Today begins the month-long Slice of Life daily writing challenge. SOL is hosted at “Two Writing Teachers” and has a very supportive community.
For the past few days, I have been in a fever. I have not been sick – just obsessed.
I love a good fantasy or science fiction, but especially enjoy getting immersed in a series and a new world created by a writer.
I also enjoy mysteries and two series in particular have me hooked – the Gamache series by Louise Penny (no. 9 won’t be out til August!) and the A-Z Mysteries by Sue Grafton.
But it is the fantasy that I can lose myself in, suspending belief and being drawn into the magic of this new world by the author’s words. It has been a while since I have found such a series. I loved “Lord of the Rings”, “Dune”, “Harry Potter”, “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” trilogies.
Then on Thursday, I was looking in my library bag for a book to read ( I have been trying to avoid buying books for a while and using the library more). I had just finished “Mockingbird” (by Kathryn Erskine) and “The Red Pencil” by Andrea Davis Pinkney) earlier in the week and wanted something different.
I opened “Darkfever: by Karen Marie Moning and I was hooked. Several hours later I emerged and wanted more. I requested the next two books in the series from the library, thinking that would hold me for the coming week.
I should have known better. I know how I am with a good book. I always vow I will savour it, take my time. But no, once I begin, I am lost to the story.
2:30 last night I finished the third in the series. Yesterday, I had picked up the two books, gone shopping, made dinner and eaten and spent some time with my husband, even gone on the computer for a bit. But the books kept drawing me back and every chance I had, I read.
Now I’ve ordered the next three from the library and I ca’t wait for my next fix, I mean book.
What series/books have you been so caught up in?