Today I would like to talk about the healing power of binge reading, because yes, I swear that binge reading has magical properties that simultaneously wreck you and heal you!
I will generally binge read a series at the most inopportune times, and I find it's because I desperately need an escape. Last February was just that. I read the entire Vampire Academy series (6 big books) in two weeks, while I had a full-time job and just launched my book blog. Talk about crazy. But I binged the series at the perfect moment that I needed a way out of real life problems.
Obviously, when you binge read an entire series that most likely means that you are extremely invested in the characters' lives, which ultimately will wreck you in ways you never though you could be wrecked. But there's also something about doing nothing but reading and entire series one right after the other.
For me this just recently happened with reading the Shatter Me series. I actually had to read Shatter Me for a paper I was going to write for my YA grad class. I fully intended to read it the first day of Spring Break and not worry about the rest until after I wrote my paper.
Well... that didn't happen. I read the entire series in three days, and IT. WAS. GLORIOUS.
There was something so healing being able to read and not have to worry about anything (because I had a few days to write the paper) and my family was cool enough to let me hole up in my room and devour books one right after the other!
At the same time, I fell so completely in love with Warner it was kinda scary and the story wrecked me in the best way possible while also healing me and allowing me to be completely consumed by a wonderful story.
After binge reading, I feel like I'm on this high, this super amazing moment where there's no such thing as a bad book and that fictional worlds are all amazing and magical and everything's at your fingertips. I know that sounds really weird, but that's what binge-reading (and enjoying the binge) feels like to me.
Have you ever binge read an entire series?
What series? Did you enjoy it?