12 January 2011

Is there a right/wrong time to read a book?


Sometimes I'm (or maybe life) is weird. Months ago I received "Clockwork Angel", the new book by Cassandra Clare. I had this book on preorder for quiet some time and I was so excited to finally get it. But to this day I still haven't read a page in it. Not because I think I might not like it, to the contrary I'm convinced that I will love it. But so far I just didn't and still don't feel like reading it. Forcing myself to read a book I'm not ready for always backfires so I learned to wait until the moment comes when I suddenly feel like  have to start with a certain book. 
I have no idea why I sometimes don't feel like reading a book I was excited to get and which I think I will enjoy. I guess I go through phases when certain kinds of books just appeal less to me than others.  Or maybe the reason is that sometimes life is a bit too crazy and hectic to enjoy certain kinds of stories.
"Clockwork Angel" is only one example of the "don't feel like reading you right now books". My TBR pile is full of books that I don't want to read now but I'm sure will enjoy in a few days, weeks or even months. Of course because of this my pile of books to-be-read  is getting bigger and bigger. :)


Do you sometimes get a book that you were excited to receive and then don't feel like reading it right away? Why do you think that happens?

26 comments:

  1. I know the feeling because there's just times when I'm not in the mood to read a certain kind of story. Even though I've been wanting to read the book for a long time. :-)

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  2. It happens sometimes
    I have kept The Lost Symbol for almost three months. I have no idea why I have not touched it yet. Dan Brown is my favorite author but I think I have lost my "appetite".

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  3. Great question and ... of course there is.

    I'd go even further to say that it's a long term question. For example it took me a long time to start enjoying certain authors - I simply had to age in order for their work to speak to me.

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

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  4. This happens to me all the time. I received The Knife of Never Letting Go, which I have been waiting for months to read, but for some reason I just haven't been in the right mood to read it yet. This happened to me with The Passage as well.

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  5. Oh, I know the feeling. It sure happens. I'm not sure why myself, I guess it depends. Sometimes I love so much a series that I'm 'afraid' the next book will ruin it for me. Or I know I will enjoy it and I expect for the perfect time to get into it - with nothing or no one disturbing me. Or - as it happened with the Last Sacrifice (Richelle Mead), I knew that as soon as I read it there wasn't going to be a next book and I didn't want to say goodbye to the characters yet... And I had the same problem with "the Clockwork Angel" ... I guess I wanted to love it as much as I loved The Mortal Instruments series & didn't want to be disappointed. So I waited to gather my courage.:))

    Sorry for the long comment.:P

    xoxo

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  6. I agree. If I am excited about a book and don't read it right when I get it, then I won't read it for a long time.

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  7. I was really excited about Hush, Hush, Fallen Beautiful Darkness and The Dark Divine and the only one that I've read so far is The Dark Divine. Though to be fair I am re-reading Beautiful Creatures so that Beautiful Darkness will make sense to me. So NO I don't think that there is a right or wrong time to read a book.

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  8. There's an article about this in the New Yorker. It says "very often our preconceived idea of what a book will be is just as valid and enlightening as the book itself might be."

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  9. I have one of those that's been sitting on my TBR since Christmas '09. It's not that I don't want to read it, it's just that I need to re-read the previous books first and have way to many other books to get through before I can do that.
    Unless a book has a deadline, like a review one, I don't think there's a right or wrong time to read them. ^_^

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  10. This usually happens to me because the book arrives with other books that I am also waiting for and gets in the stack of TBRs. Then the book gets buried as others arrive and get set on top of it. Clockwork Angel has 12 books on top of it right now. It is one of those things! I do hope to get to most of my TBR stack eventually but it may take years.

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  11. I have this happen to me all the time. I enjoy reading both YA and Adult Romance books. Lately I have been reading so many YA books that I have gotten a little sick of them so I'm reading some more adult stuff now. I think you just have to be in the mood to read certain things.

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  12. That happens to me often and I can't figure out why. Sometimes I think it happens more the sequels or books 3, 4, 5, and so on.

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  13. I'm surprised so many other people have the same experience.

    This just happened to me with Christina Henry's latest book. I enjoy the genre, have read many great reviews and when I finally started to read it, I enjoyed it (didn't think it deserved as many 5 star reviews as it got, but it was good). The Iron King's Daughter was another. I didn't like the cover and the blurb didn't compell me. That was a 4 1/2-5 star for me.

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  14. I know the feeling. Right now I am sitting on the Iron Duke, dying to read it...still waiting. The same with a few other books, I am waiting for something I do not know, but I will know it when I feel it

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  15. I have several books that I've been "dying" to read that just sit there on my stacks. Granted, they're on my office stacks, which means I'll get to them sooner rather than later.

    One of my problems is that I've vowed to cut down the numbers on my "old" TBR stacks before diving into newer ones...that works sometimes, but every once in awhile, I have to grab a newer one.

    Review books also interfere with my plans. Not that I don't enjoy them, but having to read them first feels sort of like work. I want to have the leisure to enjoy the books I've awaited and longed for....

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  16. I think this is so true and a great point! I have quite a few books on my TBR pile that I know I have to be in the right mood to read.
    I don't think it helps sometimes when I really want to read a book then either have to pre-order it or wait ages for amazon to deliver it because by the time it arrives I've lost my 'urge' to read it so it ends up neglected and sat on my TBR pile.

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  17. You're definitely not alone in this. I have several really popular books that I couldn't wait to get that are now sitting unread because I haven't been in the mood to read that particular story or type of story. Sometimes I want a really quick fun read while other times I'm in the mood to get lost for a day or two in one of the 500+ page epics.

    Sometimes I really have to get back in the groove if it's a sequel and reread the previous book before I start the new one.

    Great discussion topic!

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  18. Definitely, I preordered Mockingjay and then bought Hunger Games and Catching Fire for my Kindle to read the whole series at once (I have already read the first two). That was in August. I have not touched the books yet. I want to, I really do, but can't find the time. The same goes for a lot of books I have ordered for my Kindle and been so excited for. So I feel for you, but the right time will come around, at least I hope so.

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  19. Makes perfect sense and you are smart enough to know that if you ain't feeling it...don't read. I have to be in the mood for some books. There is nothing wrong with that. Great post!

    Jen

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  20. This definitely happens to me! I figure it's becuase I'm a moody person and the book I choose to read must match my mood. And maybe that's why I read a few books at a time--my mood needs choices, ha!

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  21. You’re not alone. This has happened to me on a few occasions.

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  22. Thanks for all your wonderful answers.
    To be honest I'm relieved that I'm not alone and that it actually seems to be quiet normal.

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  23. I completely agree!! I had a book once, I read about 2 pages of it and I hated it. It was a REALLY popular book. A friend convinced me to give it another try a few months later and I LOVED it! I am actually having the same problem with CA. I read two pages and haven't been able to enjoy or get into it. I'll give it another try shortly though :D

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  24. I totally do the same thing. Sometimes I'll start a book that I know I'll love and it simply won't click at the moment. I have a special shelf for these and sometimes may put it back a second time. I know myself well enough that if I'm not in the mood for a certain type of book or even a certain author that a month or two later I'll pig out on every book I have by them.

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  25. It's good to know one is not alone in one's quirks! I have the same issue...I can't plan my TBR list too many books in advance, because sometimes the last book I read will change my mood.

    This is also why I'll buy a book and then proceed to not read it for a year. Or check a book out at the library and have to renew it a few times before cracking it open. ^_^

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  26. i have definitely found that i need to be in certain moods to read books. I tried reading the anita blake series and just could not get into it...i waited a few months until i had this urge to pick up the series and i absolutely loved it! flew through the first book in a day!

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