I miss being obsessed with a book

At some point I became very stingy with my reading brain space, which is to say, instead of reading anything I came across, I started choosing not to read many things, sometimes for good reasons, often for no other reason than that I didn’t have a good enough reason to keep reading.

Perhaps it happened when I realized most of the chick lit I read involved an unhappy wife with cheating always involved by someone at some point. Been there, done that, don’t want to read about it for funsies, thanks.

Then I stopped reading things that haunted me, story lines involving pain or misery or things I couldn’t fix but couldn’t get out of my head.

I read biographies for a while, then travel memoirs, then biographies about people who traveled. Eventually I wore out that section at my favorite secondhand bookstore.

I had a kid, pored over hundreds (it felt like) of books about sleeping and not sleeping, feeding, and the more sleeping. I stopped reading those because they were all mindf*cks, every one, and as someone who tends toward the dogmatic application of anything, they made me quite miserable when I inevitably failed.

And now, here I am. I loved the two witchy books by Deborah Harkness, can’t wait for the third, but in the meanwhile, can’t find anything quote so engrossing. I’ve reread each book two or three times now, even, mostly because they’re on Kindle and easy to read when I don’t want to bother finding a light. She was kind enough to post a list of recommended books but still… none have quite caught my attention.

I miss wanting nothing more than to finish what’s in front of me so I can go back to reading; hiding in the bathroom to get a few more pages in; counting down until I can curl up on the couch to read; knowing it’s getting later than I should be awake but reading more anyway.

Any recommendations? Note: I don’t want to read Gone Girl. Here’s mine in exchange: An Everlasting Meal is a beautiful, beautiful book, lovely to read and inspiring to boot.

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6 thoughts on “I miss being obsessed with a book

  1. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. There are seven of them and they are awesome! They have a little bit of everything!

  2. Just read the most amazing book, and it had been awhile for me to be obsessed with a book as well, so I know how you feel! The Orphan Master’s Son (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0812982622) was so good I could barely put it down each night and often skipped TV watching to catch up with it. Loved it.

  3. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio, and Blackberry Winter, also by Sarah Jio. They have the same past vs present format, but two different story lines. Very easy read… and they suck you. I stayed up all night reading the second one a few weeks ago.
    The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton, also sucks you in. It’s a long book, but don’t be intimidated! It is great!

  4. I’m so curious why you don’t want to read Gone Girl! I too have been slacking on the reading, so I don’t have much to recommend if you don’t want to read the one book I’ve read recently. Since you said you went through your travel section, I assume you’ve already plowed through the Bill Bryson books? They’re fun reads.

    • Yes, I LOVE Bill Bryson. Have read them all, even that boring one about the history of language.

      Gone Girl just seems like the kind of book that will haunt me. I’m trying to keep my head space positive and getting sucked into a book like that, however though-provoking, isn’t for me.

  5. Book suggestions

    – cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness

    – glass castle

    – half broke horses

    – crossing to safety

    – Case Histories – Kate Atkinson – not usually a mystery person but I really liked this and the several other books in the series

    Love in a Cold Climate

    Sorry for lack of descriptions. The first three are biographies. The fourth is one of my favorite books of all time. It is beautifully written. The last one is sort of about the crazy Mitford sisters.

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