Today is Day 7 of the March Slice of Life, the fun, daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”
Last night I stayed up late once again this week to finish a book. It wasn’t as late as the night before (3:30 am), but it was late (1:30 am).
I am not one of those who can read a chapter or two before bed to help me fall asleep. Rather, if I start to read, I usually get drawn into the book and can’t put it down until I finish it.
While I was teaching, I usually did not let an obsession lead me to late night reading. I just tried not to read a favoured book Sunday to Thursday. Usually. But there were times over the years that I went to school a bit tired when I couldn’t not finish a book.
Now that I am retired, I tend to read more during the day, so that my evenings are freer when my husband is home from work. There haven’t been too many obsessions where I just had to keep reading.
This “Fever” series by kare4n Marie Moning though has me caught in its web. I find fantasy series are especially obsessive for me – the creativity and world-building draw me in.In the past week I have read five of the series so far. Luckily, I have been able to get the books through the library.
But, when I do become obsessed with a series, I will buy to feed my addiction. That happened particularly with the Gamache mystery series by Louise Penny. When I read the first of her books several years ago, I discovered it was number six in a longer series. This book was the book chosen for “One Book, One Community” in our region that year and I really enjoyed it. When I checked her website, I discovered there were five previous books. I went to the library first and could only get the second and third. So I bought the first and then later, four and five. Once I had caught up, I had to wait several months for number seven and then it has been a yearly wait for the next books in the series. Number ten comes out Aug. 16 and I can’t wait. I will definitely be in line that day to buy it.
Throughout the years, there have been many series (or even just favourite authors) who I became obsessed with:
The Anne series as a young teen
The Lord of the Ring series
Books by Mary Stewart, Jean Plaidy, Robert Heinlein
In the past ten years, it has been:
Harry Potter series
Hunger games and Divergent series
A-Z mysteries by Sue Graftton
Some last the whole series but others for whatever reason, I am still trying to finish them (Highlander series is one, Kathy Reichs “Bones” books another)
I am itching to dive into number 6 (Iced) but it is the weekend and I try to spend quality time with my husband It will have to wait til Monday. (well, maybe I’ll just read a couple of chapters while he watches a show…)