Weekend Reads #82: Can’t Focus

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend.

This week’s topic:

Lacking focus

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve taken time to sit and write. I no longer seek a moment of peace to engage in this activity. I sometimes feel as if I no longer think because it’s becoming harder to hear my thoughts in this modern world filled with noise and distraction.

That’s what happens when I take a moment to think and write — I get distracted. My phone vibrates and I have to pick it up to see why. I overhear a conversation and I have to get up and find out what’s being said. I recall a TV show or movie and I have to look it up and watch it for a while to remember what it’s about. An odd bit of fact pops in my head and I have to research it immediately on Google, though I have no need for the fact at that time.

It’s either that or my house is so noisy that I can’t think straight or hear my thoughts. I live with my family and my parents recently learned how to play the silly videos their friends send them on their phone. I hate whomever it was who taught them to do that. The speaker on their phones isn’t great so when heard from afar (because they play the videos loud), the sound is squeaky and annoying. It grinds my nerves. There’s no way for me to concentrate through that. The only thoughts that come through is “SMASH. PHONE.”

This morning I have a moment of peace because nearly everyone has an errand to run. I’m grateful for it, but it’s been such a long time since I’ve sat down to write that when I take up my usual place to resume the activity, my mind goes blank and I’m tempted to run to a social media site rather than stare dumbly at the blank, white screen.

So I wrote what I’m feeling and whatever I’m thinking and this is what comes out: a complaint about being unable to focus because too many things call for my attention and I easily give in to all of them.

What I’m currently reading:
School for Psychics by K.C. Archer

I’m about halfway through, but I’ll have to DNF it. I like the premise — a 20-something girl is recruited to attend a school that trains psychics to become government officials — and it started out really interesting, but the story progresses too quickly, there are too many inconsistencies, and the characters are all immature. I tried to ignore all that but I can’t. I’ll have to give up on this.

The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

😀 I’m totally hooked on this story. It has me so excited and I can’t wait to see how this trilogy wraps up.

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

I’m taking my time reading this one, which seems like a bad idea. I think this is a book that should be read by itself so it’s easier to keep track of the different characters and details. I don’t get confused when reading multiple books at once, but there’s so much in this story that reading it with other detailed stories (like The Golden Fool) isn’t a great idea.

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.
Let me know what you’re reading.

26 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #82: Can’t Focus

  1. Gosh I relate so much- it’s really easy to get distracted and every time I fall out of the habit of doing something :/ I’m not sure what the solution is (though I’m getting better at turning my phone on silent and ignoring it- though that doesn’t stop me going online and finding other distractions 😉 )


  2. I have this all the time! It usually happens with reading, and I’ll pick up my book and the see my phone and think “Oh, I’ll just go on for a few minutes…” Cut to four hours later and I just don’t want to read. And the cycle continues. Hope you’re able to get back into the flow of things 🙂


    1. lol, yup! that’s how it is for me, which is why I had a pile of stuff to do.
      I was able to get back into the flow and knock out a couple review drafts. I was happy for that but now I feel spent.


  3. I am totally in the same boat at the moment.. I plan to sit down and write blog posts in my case.. but I always get distracted or something else comes up or I don’t find the time to even attempt it. It was so much easier a couple of months ago, I don’t know what changed.. apart from my working schedule.

    Let’s hope, it’s getting better again soon… At least we are reading good books^^ Golden Fool, yay!


  4. Yeh.. nowadays, undivided attention is the hardest thing to do. We’re so used to all the movement around us that we end up checking out what’s up and staying updated on everything. Silence has become a hell of a luxury! Hope you’ve been doing well, Z.


  5. Zezee – I think many of us are challenged these days to not be consumed by our distractions! We DO require quiet and unplugging in order to hear what’s going on inside of us. I’m fortunate to live near Lake Michigan and [when it’s not super cold] I like to walk there and gaze at the water in a kind of meditation. Some mornings I just have to be strong and write a little something (even if it seems like junk) before dealing with my phone, accessing any social media or even checking email. I’m trying to remember who is in control, here😂😂!

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    1. Lol, yea that’s the thing. We need to remember who is in control, or should be in control.
      That sounds very relaxing though – walking by Lake Michigan. I love sitting/walking by bodies of water. It’s therapeutic for me and helps to ease my mind.

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  6. I feel your pain! It’s not necessarily too loud around me, but having the energy and time and getting those two things to match up seems to be impossible these days. I hope you find some more peace soon. Every time you mentioned Robin Hobb, my need to read more of her stuff grows – thank you! I’m currently reading Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – pretty good so far although I’m still quite early on!


    1. Oh yes. That’s another thing too. Finding the time and energy. Things get really busy for me sometimes too.
      Lol, well I hope you get to read more Hobb soon too. And I also want to try Red Sister.

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  7. It is a loud noisy world, right? I hate noise myself, and I’ve learned to just put my phone away when I need some peace. Good luck finding more quiet times! And I need to read some Robin Hobb soon😊


  8. I’m reading Kintu now and only have 50 pages to go, I’ve been reading it like one book per day, now it’s book six, the homecoming. I’m glad I’ve given it a week to read, it’s so rich in connections and full of interesting C, all who’ve developed in different ways and now come together, some with scepticism, to …. Well you’ll find out 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Well, I’ll look forward to that. I’m totally hooked on the story, but I need to dedicate more reading time to it as you did.
      In some ways it reminds me of 100 Years of Solitude. Have you read that book?


      1. I read it a very long time ago, so I don’t feel the connection, it reminds me more of Maryse Condé’s Segu, a historical novel set in the late 1700’s in the kingdom of Segu, following the lives of four brothers, it doesn’t have the modern day element like Kintu, that’s a little like Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, my favourite read of 2017.


        1. Oh, I’ll look up that book then. It’s the first I’ve heard of it.
          I see a similarity to 100 Years of Solitude in how time seems to be circular in this story and how Kintu’s actions in the past affect his descendants (…so it seems so far).


        2. Ok yes, that’s very similar to Homegoing. Segu shows us how outside influences came to change tradition, each brother has an experience that relates to one of those historical influences and so we see how it affected the culture and tradition as a whole, so fascinating. Maryse Condé is Guadeloupean, French educated who grew up knowing nothing if her own history, and she’s written some excellent books especially Tales of the Heart (about her childhood) and Victoire ( about her grandmother) and of course her masterpiece Segu. She’s one of my all time favourite authors.

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        3. I like that theme “how outside influences change tradition” so I’ll def have to check out her books now.
          And I agree about the similarity to Homegoing. I love how both Homegoing and 100 Years of Solitude ends because both endings connect back to the past and sort of appease it. I wonder if Kintu will have a similar ending.

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