Binge Reading

I hear a lot of people about binge watching t.v. shows or movies, but have you ever binge read books?  I haven’t heard anyone talk about this, but I have to admit that recently, I have been binge reading.

Sometimes my brain just craves good books, and I need to feed this craving.  That’s why you’ve been seeing all of the book reviews here on my blog.  I like to write a review for every book I read, whether old or new, and whether I am doing it for BookLook Blogger or just for my own reading record.

I’m still writing too, but I believe I need to continue to read to feed my writing as well.  When I read, I can see what works and what doesn’t as I read books that I think are okay and books that I think are really good.

In my opinion, the very best books make me laugh and cry. (Incidentally, my opinion is the same for movies.)  I must say that none of the books I’ve read during my recent binge have ranked that high.

So, in my opinion, good books are the books that hold my attention, make me care about and route for the main character(s), and keep me turning pages past my bedtime.  Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina, Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble, and The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson fall into this category.

Then there are the books that are okay.  These would be the books that interest me either in the character(s) or the plot, but not necessarily both.  It could be the plot is too slow or the characters don’t really make me care about them, but some aspect of the story keeps me reading.  Maybe I care enough about the character to see how things will turn out for that character, or maybe the plot line includes something like a murder and I want to know whodunit.  These books may keep me reading, but I will not read through a book like this nearly as quickly.

Finally, there are the books that are not very good.  These lack both characters that I care about and a good plot line.  I trudge through these books, and only if I am reading them for a BookLook Blogger book review because I have agreed to read a book in its entirety before writing the review for them.  If it’s just a book I have picked up, I will lay it aside and most likely never pick it up again.

 

The following books are on my current list of books I want to read as I continue binge reading:

Dauntless by Dina Sleiman

Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman

Rose Madder by Steven King

Fear Mountain by Mike Dellosso

Darlington Woods by Mike Dellosso

I’m sure there will be many more added, as I continue to binge.  There will also be more added for book reviews for BookLook Blogger.  The next one of those that is up is Inspirational Reflections by Ian J. Roberts.

So, do you binge read?  What’s on your binge reading list?

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