I used to be the kind of person who would buy a book, read it, and then buy another one (except on birthdays or Christmas when I would ask for books and then I would have two or three lying around). Those days are long gone.
As of today, I now have 28 books of fiction waiting to be read and another 2 that I am in the process of reading, along with 8 books on writing. Every time I see a book I want to read I think, ooh I better get that or I’ll forget about it and never read it. Unfortunately now that I’m writing, I don’t have time to read as much as I used to, so it takes longer to get through the books.
Although, some books you just can’t help dropping everything to read them. There were a few books that I read where I did this. I didn’t work on my writing (or anything else) while I read the following: The Long Walk by Stephen King — this book took me three days to read and another three days to get it out of my head. Under the Dome — Stephen King. Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card — I literally had trouble differentiating between the real world and the world he created in those books. I started to think the characters were real people. I don’t normally get that far into a book, but I was staying up late to read and then not getting enough sleep because I was either thinking about the book or dreaming about the book. Combine reading all the time with lack of sleep and it tends to make you a little… off.
What are some of your favorite books? Does anyone have a book that they just had to drop everything for and read? I would love to hear your thoughts.
In the meantime, I’m going to try and not buy any more books until I am finished with the ones I have, or at least until I only have 2 or 3 lying around.