My Reading Quirk Is Strange- Is Yours?
My biggest reading quirk is hoarding books. And not in the sense of physically hoarding books (which I also do) but in the sense that if I like an author or a series I will hoard the books until I feel I am ready to read them. I’ve tried many times to explain this strange habit to people and I usually get the look people give to strange paintings- like they should understand the painting because of art for art’s sake but they just can’t wrap their heads around it. You know the look I’m talking about? That look.
So, let me lay it out for you. When I first started reading The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, 6 years ago, there were already 12 books out. I quickly burned through those. And when I say quickly, I mean I literally read all 12 in 2 months while working 2 jobs and going to college (I know addictive personality, obsessive tendencies, blah blah blah). But once I finished The King I realized that The Shadows wasn’t coming out for a while. And I went through withdrawal (Yes, you can go through withdrawal from reading books. Lindsay, if you’re reading this I know you will tell me I’m wrong but it still feels like what I assume withdrawal feels like!) Anyway, once that entire realization hit I started hoarding or more like stock-piling books. So, when The Shadows came out I went and bought it and immediately put it on my shelf. And waited. And then when Blood Kiss came out I did the same thing. And then when The Beast came out, I thought that having three books was enough to satisfy me. I, of course, was wrong and devoured those 3 books in a matter of 2 weeks. But even though I had waited so long to read the books it felt so good to go straight from one to the other. I guess you could call me a binger.
To me, when a book or TV series has an ungodly amount of books or seasons I will immediately be interested in it. I love the fact that Sherilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series and Christine Feehan’s Dark series literally has 30 books in each. (Also, check out Evangeline Anderson’s Brides of the Kindred series. She is part of the 30-books-in-a—series-with-no-end-in-sight-club). That is my dream! I love the fact that I can be immersed in something so completely. And I know that it wont be suddenly taken away (I’m looking at you NBC- Timeless is amazing!!! =p).
I’ll also hoard books that I know I’m not ready to read yet. Colleen Hoover is the perfect example of this. I randomly discovered her around 7 years ago and have been in love with her writing ever since. Watching her grow as an author and experimenting with different types of stories has been amazing. But I’m also weary of the amazing Mrs. Hoover. She can rip my heart out with so little effort- it’s not even fair!!! Confess had me bawling like a baby in THE FIRST CHAPTER!!!!!!!!!!! How evil is that?!?!?! I mean full on snot and tears and blotchy face bawling not that sweet one tear cry from the movies. This was gross! Without a doubt, I will always go out and buy a Colleen Hoover book. She is on my Automatic Buy List and forever will be. But I don’t always read her books right away. I need to make sure I get in the right frame of mind. And I need to make sure I’m left alone because I’m like a wounded wild animal when I cry- I will bite and will have no remorse for doing so. Currently, I have not read Without Merit, It End With Us, and All Your Perfects. All Your Perfects just came out so I’m not ashamed I haven’t read it yet (even though I am avoiding it right now). But I am ashamed with myself for not reading the other two yet. Well, mostly I’m ashamed about the fact that I haven’t read It Ends With Us yet. I heard mixed things about Without Merit and holding off on it for a little while longer. But I know that It Ends With Us and All Your Perfects will gut me and I just haven’t been ready for a good gutting.
I know you’re probably reading this going, “She has a book blog. She literally writes about new books. How can she hold off reading so many books?” I know these are the burning questions you have. And let me tell you, it’s not easy. There have been many books I have read and reviewed for my blog that I FORCED myself to read and not hoard like I normally would. It was so hard to do! I’m so impatient that I can patiently wait till there are about 5 book piled up in a series so that I can binge them. Yes, that doesn’t make sense but that is because it is my quirks. Quirks don’t always make sense. That is why they are quirks… because they’re quirky.
I have many other reading quirks that I was going to touch on in this post but I kinda lost control of myself and wrote much more on this quirk than I planned on. But this is probably the strangest of my quirks and therefore the most interesting. What are some reading quirks that you have? Are they completely out there and only make sense to you (like mine), or are they just common things you do that you think aren’t that common (like being a mood reader or a book jumper)? I’d love to know.