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’?
Categories: Book life