I’ve stopped reading, what can I do?

coverIn times of stress I stop reading.  I have the concentration span of a gnat.  Books I have reserved and coveted for a long time are languishing by my bed.  I will return them to be read by someone more deserving.

What I can manage however are magazines – nothing too serious, mind you.  I fill my head with tittle tattle and meaningless fluff that satisfies my desire to read but not think.  The library of course has a huge variety of magazines to satisfy all tastes, including mine, thank goodness.

Another past-time  guaranteed to sooth my unquiet mind and to stop all those jobs being done around the house is crosswords.  When I have the urge to cheat (which of course is not often…)  our library webpages  thankfully have an invaluable  link to various crossword solving resources.

Our games pages and hobbies page list other suggestions for tired brains and for a times when books feel a bit overtaxing.

7 thoughts on “I’ve stopped reading, what can I do?

  1. BlueRose 30 March 2011 / 9:51 pm

    Post quake brain hits a lot of us in different ways. I am lucky because I can still read, but took it slow with lots of comfort books that I didnt have to work to hard at. I am proud I read Patrick Rothfuss Name of the Wind and the new one Wise Mans Fear. Took me twice as long as usual but it was 1700 pages across the two.

    None of the libraries near me are open 😦 Fortunately I have my own private collection of 1000+ books plus my flatmate’s DVD collection is about half that 🙂

  2. jane 31 March 2011 / 9:11 am

    I am happy to say that I have been able to start reading a bit more lately, although my trusty crossword is still nearby. You are right in saying that quake brain affects us all in different ways, but I am hugely impressed that you managed to get through such a long book – not to mention your impressive library!

      • jane 31 March 2011 / 3:02 pm

        There is nothing more interesting than looking at someone elses bookshelves!

  3. Marion 31 March 2011 / 11:55 am

    Found myself playing Patience the other day and also admit to several cutthroat bouts of Last Card with my daughter since the quake!

  4. valerienl 31 March 2011 / 12:25 pm

    While I was waiting for my ‘Local’ to re-open, I re-read books that I refer to as my old faithfuls. They were easier to read than something new. When a library on the otherside of town finally opened, I was off getting coffee-table books. They are like picturebooks for adults.

  5. simonehindin 1 April 2011 / 9:15 am

    I’m finding listening to audiobooks very relaxing – its like being a kid again and having someone reading to you. And so far the readers have been very good.

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