Needless to say, I go in spurts of reading. I guess you could say I am a binge reader. For example, this past week I read 2 amazing books and am currently waiting on the the third and final book in the series to arrive in the mail, but I have a feeling after I read that book, it might be a month or two before I have time or make time to read again.
I even have further proof to this theory. 9 weeks ago, I checked out The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson from our public library. The series was highly recommended to me by my friend Martini and another colleague. Any way, I checked them both out and started reading the first one immediately, but only got one chapter into it before my reading plans got sidelined as I didn't touch the book again until last week when it was almost due back to the library. (I had to renew them the maximum 2 additional times to have them for the maximum 9 weeks.) So I read the first 150 pages, before the book was due back. I contemplated keeping it longer and just paying the fine, but decided to do the right thing and return both books on time with the hope that I could re-check them back out; however, when I went back to the library both books were checked out and had an estimated 30 day wait.
Yikes, I couldn't wait that long, I was now a quarter of the way done. So I decided that I would buy the first book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, in the small paperback version for $7.99 at Borders as I happened to be near one. This was Tuesday and by Friday, I had finished the book so it was time to start the second one which I still couldn't get from the library.
So on one of my two trips to Walmart over the weekend, I was able to pick up The Girl Who Played with Fire for $5.97. I apparently was now hooked on the series because I finished this book on Memorial Day morning. (I apologize for not linking to Walmart here, but they don't have the version of the book I bought online and they did not provide a review of the book so I linked to Barnes & Noble instead.)
And now I had a decision to make as the third and final book in the series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, was just released in hardback. (This will be the final book at the author passed away shortly after writing the three books.)
I really didn't want to spend the money on a hardback book, but our public library hasn't even received a copy of the book yet and I feel like I need to read it now while I am on a reading binge or it may be months. So what's a girl to do?
I priced the book on several websites with Amazon being the cheapest; however, I had a Barnes & Noble gift card (I actually think it might have been a birthday present to my husband from my Aunt, but oh well. He'll forgive me, right?) so Monday night I ordered the book and even got an extra one for my next reading binge, Olive Kitteridge, and free shipping to boot.
I can't wait for these books to arrive. I'm so excited.
And although, I find reading to be a guilty pleasure, I have decided it isn't all bad as I caught my girls both reading this weekend which really is a great thing. So maybe I'm a good influence after all.