2016 has started off with a healthy (my daughter says otherwise) obsession with fictional characters. I’ve been on a binge read since the beginning of the year, making my way through popular series who have taken the world by storm. They’ve sucked me in and spit me out at the end, not knowing which way was up.
On more than one occasion I’ve wondered how will I go on? What am I going to do with myself now that it’s over? Some book hangovers are of epic proportions and nothing else on deck appears like it could fill the void. If you’re a fellow bookworm, I don’t have to explain any of this to you. You understand. We’ve all traveled and lived many lives through the power of the written world.
The funny thing is trying to explain this to non-readers. My husband asks me constantly:
“How do you read so much?”
The answer is simple. I would rather read than do anything else. Maybe there are other hobbies out there, I doubt it, but they will never compare to a good book. The goal I’ve set for this year is to devour ten books a month. Which isn’t really a lot… but that keeps me from being completely consumed by a fictional realm and forgetting things I have to do — like be a wife and mom, write a few books and be an all around functional human. The last bit is questionable at best, but hey I’m not trying to impress anyone.
No matter where I am or what I’m doing, I have at least one book with me. Typically, I don’t leave the house without my kindle and a paperback. The few times I have, I felt naked. If someone else is driving — I’m reading. My family complains I am the worst travel partner ever. If we have to wait anywhere, my nose is stuck in a book. The other night we went to go see Allegiant and I was in the middle of reading Stars Above fromThe Lunar Chronicles. During the previews — I read. I can’t help it. It’s a problem I don’t really see as a problem.
I finished The Lunar Chronicles last night … all 3,072 pages of it and there is a stack of new loves waiting for me to fall for, but I can’t bring myself to move on yet.