“Reader’s block”

I have a conundrum. Sort of.

I don’t know what to read next. I’ll call it reader’s block.

I just finished the second novel in George R.R. Martin’s hugely popular “Song of Ice and Fire” series. At about 800 pages a book, I am not sure if I should plow ahead and read the next three or take a break between them.

I also have “All the King’s Men” sitting next to me on my night stand. I grabbed this one from my bookshelf because I recently moved to D.C. after landing a job working for a Congressional publication, so what better read would there be for me right now than one that is awash in politics? The downside: I tried reading the book a while back and just could not get into it. I am not even sure why. I guess I didn’t connect with the characters, or maybe it was the writing style. Either way if I truly like a book I don’t usually put it aside before finishing it.

Thus, I am not really sure where to go from here. So, I am asking you dear readers to help a girl out. Do I continue with George R.R. Martin? Give “King’s Men” a second go? Or is there something else you would suggest I pick up?

Let me know in the comments below!


6 thoughts on ““Reader’s block””

    1. I read “God of Small Things” and enjoyed it, but it’s not one of my favorites. Haven’t read “Wuthering Heights” yet, but it’s on my to-read list.

      1. I really enjoyed the way she played with language. Rahel’s description of Sophie-Mol’s funeral is probably one of my favorite pieces of language outside of a Faulkner novel anywhere.

        Let me know what you think of Wuthering Heights when you tackle it!

  1. It sounds like all the books you are picking between are a bit heavy? (Both literally and figuratively). I would maybe go for something short and a bit lighter first, to give yourself a bit of a break and change of pace, before turning back to your other choices. Just something funny or silly, or something easy to digest. 🙂

  2. I also would agree to break it up with some “lights reads” (300 pages or less). Or read some poetry or short story collections. I love George R.R. Martin, but I can’t read more than one of his books in a row. I bought the third one recently, but it’s pretty far down my list of things to read next. I don’t know about you, but I feel sort of trapped when I read one book a long time, so reading a slew of those doesn’t really work out well for me.

  3. Thanks for the comments! Maybe I will dive into something lighter. I’m sure I have something in my bookcase that’s shorter, though I’m always a fan of longer books!

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