and not absorbing.
A client recently asked me if it is an ADHD thing to not absorb stuff while you're reading- in other words to read a whole bunch but then have to keep starting over because you realize you don't know what you just read.
YES this is totally an ADHD thing.
Here's the counterpart: reading quickly, and absorbing easily, things that interest you right now, the shiny/new stuff as it were.
Typical ADHD thing: newly diagnosed or in process of diagnosis ADHD adult reads a dozen books on ADHD super quickly even though they don't seem to be able to get through books normally (that's hyperfocus, by the way).
Another typical ADHD thing: to find the bits you're interested in of a book, feel like you got the gist of it, and then lose interest, lose focus and then it just sits around.
Classic self-critical thing: to then get down on yourself for "never finishing" a book or "reading a bunch of books at once."
Coach's request/challenge: Accept that this is how you read. Graze to get the bits you want- or really- hunt for the meat you want. It's ok to leave the rest.
Harder challenge: Give yourself permission to put aside books that don't catch your interest enough to pull you through them. Let go of the idea that you "should" finish books-- unless you need to for school/exam/etc (and then I could coach you through the process- that's still no excuse to just keep trying harder and harder and getting upset about it!)
Believe in your own hunter-like reading process. You ARE finding the juicy bits, and maybe you don't WANT the rest.
Look for formats/material that suit you. Try: essays. short stories. poetry. magazines. things you are interested in rather than things you think you should read or things you think you should be interested in.
My current state: sleep-deprived parent of two young children with very few minutes in a row to myself-- I don't really read much at all right now. I read some stuff online. I read science and news magazines with short articles. That's ok. It will change again.