You know what I mean. You’re having a good streak of reading books that make you happy, and you think you’re invincible with your page numbers and book totals, and then…then you read a book that seems to sap the desire right out of you. You don’t exactly hate it, but you’re not eager to devour it whole, either. It’s just not clicking. It’s the reading road block.
I’m having that problem right now with my current read. I don’t want to say the title, because I don’t want the author to find this post and get her feelings hurt (and yes, I worry about that!) but if you look over there in the sidebar at my currently reading image, you’ll see what I’m talking about. This book came highly recommended to me by a friend whose reading judgment I trust. So what’s the deal? I’ve been reading it for seven days now, and I’m on page 68! Whoa! I usually read that much in a day, two tops. Trouble is, I kind of hate the modern main character. The other main character, who lives in flashbacks of Regency England, I love. I’d like a whole book of just her. But this present-day chick is such a whiner and she’s driving me crazy!
What do you do when you hit a reading road block? Do you push through and hope it gets better? Or do you give up and move onto something else? I hate quitting, and I hate thinking I’ll end up really liking this book, so I’m trying to keep at it. If I completely hated the book, the choice would be easy. But I don’t, so I guess I’ll keep pushing and hope I don’t get stuck. I’ll be embarrassed if this is the only book I manage to read this month.