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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
I think that it’s pretty safe to say that I have some weird reading habits. I discussed my compulsive urge to re-read books last week, and here I am this week discussing one of my new favorite ways to read books: BINGE-READING.
BINGE-READING: When you get so engrossed in a book/series, that you read it in one sitting/a short period of time (via Urban Dictionary aka a resourceful source).
Before my blogging days, binge-reading was how I usually read books. From binge-reading series, to binge-reading books by the same author, once I was on a roll, there was NO stopping me. But when I started blogging, I found that I couldn’t always binge-read because of review books. Now that I’ve cut back on requesting books, I can now make time to binge-read books again and not feel guilty. Although it is such a fun way to read, it does have it’s downsides, but I still will continue to binge-read despite them.
AKA FEELS OVERLOAD! Don’t you just love getting lost in a world that you feel like you’re a part of the story? I know I do and it’s one of the reason I love to binge read series. I’m currently binge-reading The Ivy Years series and I love these characters SO MUCH! Even the ones that annoy the hell out of me have somehow managed to get under my skin and I’ve become quite fond of them. So many ships, so many feels.
This usually applies to me when I’m reading fantasy series, but there is always so much damn information with made up languages and mythology involved when reading fantasy, HOW DOES ONE RETAIN ALL THAT INFO?! That is why I tend to binge-read fantasy series. There is less chance of me having to go back and re-read passages or notes I highlighted since my brain probably has retained this information since I’ve been in this same world for a long period of time. Don’t ask me if I remember anything after my binge though because the chances of that happening is very slim.
Binge-reading books by the same author is not only fun, but resourceful. I don’t often binge-read books by the same author, but when I do, it’s because the first book I read by that author made it onto my favorites lists so I become overwhelmed with this need to devour all their books at once. This is actually a great way to read because I get to compare an author’s earlier works to their later works and I see how their writing has progressed throughout the years. One great example of this was when I binge read all of Sarah Dessen’s books back in high school. I am not a big fan of her first three YA books, but I’m really glad I still continued to read her books because her writing has improved so much over the years. Her characters have become more dimensional and her writing has become deeper, more thoughtful. It’s why she is now one of my favorite authors!
I may be the only one who can relate to this one, but I tend read faster when I binge-read books. I remember when I was binge-reading the Harry Potter series back in middle school. I finished books 1-6 in less than two weeks, right in time to receive the last book as an early Christmas gift. I’m a fast reader in general, but for some reason, I just read faster when I binge-read. This is also a plus for me because it helps me when I fall behind on my GR reading challenge.
This unfortunately has happened a few times, not a lot, but I still get annoyed when this happens. What is strange though is that I only seem to get bored with my binge-reading of series when I am reading paranormal books. This happened when I was reading the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The first four books were a breeze, but I struggled to finish the last book and the accompanying novella because I became bored of the characters and the predictable plot. This also happened with the Twilight series. The last two books were a drag. I’m pretty sure I wanted to pull my hair out.
I tend to “hideout” when I go on a binge-read. This basically means I lock myself in my room, avoid all contact with friends, turn down invitations to hangout until I finish my binge-read. It’s really bad you guys, but I get so sucked in that I can’t stop reading. Blogging has become difficult with my current binge-read because I don’t want to put my current read down, but I also have to write this post. Thank god I had this one planned out so writing it has been easier and I can get back to my book ASAP.
This is the hardest of them all, but I hate when a series comes to an end because no one likes saying goodbye to their favorite characters. No joke, I cried like a baby without a bottle when I finished my binge read of the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover. I also hate it when I become up to date with all of an author’s works because then I have to wait until they release a new book to get my fix. Perfect example: Colleen Hoover. Can it please be August already so I can read It Ends With Us?!
I like this idea of taking a week out of each month and binge-reading a series or book by the same author. It’s a great way to play catch-up for popular series that have been out for years. For the month of August, I plan to binge-read the Addicted series by the Ritchie twins. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this series and I can’t wait to meet these characters!
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
Do you ever binge-read books/series?
Let me know in the comments!