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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:

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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.pc.png

STAYING IN THE SAME SETTING FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME

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. 

LESS CHANCE OF FORGETTING IMPORTANT DETAILS

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.

NOT ONLY FUN, BUT RESOURCEFUL

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!

READING SPEED INCREASES

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.pc.png

FEAR OF BOREDOM

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.

NEGLECTING REAL LIFE RESPONSIBILITES

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.

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END

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!

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18 thoughts on “My Latest Obsession: Binge-Reading | Rants & Rambles

  1. Have such a problem with this. I cannot binge read to save my life. It’s like as soon as I finish a book I have to have time to let it soak in before I can go on and read another book in that series.
    Recently I finished Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, and I want so badly to go and devour all the books she’s already released so I am ready for the new book. I just don’t know how. I don’t have the will power to break my habit. I guess I just don’t like reading too much of the same author in such a short amount of time? Maybe I’m just a weirdo.

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    • You are definitely not a weirdo. You just need time to process what you’ve read. I’m probably the weirdo because I literally jump from book to book. As soon as I finish one, I need to start another ASAP! I binge-read Hoover’s book last year and it was so fun, but I was so sad when I was done. I totally understand those who don’t binge-read because they prefer to savor each book in a series, but that doesn’t seem to work for me. I always need to know what is going to happen next and I have no patience whatsoever.

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  2. I’m definitely a binge reader too! I just recently binged the whole Sweet Evil trilogy in less than a week. I’ve found that binge reading leads me to ignoring my other responsibilities though so sometimes I have to force myself not to binge even though I really want to haha. πŸ™ˆ

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  3. Binge reading was very difficult for me before I had a blog. Now I regularly do it because I need to read for my blog to have content! Readathons are my jam now. πŸ˜€
    All your reasons are so honest and relatable. I don’t see neglecting life responsibilities as a con πŸ˜‰

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    • I’ve always wanted to join a readathons but I know I will never be able to stick to the requirements. My reading habits are way too random to stick to a readathon TBR. But I agree that binge-reading helps with having blog content since there will be a a lot of books to review. I just hope I get my reviews up in a timely manner πŸ˜…πŸ˜….

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  4. I binge-read series a lot of the time, mostly exactly for the pro-points you mentioned. I read so many books in general and my brain is like Swiss cheese, if there is too much of a break between sequels, i am bound to have forgotten half of it (if not more). But I also love to just immerse myself in a world. It’s so awesome when it takes over my brain completely.

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    • I hate the fact that we always have to wait a year for the next book in a series to be released. I know while I was reading ACOMAF, there were some things that I forgot in ACOTAR that came into play in the sequel, but luckily I had a really good blogger friend who made notes and she explained everything to me. I have the worse memory ever and I’m pretty sure that I’ll have to go back to my ACOMAF review when I read the next book in that series because I’m bound to forget something. & getting lost in a world is seriously one of the best ways to just escape for a short while!

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      • I just read The Crown, which is like the last book in the Selection series, which I read more than a year ago and I remembered virtually nothing. I couldn’t even remember all the suitors names and it was baaaad hahaha

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  5. I only read one book in one sitting and I will never do that again. Plus my mother will be driving me crazy saying that I need to work instead of reading. The book I read in one sitting was The Girl who loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. The book was a total let down at the end. I wanted scream at and shake Stephen King.

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  6. I love binge reading but you’re spot on with requesting getting in the way of it! It’s the best to binge read a finished series that is absolutely wonderful, I think I can read the 4 ToG books in under a week because I’ve read them so much I can just speed read through. I love binge watching TV series as well rather than watching an episode a week.
    I absolutely adore all of your posts and topics, I have to make a day to binge read them all because everything thing you write is just so on point! xx

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    • I binge-read the first 4 books of ToG too! It was so much fun and they were the first fantasy books I’ve ever read so it was fun getting lost in this new world of magic. & binge-watching shows on Netflix is fun as well, although I have to remember to stop and actually read when I do this. I can’t go back to watching television ever since I started binge-watching shows. I have no patience to wait a whole week for a new episode.

      & thank you so much! I’m always grateful for anyone who reads my discussions and can relate to them! ❀

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  7. I pretty much binge-read every time I find a new series that I love! I can’t help it. I get so engrossed in the story and characters. I get so sad when the series ends. This is why I refuse to read single novels. They just aren’t long enough.

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