn't gotten better but I hope you can find a way to enjoy reading again Anon.