The Sunday Salon: Book Finishing Slump

by Kim on August 23, 2009 · 26 comments

The Sunday Salon.comI realized this morning that I have not finished a single book in the month of August. Part of it’s because I’ve been slogging along with Infinite Jest, which takes a lot of time. Even though Infinite Summer officially ends September 22, my goal is to finish the book before classes start just because I don’t think I’ll have the mental energy once I’m doing school reading.

As for not finishing any other books, I don’t have an explanation for that. It seems weird. The thing is, I think I’ve just got so many books in progress that I just haven’t committed to finishing a single one of them. Off the top of my head, I can think of seven books in progress:

  • An ARC copy of Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffinger which I’ve been carrying around in my purse to read when I have spare moments in public
  • A book on the history of blogging, Say Everything, but Scott Rosenberg, which I’m focusing on reading a chapter a day so it gets returned to the library on time
  • My copy of Love Stories in This Town by Amanda Eyer Ward for the Random Reading Challenge, which is currently at the bottom of my priority list
  • Given and Standing by Words by Wendell Berry for the Literary Road Trip, which I started but haven’t read in a while
  • Bonk, by Mary Roach, which Boyfriend and I are reading together
  • And, of course, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, which I am so close to finishing (ie on page 700-ish of 960-ish)

I feel like I might have a case of reading paralysis — there are so many books that want my attention that I can’t seem to focus enough on any of them to just finish it. It’s early here and I expect Boyfriend to be asleep for at least a couple more hours, so maybe I can make some good progress this morning. Or, I’ll start with my Google Reader or work on some blog posts… it is so darn easy to get distracted!

UPDATE,  Sunday at 7:57 p.m.: I finally finished a book — Say Everything by Scott Rosenberg. Awesome book on the last 15 years of web history and blogging. I can’t wait to write the review.

Do you ever find yourself in a book finishing slump? How do you get out of it? Which of my in progress books should I commit to finishing right now?

Also, a quick thank you to anyone who nominated me for an award for Book Bloggers Appreciation Week. I was lucky enough to be nominated four times — Best Nonfiction Review Blog, Best Writing, Most Altruistic Blog, and Best Blog Name. I’m really flattered, so thanks!

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