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Reader's Block
« on: June 27, 2020, 05:50:46 am »
Hi,
Anybody help?
I used to be such an avid reader....always with a book in my hand.
Now....halfway through my sixties, I find concentrating on a book for any length of time somewhat hard to do?

I can still enjoy books by my favourite authors but often struggle with other / new material.

I'm inclined to blame it on social media.
Any suggestions?

Phil

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    Re: Reader's Block
    « Reply #1 on: June 27, 2020, 06:27:08 am »
    Are you reading ebooks or paper? I ask because, for me, reading on paper can be problematic -- print is often smaller than optimal for me ... also in my sixties. the kindle is great because I can make the print the size it needs to be and even adjust the boldness to make it easier to read -- as well as margins and line spacing. AND it's easier to hold than a hardback for sure, and also easier than many paperbacks. :)
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    Re: Reader's Block
    « Reply #2 on: June 27, 2020, 09:41:04 am »
    Both actually.
    I have some success with Bernard Cornwell.
    Also, How to be Right by James O'Brian was a terrific read.

    I just feel so scatterbrained at the moment.
    Phil

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    Re: Reader's Block
    « Reply #3 on: June 27, 2020, 12:04:01 pm »
    I find my attention span for all things diminishes as time passes. I find it more challenging to find books I really get into as I read them. I can identify with what you are saying.
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    Re: Reader's Block
    « Reply #4 on: June 27, 2020, 12:58:02 pm »
    Concentration might be directly related to the interest, and the skill of the writers you choose.  I find as I begin reading some newer writers, I lose interest in many novels today.  Redundant passages and passive writing often make it difficult to remain interested.  I try to read and support new writers in my selections, but sometimes, just can't get past first few chapters.

    However, when I find a good writer, good plot, engaging and active prose, I can read an entire novel in a day, or maybe two, depending on length. And, I probably read at least three or four novels a week, often more if I'm lucky with my searches. 

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    Re: Reader's Block
    « Reply #5 on: June 28, 2020, 01:47:27 am »
    At my age, I often simply give up on a book, feeling that I haven't enough time left to waste on that particular project.

    I do love my Kindles though. Recently I've discovered how to create collections and search through my books that way. I bought my first Kindle back in 2010. Before that, I used to read ebooks on a Palm handheld computer. I really was an early adopter of ebooks.

    Maybe it is an age thing....and maybe we live in an age of distractions?

    Phil

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