A few years ago I completed a masters degree; however, since that time I have been employed at a job that tends not to incorporate masters (and indeed undergrad) level philosophy. As a result, perhaps, of this I have found myself reading less and less intellectual work (and spending less and less time with literature in general). I long to get back into an intellectual mindset, but am having difficulty 'reading'. I have tried various different approaches - from attempting to get through Russell's <i>History of Western Philosophy</i>, to simply trying to read at least one text by each of the 'greats', but each time I find myself glancing at the texts for about half an hour and then losing concentration. Ideas that I would once understand quite quickly have become hieroglyphs that I cannot translate. Put simply, I am having trouble reading philosophy philosophically.
I am not looking for a 'quick fix' solution to this problem (as I do not think that there exist such things) - however, do you have any recommendations as to what I could do? Do you think either of the above techniques might prove worthwhile? I realise that it will be me who discovers the 'right way', but I am in need of a little help - I miss reading on a critical level, and often worry that I might not be as able as I once was (if I was even ever able at all).