There comes a time in the life of an avid reader when there are so many options, so many choices of what to read that he or she feels the strangest of sensations: Reader’s Block. Urban Dictionary has not only defined this term but has capitalized on it: they sell t-shirts, mugs, and beer steins with this most disastrous of events spelled out clearly in black and white.
Reader’s Block is partly defined by Urban Dictionary as:
“The inability to read a book or the impatience to read one. Readers block often happens to people who read more than 5 books a month and they begin to get bored of reading them.”
I am a voracious reader. I often read more than five books a month. In my current reading line up I have the following books: a smattering of Latin American Literature, new fiction, and a biography thrown in for good measure…
THE LOST STEPS, by Alejo Carpentier
A CASUAL VACANCY, by JK Rowling
CLEOPATRA: A LIFE, by Stacy Schiff
THE YELLOW BIRDS, by Kevin Powers
And yet I cannot, for the life of me, pick up anything. I look at the books over there in the pile and think of a million other things I could be doing. Help! Reader’s Block has taken over my brain! Whatever is a reader to do?