Barbara here. 🙂
Do you ever go on a binge read, where you read all of one author’s books (or one series) one after the other with scarcely a break (for work, food, bathroom, whatever)?
Until recently, my answer would have been NO. I have plenty of favorite authors, and I’ve read many of their books over and over, but not one after the other without reading anything else. Usually I have three or four books by different authors going at any one time, so that if I get tired of one story, I hop over to the other for a while, and maybe then to the next, and so on. This doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying any of these books—I am, but I seem to need variety in my reading. Even if I love a series, I often stop reading it after four or five books; I don’t care whether I read more. (This is probably why I don’t seem able to write a series of more than four or five books, either.)
But now, I am in the middle of a total binge read of the science fiction Vorkosigan Saga books by Lois McMaster Bujold. I’d already read some of them years ago, as well as some of her fantasies, and enjoyed them all, but I moved on to other stuff. Then a few months ago, when a friend recommended one of the more recent ones, I read it and…OMG. I simply can’t get enough. I put one book down and immediately pick up the next (not necessarily in order; I’ve never cared much about reading books in order). I have a few other books going, but I can’t get more than a page or two of them read without putting them down. They’re good books, too—but only Bujold’s books hold my attention right now.
I wish I understood why. Yes, the writing is wonderful, the characters are brilliant, the plots are beautifully convoluted, the world-building is amazing, the issues she tackles are relevant, there are lots of surprises, etc. But all this fabulousness didn’t make me binge read her books the first time I encountered them. What’s driving me this time? They make me think, and I love that. They’re also comfort reads to some extent, but… but… but…
Anyway, since I haven’t been able to figure out my own motivations here, I thought I’d ask you all. Do you ever binge read? (Or binge watch — such as a year or several years of a sitcom or other TV series.) Why? What is it about a series or just a particular author’s books that drives you to read them (and maybe reread them) one after the other without stopping to sample anything else? Is it something about the books, something about you, something about the right combination at the right time?
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Now for the giveaway. To Kiss a Rake is now out in paperback!
Last week, I posted here about my Goodreads Giveaway of a signed copy of To Kiss a Rake. To enter, go here. This one is US only. (https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/183409)
But for far better odds of winning a copy, comment on this blog now. I’ll give an autographed copy to one lucky commenter. This one is open to readers in the US and Canada.