So … you’ve just finished reading a book. For the sake of the discussion, we’ll say it was everything a book should be—engaging, entertaining, interesting, thought-provoking. The kind you want to gush over. The question is—do you immediately move on to your next book? Or do you take time to contemplate this writerly masterpiece and all its associated thoughts/emotions/ideas for a while first?
What a great question! Don’t you think?
I have 2 responses since my reading habits have changed since I became active in this community of book bloggers. Before blogging, I would have gone instantly onto the next book. But for the past 3+ years, I don’t and the reason is reviews.
I just finished reading Goodnight, Brian by Steven Manchester a 5+ emotional read. This story will stay with me for a very long time as did his other novel Twelve Months. Since I write my review of a book before starting another, I would say that I do take time comtemplating the read, pulling my thoughts together, thinking about it’s pro and cons, if any and what I felt while reading it. However, when I’m almost done with the book, I may start thinking what book I should read next. But sometimes, a book touches me so deeply, like Goodnight, Brian did, that I have to take a couple of days before picking up another because the next book has to be just as good. I wrote my review yesterday and still can’t decide what my next read will be.
What about you? Do you rush and start the next book because there is so little time and oh so many books or do you take your time?