Loss of reading comprehension?

I used to read ALL the time when I was school-age. By the time I was 8 or 9, I was reading/comprehending at a college level. I’m now 28 and don’t think I’ve touched a book since graduating high school.

Recently, I was talking with my sister (who is an avid reader) about how I’ve been getting an itch to start reading again. She surprised me with a beautiful edition of The Great Gatsby, which I loved the first time I read it (at like 12 years old).

I was shocked when I picked the book up today and struggled to grasp what F. Scott Fitzgerald was trying to relay through his prose. Even in my pre-teen and teenage years, I never struggled with comprehending even the most challenging of reads.

Has anybody else encountered this? Is there hope that I can regain this “skill?” Perhaps I should ease back into reading with something a little less… sophisticated? Is my asking these questions absurd?

I felt embarrassed and defeated as I struggled through the first few pages of this classic novel. I almost feel as if I’ve lost the intelligence of my youth.

TL;DR: I haven’t read a book in a very long time and now feel stupid. Wondering if anyone else has experienced this.

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