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February 15, 2016

I Confess, I’m Binging Books

Books and books and books and books

Why I'm trying to stop my book binging habit

I love to read. I feel like I’m pretty much always reading. And you know what? When I think back on the books I’ve read recently, I have trouble remembering the plots of those books. That’s just not cool. Because what is the point of reading, if the stories don’t stay with me?

I wish I could blame Audible and the convenience of Overdrive (renting audiobooks? I’m so down!), the new binging culture brought upon by the ease of Netflix, or any other reason. But it’s me. I’m letting myself get swept up, letting the dishes wait a little longer, listening to my phone wherever possible, staying up a bit later, waking a bit earlier, binging bing binging.

So one of my goals for February is to calm it all done, and take my time with books. I don’t need to multitask so often, I need to soak it all in. Why? Books are magic, they transport you into another person’s life, took authors over a year to create, and that shouldn’t be rushed. I think all of the hard work that went into a book should provide me entertainment for a whole week, not just two days.

To illustrate my point, here is my most recent book wrap-up video where I explain the 11 books (yes, 11!) I’ve read these past two months and a little more on why I need to slow it down.

Books mentioned: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirMatched by Ally Condie, Crossed by Ally Condie, Reached by Ally Condie, The White Rose (Lone City #2) by Amy Ewing, The Jewel (Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing, Similar to a fantasy version of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret AtwoodThe Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Crime by Marie RutkoskiTeardrop by Lauren Kate, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerPrincess Academy by Shannon HalePalace of Stone (Princess Academy #2) by Shannon HaleThe Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy #3) by Shannon Hale, and The Siren by Kiera Cass

That’s a lot of books discussed in such a short amount of time!

So, let’s admit it, how many of us out there are binging books and TV shows as well?

Personally, I just hate knowing that there is a conclusion to the story out there, and I could know what it is RIGHT NOW, if I kept reading. I think that’s one of the main reasons I’m a binge reader and Netflix marathoner.

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2 Comments

  • Grace
    Twitter:

    Wow, 11 books in 2 months is crazy. I’ve been steadily increasing my reading goals each year and this year my goal is 48, so nearly 1 book a week. I’ve been keeping up so far. Unfortunately I don’t like audiobooks, I find it too hard to concentrate.
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    February 15, 2016 at 2:51 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson
      Twitter:

      I can see that. It’s a bit too easy to multitask when using audiobooks. 48 is a great goal, totally workable if you keep at it.

      February 19, 2016 at 10:06 am Reply

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