I am a die hard reader.
I have to force myself to step away from a story until the very end. This means a series really takes a lot of time out of my daily life. I’m raising children so this reading trait is not ideal at the moment. I end up not reading many things because I don’t want to wait, but that would be good because I would break up the reading over years instead of standing over the stove holding a book and stirring. I have the same problem with movies and TV shows. I just watch episode after episode until I realize my husband will be up for work soon and I should at least pretend to be asleep! At least with books I’m a fast reader.
Even my own book keeps expanding leaving my impatient to know the end. A three book series shrank to two and I was happy with that. But recently my characters kept bugging me with storyline that goes beyond the current plans for book two. Okay. Three book series are common. I can do that. Right? Uh oh. They were at it again, those crazy characters. Four books???
Canceled shows that have years of seasons to work through are my gluten free bread and butter. The West Wing can take weeks. The Buffy/Angel world takes even longer to watch. Firefly should take weeks out of my life, not a day or two. At least Farscape got more years before the chopping block caught up.
Seasoned writers have a back log so I can go to the next one without dwelling on the story for years as if I stopped mid-sentence. The first time I drew a line at waiting-for-the-next-one was as a teenager. The Wheel of Time was never going to end. My cousin and I decided to wait until the last predicted one and then read it at the same time. Hah! Has the last one even shown up yet?
With Bujold and her Miles Vorkosigan series I can take my time and not be left anxiously waiting for the next one. I started Harry Potter when book four was coming out so I got a good run of reading in before I ended up waiting… and waiting… and… (sitting on the edge of my seat, biting nails… when… when will I know what happens?)
I need to get better at reading newer authors and being patient for the next book. After all that is what I am asking of my readers. There are good stories I’m missing out on because of this trait.
This is my goal for 2015: I need to find three or four books that will require me to be patient for a year or two after I read them.
I recently read The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. It was well worth it, but didn’t leave me with a cliff hanger so I need a few of precipices followed by THE END-see-you-next-book to
teach me a lesson help me practice patience.
What are your reading and viewing quirks? What new series are you waiting on book two of?
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