Monday, December 3, 2012
How much time do you need?
My first thought was 'Good for her' but then I started wondering about the quality of her reading experience. I don't know about you, but there are some books that I love to linger over, to really take my time and enjoy them. These tend to be the books that give me a 'reading hangover.' You know what I mean: you finish the book and the story lingers with you, making it so that you are at a loss as to what book to pick up next. It can't possibly live up to what you just finished, so why bother?
I don't want to sound like a reading snob. I won't deny that I read plenty of 'potato chip' books, those that are tasty and fun and go down quickly. I love those books, but they don't make me pause. I don't take those characters into my heart or find myself thinking about them in an idle moment as if they were my friends. The 'potato chip' books are great, but it's the 'steak and potatoes' books that really make reading worthwhile for me.
How about you? Do you move from book to book to book, or are there some stories that really make you stop?