The case of the lost excitement

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I'm sure you know the feeling of being super excited for a book. A book you can't wait to read, a book you preordered weeks (could be months) ago, a book you put into your TBR pile with a smile on your lips. And when you finally get around to start reading the book, there's nothing! No excitement, no anticipation, no book lust. That's exactly what happened to me yesterday. 
I grabbed a book from my TBR pile that a few weeks ago I was super excited to read. But as soon as I had the book in my hands I knew that something was wrong. And I wonder where my excitement for reading this book has gone. I nearly looked under my bed to see if the excitement was hiding there. ;)  My excitement for reading this book is like a cloud which, for now, has rolled by. 

In times like this I have to remind myself that not every book is perfect for every mood, for every situation in life.  I have to remind myself to stay patient, because I'm sure that in a few weeks or months I will once again be excited to read the book.

My solution to this situation was to put the book back in my TBR shelf and to start reading another book instead. A book from a different genre, a book that I'm enjoying a lot so far (50% off murder by Josie Belle). My solution is to wait until my book lust for this one book will be back. I cases like this I can be patient, because I know that it will be worth it. 

Do you also sometimes lose your excitement for reading a book? What are your solutions to this situation? 

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14 comments:

  1. I so know what you mean! I always put the books back to my tbp and hope that there'll come a time in which the book will be better for me. That time sometimes comes and sometimes not.

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    1. It's always a bit sad when the right time to enjoy a book never comes, but that's life.

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  2. Yeah, that actually happened to me recently as well. I ordered "The Duke's Perfect Wife" as soon as it got out and let me just say I've been looking forward to reading this book for a very long time, but once I started reading it I kind of lost my interest. It's a shame since I adored the first three books in Jennifer Ashley's series.

    I usually handle things like that the way you do. It wouldn't make any sense to force myself to go on with the book, so waiting out my strange mood is the only solution I can think of.
    It's not always working since sometimes the book just isn't what I expected it to be, but other times I realize I just picked up the book at the wrong moment and simply need to get some distance, as well as scale down my expectations (although that's not always so easy ^.^).

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    1. I just read "The Duke's perfect wife" this week and I thought it was ok/good, but I didn't like it as much as the other books in the series. So I can understand that you lost your interest while reading.

      My way too handle things do also not always work. Like you said, sometimes you realize too late (after buying a book), that it's not really what I expected or hoped for. Then I usually sell the book.

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  3. This has been happening to me a lot lately. I blame it on the size of my TBR pile. There are just too many books in it. I bought every on of them with anticipation, but if I don't read the book right away, somehow the anticipation slips away as my attention is grabbed by a newer, shinier book. I guess I'm just fickle LOL. Anyway, I'm trying to work on that by forcing myself to read one older book for every newer book that I read (as well as sticking to a very strict book budget so I don't get so tempted).

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    1. Isn't it weird that the new books you get make you often more excited than the one't that are already in your TBR pile? I sometimes have the same problem. I try to always read the books that have been the longest in my TBR pile at first. This system works for me (with most books).

      Happy Reading!

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  4. Yes I totally know what you mean. Just put the book back, and pick up something else you ARE in the mood for. And in a few weeks, this same book will be a good and enjoyable read after all :)

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    1. Exactly, and with most books this way works perfectly.

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    1. As long as you enjoy the book sometimes later all is good.

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  6. Definitely. This happens to me often, sadly. But like you said, just put the book down and read something else, or take a break. It's always good to see things with a fresher mind.

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    1. Exactly, sometimes a few days with something else on your mind can make a big difference.

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  7. I usually set the book to one side and read something else until I am excited about it again. I have read books when I have felt like that and never enjoyed them but when I have waited until my book funk left then I enjoy them alot !!!

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    1. That's what normally also happens to me, in most cases the excitement does come back.

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