Indulging in Binge Reading
So, I do enjoy reviewing and running this blog, but I will admit to missing the way I used to read books at times. It used to be, when I would read a new author or series, I would binge read everything I could one right after the other. For some, I might choose to take a break if there were multiple series, but it was pretty much guaranteed if I picked up a book one and really enjoyed it, I would continue straight through and read all the books available in the series. Reviewing new releases, I find a couple of things have impacted this. First, if I am always reading books as they are released, then obviously I won’t have the option to moving straight to the next book. And secondly, for series that are published, I find it hard to “make the time” to read a series straight through like I always used to.
I created my Backlist Burndown feature specifically to make sure I created time for previously published books instead of reading solely new releases. But what I found, is even doing this, I would often pick the shorter books on my TBR, and I would avoid series where I knew I would want to read straight through.
On a whim last week, I decided to push my convention (and my current reading schedule) to the side and finally read Dragon Keeper, the first book in the Rain Wilds Chronicles. I knew this would a series I would want to read back to back, but decided I would deal with it after finished the first book. So, when I finished and felt like I “should” pick up a review book next, I decided “nope”, I blog because I enjoy reading, and there are few things I enjoy more than reading a good series from beginning to end. I wasn’t going to let this lessen my reading experience of that series, so I jumped all in and have devoured this 4 book series in about a week (maybe a little less than a week).
Should I have been making progress in my review books? Perhaps, in theory. But I decided that if I do this blog for fun, and I am not scrapping any review books, then what’s the harm? Sometimes it can be hard to step back and keep this attitude, but I think it is terribly important. And, I have to confess to being thrilled at indulging myself with this luxury. I don’t think I would have flown through any of my current review books at the speed I did this, because it was one of those joyous reads where every scrap of time I had, I would find a way to read more.
So, what do others think? Has reviewing impacted how you read? Do you take the time read multiple non-review books in a row when the mood strikes?