I have been experiencing a very serious case of reading attention deficit lately. I just cannot sit down and finish the last few books I have picked up.
First, there was this epic romance, Olivia and Jai, of an America who falls for a bad boy Indian (as in from India) in the 1830s. I got fed up with the female lead. “Oh. He’s so bad and everyone has warned me about him. But I must have him!” UGH! Give me a break. He’s a jerk and you’re better off without him.
So then I thought, an action is what I truly need. So I picked up this book Spartacus: The Gladiator. This was certainly more promising at first, but I just could not get emotionally invested in the characters. (I believe I’ve mentioned how easy it is for me to become emotionally invested, so I see this as a huge problem the author has.) None of the characters had enough depth to keep me going.
Alright, so let’s try a non-fiction book. Perhaps I needed more realism in my life. I’m going to admit right here that I did no do the smart thing and go to the library for a book I wanted. I went to my personal library and picked a mythology book that I had purchased but only read one section of before. New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology, updated in 1968, is awful! It’s the most ethnocentric thing I’ve read since I did a project on 1940s propaganda for my undergrad. Honestly, the writer shows absolutely no respect for other ancient civilizations and he never takes the wider context from which the cultures are coming from. He continuously compares to other, Western cultures and myths. It’s just awful. The only good thing about that book at all is that it’s fully illustrated. Which means I might donate it to my sis who occasionally dabbles in collage.
I am still technically reading Coffee House Mafia, and while it is funny and I do like the characters; I just do not particularly like reading on my iPhone. (As I have also previously mentioned.) So please do not take my lack of reading out on the book.
I think I might try non-fiction again. I think I was on to something with that. Does anyone have any suggestions? Either for fiction or non-fiction will do. I’m completely open. I’ve just been catching up on professional reading in the meantime. (Which is also pretty boring, but at least I feel productive.)
How do you get over reading ADD? Have you experienced this before? How did you get over the hump?