Chain reading

I have a habit (and I’m not sure if it’s a good, bad or indifferent one) of starting a new book within seconds of finishing the old one. For the most part this is a product of the gargantuan mountain that is my TBR pile, which causes me no small amount of guilt and makes me plough through books so I can see the mountain recede (which it never does because, as I have already confessed, I’m a book-aholic).

Sometimes I worry that starting a book straight off the back of another book disrespects the first one somehow. Like, maybe I should process it a little bit first and allow the themes to sink in. (Hmmm, I wonder whether my book amnesia stems from the fact that I chain-read.)

One of the main problems is that I don’t like being in a position where I’m not currently reading something. Especially over night. If I finish a book just as I’m going to sleep, I have been known to rise like a zombie in a half-wake state to choose my next book so I don’t fall asleep in book limbo.

Do you like to spend some time after you’ve finished reading a book to let it germinate, or are you like me (and Dave Grohl), ‘done, done, onto the next one’?

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  1. Well, I have my 50 in a year challenge list, my 1001 books to read before you die list, my booker winners/nominees list, the BBC big read list and I’ve been contemplating starting a list from the Guardians best hundred novels and one related to the Bailey’s prize.

    There’s often some overlap and much of the time I’ll read something that only goes into the 50 in a year list but I try to tackle novels off these lists when I can.

    Looking at it written down here, I think I may have a problem 😀


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