I received this email and I thought a lot of readers might feel this way. With Roma’s permission, I’ve republished it for response.
Forgive me if this is not appropriate, but I wondered if it was possible to tap into the collective wisdom of the dear author world to help me answer an issue that is really starting to terrify me: Have you ever lost your reading mojo…and did you ever get it back?
Some background; I have always been a keen reader. Romance is a special favourite, but I also love biographies, adventure, history, cereal packets, leaflets…pretty much anything. I start to panic a little if there is no reading matter to hand (digital books have saved my back!)
Early last year I started to notice that I was not enjoying reading as much as before. Initially I attributed this to reading new authors / genres that I would normally, then the fact that I was busy with family / work. However this lack of enjoyment has persisted for over a year now. I started to worry that it may be more of an issue than I first realised, when I started reading the latest releases from my favourite autobuy authors and I still was not interested. Objectively they contain all the elements that would usually thrill me. I can describe the characters and plot points that would normally have me thinking that was great / how unusual, I love what the author did there/ ooh that was romantic. I can recognise these moments but I cannot *feel* them like I would do normally.
It is really beginning to upset me; reading has always been such a deep and ingrained part of me that I rather feel lost. I am able to read non fiction (magazines / educational items/ essays/ journals etc) with the usual level of enjoyment. I have tried new authors/ old favourites/ new genres but it makes no difference. Even re reading old favourites feels…meh. I am refusing to touch them at the moment in case my happy memories are replaced.
My sincere apologies if this has been inappropriate. I am just quite distraught and I would love to hear if anyone else has ever experienced this and if so, how they recovered from it.