Ever since school I’ve struggled to read books that aren’t really ‘my thing’, and whilst I realise one of the points of a book club is to read things you wouldn’t normally pick up, it’s really difficult. When you couple that with – as you say – being too tired to get through more than a few pages, it can be a little frustrating. I’m trying to set aside half an hour a day to put away the phone and computer and actually read, but it’s very hard to switch other parts of the brain off. And I hate leaving books unfinished, which makes it all the more frustrating.
Are you not enjoying the book, or simply too tired to get through it?
Oh I love anything about the Mitfords, they make my own family seem positively bland. Of course Boud was a Nazi enthusiast, so not so keen on her. But back to your question, I used to read avidly, but too much to do everyday plus I am a terrible sleeper, so ultimately as soon as I sit still…. That’s it zzzzzzzzz. But remaining focused is tricky. A spot of mindfulness or good ol’meditation helps with focus. I got into that when studying as my thoughts raced around my head like a furlong at 3.30!
Yes, perhaps I should try that. I do still seem to have periods of focus but it seems to take a while to settle into. I’ve taken to reading short stories, which I never used to do, simply becaise they don’t seem to require the same commitment. I did used to loved biographies thought.
I have got four books ‘on the go ‘ at the moment. I am retired now but somehow, even with lockdown find less time to read! My neighbour recommended Air Babylon to me so I ordered it on Amazon- easy rubbish reading so that is at the top of my pile at the moment! The other three will have to wait – not to mention the two further books I picked up from the local book exchange stall in the next village yesterday!