I trust we’re all familiar with binge-watching. (Or is this just something I tell myself to make myself feel better about blazing through a season of Gilmore Girls in a week?)
Recently it’s been Sherlock and Veronica Mars. Before that it was The Office and Friday Night Lights. All were worth the time, but after so much screen time, I start to feel like I’d be better served by binging on books instead.
Since I read this post, I’ve been thinking about books I’ve binged on in the past, and what I’d like to include in future reading binges.
I have a long, (mostly) proud history of binge reading—and by binging, I mean “sat down on the couch and strongly resisted moving until I finished the last page.”
Books I’ve binge-read in the not-too-distant past include:
• The Hunger Games trilogy. (I suspect I’m in good company here.)
• Rules of Civility. A glittering and glamorous page-turner.
• What Alice Forgot. I inhaled this like it was chick lit, but found myself mulling it over for weeks after I finished.
• Deliberate practice books. Because I go on a topical binge every once in a while.
And I would love to find the time to binge-read these:
• Sherlock Holmes. I recently picked up an old edition that bound A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles together, and flew through them both. I loved reading these stories after binge-watching Sherlock so recently, and seeing how true the modern scripts hew to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories despite the century gap. Now I want to read the rest (and then–let’s be honest–binge-watch Sherlock some more).
• Susan Howatch’s Starbridge series (beginning with Glittering Images, set in the Church of England in the 1930s). I’ve read this series before (maybe twice?) but it’s time for a re-read. Each of the series’ six books is self-contained, but is told from the perspective of a different character, allowing the reader to glimpse the same events from different viewpoints. There’s lots of religion, sex, and psychoanalysis. This series isn’t for everybody, but readers who love it really love it.
• The Mysterious Benedict Society series. I’ve read the first book in the series and would love to curl up with the other three some weekend soon.
• The Thursday Next series. There are 7 books so far in Jasper Fforde’s comic fantasy, alternate history, nerdy and self-aware series, and I’ve only read the first: The Eyre Affair. (Of interest: The Eyre Affair was frequently cited as a book you love AND a book you hate on the literary matchmaking survey.)
• The Maisie Dobbs series. Because apparently I like to binge-read mysteries.
What do YOU like to binge read? Give us some ideas for our own lists in comments.