For a while I’ve been in a mood where I’ll read what ever fits my fancy, which sounds normal enough, but now I look at the books I’ve read and I discovered I have a knack for starting a series and never finishing it. I have the first two books of Justin Cronin’s The Passage trilogy, the first book of the Lady Trent Memoir series, the first book of The Wheel of Time series, and several others. It’s a problem.
I don’t mean to be a series lobotomizer. When I start a first book I have every intention of finishing it, but then something catches my eye and I abandon ship like an attention deficit squirrel trying to find the best acorn. Then once I finish this other book I find something else and the cycle continues until I’m left with a path of culled first books in my wake and an overwhelming desire to go back and finish some of them while knowing deep down that I never will. But this isn’t the only problem.
I’m a book collector. I enjoy looking at my bookshelf and admiring my collection, rereading old favorites, and perusing my tiny handwriting scrawled in the boarders. When I buy a book and love it I want to get the rest of the series. Unfortunately, I don’t have the money to buy this many books so I tell myself I’ll wait to keep reading until I can afford it. This usually means it was nice reading the first book but the rest of the story will probably remain a mystery.
So I’ve made a decision to change.
I recently finished a reading challenge with the local library and am ready to turn over a new leaf. I browsed the library looking for abandoned stories and decided that I was going to start finishing what I started and return to some of the abandoned books I’ve left in my wake. So now the real question:
Where to start?
I have some ideas about that. As I’m currently in the throws of book hangover it would be best to start small. Maybe a young adult series I started but never finished. Then once I’ve got some momentum I’ll work on some longer series until I’m satisfied. Then, and only then, will I begin reading new books. Hurrah!
I say this with enthusiasm, but my self-control when it comes to reading new books is rather low, so maybe on a more realistic level I’ll read a new book after I finish a series. That sounds more doable.
Wish me luck!