Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Hi, I'm Paula, and I'm a Binge Reader.
I've recently read all but one of the Dick Francis mysteries available for purchase. Well, I say recently. It's actually taken me about three years to get to them all. And I've gone back and re-read a few that I particularly liked. There's one book I have at home somewhere that I know I haven't read yet, but I think it may be boxed up somewhere. I'll have to go hunting for it the next time I have some writing down time.
Before Dick Francis, it was the Harry Potter series, all of the Jane Austen books, the entire Dean Koontz Odd Thomas book collection and every old Lilian Peake Harlequin Romance book I could get my hands on. I also got sucked into a Luis Mendoza mystery by Dell Shannon and ended up reading every single one of those books I could find at either the library, the thrift stores or the used book stores. As a child, I made it through all of the original Trixie Belden mysteries one after the other, and collected as many Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books as I could find.
I also binge read nonfiction sometimes, such as all of the John Douglas profiling books, or the whole Lewis Grizzard humor book collection. (See the image above!)
I've been fortunate, in some ways, that I came to many of the book series I loved after they were essentially complete. It made binge reading easier and I didn't have the agonizing wait, for instance, for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. My niece already owned all seven Harry Potter books before I read the first one, so I didn't have to wait for any of them. (Which might explain my Thanksgiving weekend reading binge wherein I read all seven books back to back, barely stopping to eat or sleep).
Are you a binge reader? Do you have a series or the works of a particular author that you couldn't read fast enough or often enough?