So, remember when I blogged about reading a lot and then resolved to read more slowly this year?

Yeah, that totally hasn’t been happening, especially this past week. I’ve actually been reading a torrent of books and it’s kind of overwhelming. It started with a couple of vampire books I read. (I even reviewed one of them on this blog.) After that, I was keen to read more vampire-related books, so I went to the library. I’m fortunate that there’s a big branch of our local library system right near where I work. I can walk there in fewer than five minutes, which is amazing. The fiction section is organized oddly (there’s regular fiction, mysteries, and science fiction all in separate sections, and nothing in the catalog indicates which of these sections you’ll find the book in), but once I got the hang of it, I realized there are a ton of books there I want to read. I had ten books checked out at one point. That’s been pared down because I finished some of them—some because they were quick reads, and another I sped through because I sort of stopped liking it about halfway through and wanted to be done. (The book I didn’t like is Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula. I liked it at first, but by the end I didn’t, so I returned the sequel unread.)

Anyway, I felt a bit overwhelmed and resolved to slow down my reading pace. I’ve always been a fast reader, so sometimes it can be hard to make myself slow down. I do find that I enjoy books more when I slow down, though, so I need to make a deliberate effort to do this.

It’s just there are so many books out there! So many books, and so little time… the lament of every reader, right?

12 thoughts on “Books, Books, And More Books

      1. You’re too kind! By the way, I was wondering if it would be okay to reblog your (somewhat) recent review of Petrostate on my own blog.

  1. You know what I like? Seeing someone write “fewer than five minutes” as opposed to “less than five minutes.”

    Although I’m not slowing down my reading, you know what I’ve been doing lately? Slowing down when I’m eating. I’m digging it. I’m savoring and enjoying my dinner more than ever before.

  2. I frequently just select books at random from the library, based solely on a catchy title or because I liked the jacket synopsis even though I didn’t know much about the subject. I’ve discovered some of my favourite writers that way, notably P.D. James (The Children of Men), Kate Fillion (Lip Service: the Truth About Women’s Darker Side in Love, Sex and Friendship) and Val McDermid (A Place of Execution, and a lot of other great crime novels, but that one made the hair on the back of my neck stand up and there is a twist about three-quarters of the way through which might make you drop the book if you’re not holding it tightly). Coincidentally, almost all of them were women and most presented the story from a woman’s perspective. I didn’t realize there were so many great women writers out there, but they are kicking ass in fiction. Well, Kate Fillion’s isn’t fiction, but that was a compelling glimpse behind the sisterhood curtain.

    I also agree with you that it’s pointless to go on once a story has lost your interest; for me, that often happens when the narrative becomes patronizing or the plot employs a trick which is just too unbelievable and unrealistic. There ae too many great books to read to waste your time plugging away on one which the author probably should have given up on.

    1. Yep! I totally agree. Shelf-browsing is a very good way to discover new writers. And yes, there are a ton of great women writers out there!😀

  3. I actually need to learn to pace myself when reading as well. This past week I read about 5 books in a matter of 3 or so days… My mom and sister say its my “all or nothing” tendencies and it probably is. Once I start a series I like, I can’t stop it until it’s done. Glad to see I’m not the only one who needs to slow down.🙂 Great Blog!

    1. Thanks! I totally relate to what you’re saying. I got on these ridiculous reading binges and I get absolutely nothing else done because all I do is read! I like your blog, too.😀

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