Happy Tuesday, readers! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic at That Artsy Reader Girl is Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) Too Quickly. I have this little OCD tendency that means I very rarely DNF anything—when it comes to books, at least! 😉 If I’ve started it, I finish it—even if it means skimming to the end of the story—just so that I get resolution. And if I DNFed it, then it certainly wasn’t a decision I made too quickly!
But it occurred to me, when I was trying to work out what kind of a spin to give this topic so it would suit me, that while I don’t have a problem with DNFing books too quickly, I DO have a problem with FINISHING books too quickly; a little problem I like to call literary indigestion:
Literary indigestion (n) – the pain caused by the need to find out what happens RIGHT NOW while simultaneously making the book last as long as possible.
Sound familiar? When I’m really getting hooked into a story, not only do I find it difficult to put down, but I find myself reading faster and faster in my eagerness to find out what happens. The only problem is, comprehension suffers, and the end of the book is coming up too quickly, and then BAM! It’s all over red rover and there’s a gaping hole in your life—
*ahem* Sorry about that. I was getting caught up in the moment!
But seriously, it’s not something I can control. Even when I consciously realise what I’m doing, it’s like the adrenaline of needing to know what happens or needing the tension to resolve pushes me along with its super-human force! Can anyone say #bookloverproblems?
So, to my list.
The first book on my list, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, has a bit of a story attached to it. I picked this book to read for a book report in high school, maybe Year 10 or something. (I have no idea what that equates to in the American school system. I was about 15 or 16.) The night before the report was due, I was nowhere near finished reading the book. I’m talking less than halfway through the trilogy! Thus began the most insane speed-reading session of my life! I’m not sure whether I should be proud or ashamed that I got 19/20 for that book report. And no, I have never done that again since. I try to learn my lesson the first time!
No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens threw me for a total loop halfway through the story and I absolutely devoured the rest in my eagerness to find out what would happen. I read it again not too long after that and enjoyed it just as much, but took in all the extra details and emotions I missed the first time!
Next on the list is Christina Coryell’s Written in the Stars and Written in the Dust. The second in this series gave me literary indigestion more than the first, but I’ve included them both because you need to read both to get the full story. The emotional tension in these books really hit the spot for me, but it meant I was all in a tangle until I finished the books and got the resolution I was looking for.
You could insert any Ronie Kendig book in this list, because they are always emotionally and physically intense. It’s REALLY hard to pull myself out of the story once I’m in there, and her Tox Files series is no exception. Crown of Souls is the most recent release in the series, but I’m already in a tangle anticipating Thirst of Steel, the conclusion to the series, releasing on 31 July 2018. I can feel a MAJOR case of literary indigestion coming on!
Susan May Warren’s Montana Fire series was another super-intense read, particularly Conner and Liza’s story, Playing With Fire, and its sequel, I’ll Be There. And I’m not sure whether it was better or worse for the stories being novella length! It intensified both the drive to get to the resolution and the panic at having the story end too soon.
First off, isn’t this a cool cover idea? Second, if you enjoy a good romantic suspense read (emphasis on the suspense) and haven’t picked this one up, clear your weekend and make this your to-do list. Terri Blackstock’s If I Run, If I’m Found, and If I Live will have you living off adrenaline until you’re done. And I suggest scheduling a recovery day afterwards, because that’s a serious case of literary indigestion!
Tammy L. Gray’s Until I Knew Myself is another one of those emotionally intense novels that sucks you right in and grabs your emotions in a stranglehold. You might have the best of intentions when you pick this up, thinking you’ll only read a chapter or two, but it’s impossible. Once you start, you’ll be hooked and driven to reach that resolution.
So there you have it. A slightly shorter list this week (unless you count each individual book).