October 27, 2011
I suppose that the health crisis took all the energy and motivation that has made me such a voracious reader all of my life. It makes sense that my ability to concentrate and follow a plot line should fail when a lot of energy was being expended on treating cancer and a collapsing spine. I remember that Mary, also a dedicated reader, had a reading dry spell of over a year during her mother’s illness and death. When the inability to enjoy a good book hits, I resort to quick reads such as news articles and FaceBook or I get mired in On Demand television programs.
Many friends have suggested good reading choices for me, but I just couldn’t get interested.
About two weeks ago, Mary and I were walking through Barnes and Noble at The Avenue in Forsyth. I often look at hard copies of new book releases and make notes of interesting titles on my phone. Later, I check them out in Nook books and decide if I want to purchase and download one. While we were in the store, I saw the latest In the Pittacus Lore series. It hooked me and I went home determined to download it for a good read. Since that day, I have regained my reading mojo. I flew through that light, engaging book and have mowed down the much recommended Hunger Games trilogy. Now, I am in book three of Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro’s Strain trilogy. I guess the reading block has been cleared.
It is just too hard to stay away from immersing one’s self in the post-apocalyptic world of nasty, society-ruling vampires and the brave, struggling human survivors. See you later….