Do you have reading ADD?

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Here I sit, about to finish Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, while guiltily stealing glances at my copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Potter is glaring at me as angrily as a book can from its place across the room on my bed, and I feel awful, because I told it I loved it, and that it was the very next book on my list. And yet, there it sits while I hungrily devour the last 20 pages or so of the 324 page upstart that took its place after only 50 pages together.

This whole scenario got me to thinking: am I the only one with reading ADD?

Let me explain. Say, for example, I have 5 books out from the library. They all looked really interesting when I checked them out, and I couldn’t wait to read them. Then life got in the way, and slowly I worked my way through the pile, until 3 weeks later I have to turn them in soon and there’s 1 left. So I pick it up and start reading, but before long, another book comes from the library, or I go to the bookstore, or the one left is so darn BIG and I end up starting something else. I’ll go through long stretches where I’m reading up to 4 books at once because I can’t concentrate on the one I started with and then I’ll finish them within days of each other. This makes reviewing even more difficult because I’ll go through a week or more without finishing anything and then finish three at once.

Does anyone else have this problem? How do you choose which book to read next, and how do you resist the temptation of others while you finish the one you chose? What do you do about reviewing?

I could really use some help on this, as I’m working up to read a book I’ve gotten out of the library 4 different times and had to turn it back in before finishing because ADD struck again!

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5 Responses to “Do you have reading ADD?”

  1. Candace says:

    I know exactly what you mean! But I usually fight it and I don't allow it to be an issue. I stopped putting books on hold at the library and have been reading review books, borrowed books from friends, and my millions up on millions (okay, hundreds) of books I already have. My biggest problem is with review books. Sometimes I just don't really feel like reading them and I think it might be because I *have* to read them. Then I make myself and I don't really enjoy it. If I'm really not liking it I just set it down at pg 50 (though my goal is usually pg 100). Sometimes I skim if the book is okay but I'm really really liking it (but not hating it). I have to have a good gist of the story, know the entire story line before I'll review it. Anyway, yes~ I do get what your saying I just don't let it get out of control.

  2. Alexia561 says:

    Trust me, you're not alone! I'll have my reading list all nice and planned, then a book will come in the mail or show up at the library and my schedule goes out the window! I'm trying to balance my review obligations with reading for pleasure, but it doesn't always work out. I've had to return library books unread more than once, so must have reading ADD too! *L*

  3. Anne says:

    So glad to know I'm not the only one! I always feel so guilty when I have to put a book down, because often it's not that I don't like it, just something more shiny came around =)

  4. danya says:

    I totally have this problem when I have lots of books out from the library at once. I'll pick one up and get a little ways in, but if it hasn't totally hooked me then I'll start looking at the other books in the pile. Pretty soon I'll have started 3 books but not made decent headway on any of them!! Sometimes I think if my selection was more limited it would be easier to just sit down and read a single one.

  5. Vicki says:

    I too have reading ADD! Thing is, I tend to fight it so hard that I end up getting nothing read! Or I wait until the last day and then stress myself out going I HAVE TO READ THIS!!! Sigh, I've gotta stop backing myself into these corners and just open the dang book -_-

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