I’ve been an avid reader from the moment I learned to read. I spent my first ten years in a very small town in northern Michigan. Luckily we moved to Ohio the summer I turned ten, because I had read all of the children’s books in our small library. By the time I turned twelve, I had finished all of the children’s books (including what little YA there was in the 1980s) in the much larger library in Ohio and moved onto the adult books.
One thing that has always been consistent for me is how I read, which is very quickly and without stopping. Of course, that was much easier when I was younger, had fewer obligations, and could stay up all night to finish a book. I usually know immediately if a book is going to hold my attention. I used to push through and finish every book I started, but with increasing demands on my time, I now give a book two or three chapters to hook me before setting it aside. Though historical romance will always be my first love, I also enjoy reading historical fiction, young adult, new adult, mystery, suspense, thrillers, biographies, and select non-fiction.
I have to confess that it’s only been over the last few years, since I’ve been contracted to write books and turn them in within a specific time frame, that I’ve attempted to change my reading habits. For a time I struggled so much that I stopped reading for several months, but I was so unhappy I finally convinced myself that I could learn to read without it being all consuming. To me, setting down a book is like going to a movie theater and watching only the first forty-five minutes of a movie and leaving. But I’ve (mostly) trained myself to be able to put the book down and read over several days instead of hours. But if I have the time, I still binge read. I read eleven books during our recent, seven-day family vacation, and stayed up until 5:00 a.m. to finish a book I started at 11:00 p.m. the first night. Old habits die hard.
So, what about you? How do you read?
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