The Healing Power of Binge Reading

Friday, March 20, 2015

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?

25 comments:

  1. I binge read series all the time Amanda! It's so hard not to sometimes. I read Iron Fey and Skulduggery Pleasant, binge reading both the series, at the same time! I'm weird like that.. If I like the series, I can just swim through it without a care in the world, and I always make time for some marathons or binging, it's what I like to do. I plan to binge/marathon Divergent and Uglies next month, or try to, and see how that goes, but yes, doing it can be wonderful, but the hangover, the HANGOVER, that bit sucks.

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    1. Right? I need to read the Iron Fey series. I've heard it's great! Divergent is a good one. It's interesting. I think I was lucky enough to read those books at a fantastic time in my life that I probably wouldn't have enjoyed them as much if it were at a different period in my life. I haven't read Uglies but I hear AMAZING things! Oh and yes that hangover is KILLER!!!!!!! Ugh that's the only bad part anbout binge-reading... the hangover is god awful.

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  2. I love doing this! I don't do it often because- Agh!- school. :P But when I do I stay up crazy late to finish a good book. It doesn't really matter what book, as long as it's well written with good characters and just captures me. (Like The False Prince, The Giver, Splintered. . . I'll stop there.)

    Maybe it does sound strange. But you're right. Binge reading does give me a sort of adrenaline rush too. It's seems to like you in a way that, I guess, sort of refreshes you from all the stress. Because when I come back to the real world, it seems a little brighter, I can wonder at things more, I'm kinder, I have more patience, most anything is possible. . . Does any of that makes sense?

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    1. OH it makes complete sense!!! I totally understand you completely! It just makes the world a better place! :)

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  3. Yes, I binge read occassionally, the Morganville Vamp by Caine and Succubus series by Mead most recently. Anywho, this sound like a good one

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    1. Is the Morganville Vampires series any good? I've seen the little youtube short film things, but I've never read them.

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  4. I haven't had a really great binge read in a while. I did binge read The Grisha Series (Shadow and Bone) towards the end of last year and enjoyed it immensely. I need to binge read a series again sometime. I do like not having to wait until the books come out, having them all out already is very nice indeed. :)

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  5. Binge reading is the greatest thing in the world! I wish I could do it more often, but I probably won't have the chance to do that until school lets out for the summer. Until then, I'm stuck grading papers instead of sticking my nose in books :P

    BUT OMG SHATTER ME AND WARNER <3 <3 <3 Forever adore that series and that man. I need a reread terribly - maybe that'll be the series I binge the first week I'm out of school ;)

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    1. Girl, like you don't even understand. I don't think I've ever had a book boyfriend before until I met Warner. I mean I thought I had book boyfriends, but that's not possible because I love Warner so damn much. I just.... *FEELS*

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  6. I definitely adore binge reading a whole series. The most recent series I've done this with was actually the Just One Day duology & novella by Gayle Forman. I got so attached and I just didn't want to stop reading! The characters were just the best.
    I really need to read the Shatter Me series! I've only read the first book.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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    1. I haven't read anything by Forman *hangs head in shame* I really need to though. Girl, you really do need to read Shatter Me. I thought it was all hype, but it's sooooo not. It's as phenomenal as people are saying it is!

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  7. I actually have NEVER binge-read a series. Oh wait. Maybe I did when I was like 12 and seriously addicted to The Boxcar Children. There were like hundreds of them, and I think we own at least 50. (My sister and I were mildly obsessed.) hehe. But I consider "binge-reading" if I actually get a series done in the same year. *heavy sigh* I don't know WHY I do this?!! It'd make much more sense to go for a complete series because then all the details would stick in my mind!

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    1. REALLY? I figured you would be the queen of binge-reading (among other things of course). Oh the Boxcar Children. I read those all the stinkin' time when I was a kid. I think I have like 120 of them back home... don't worry, I was obsessed too. Do you think it's because you want to draw out the amazingness of the series? I feel like that with certain books. Like it took me forever to get through the Pendragon series by DJ MacHale because I just couldn't stand the idea of it ending.

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  8. The only series I ever binge read is the Harry Potter series. Otherwise, it takes me fooooooreeeeever to get through a series (if I ever complete it at all!). During my last semester at college, I decided to binge read the Harry Potter series. Just in time for the release of the Deathly Hallows part 1. I probably spent more time reading those books than studying that semester, but I couldn't help it-- I was burned out!

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    1. Oh yeah final semester of college everyone's always burnt out. I totally get it haha!

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  9. I love binge reading a series! I try to do it as often as I can, like right now with the Hunger Games trilogy. Boy, do I love these books! Never mind all the (million) other things I'm supposed to be doing, I'll just crawl up on the sofa and immerse myself in all sorts of fictional worlds.

    Beatrice @ Book For Thought

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    1. hahaha! I always find that I binge read when I have a thousand other things I could be doing. Like yesterday for example... I had a huge text to study for, but what did I do? I listened to These Broken Stars on audiobook from beginning to end without stopping. Needless to say, I got the Closer badge for that one haha. But it's so rejuvenating, and oh THG. If I could reread those books for the first time again, I totally would! They are some of my favorites!

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  10. I don't think I've ever binge-read a series. I read far too slowly to do that. The closest I get is reading two books in a series in quick succession.

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  11. I love binge reading. I did it last summer with the first three books in The Lunar Chronicles. I did it with Harry Potter and Divergent, and pretty much every series I've ever read. I just love getting lost in a world (whether realistic or not). There's just something so calming about it.

    Erin @ The Hardcover Lover

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    1. Ah. I remember when I binge read HP the summer after I graduated high school. That's seriously all I did that summer was read HP for the first time, and oh it was sooooo glorious! LOVE!

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  12. I ADORE binge reading series, and I definitely know what you mean about being on a high afterwards and completely and 100% in love with the reading experience (well, more than usual XD).

    I actually recently binge read the first three books in The Raven Cycle and I am so SO glad I did. It was such a pleasure to read them one after the other, and I became to fully invested in the characters, and the relationships, and the storylines. That series pretty much became my life while I was binge reading it, and I'm still recovering from the feels.

    Another series I binge read was the Study series by Maria V. Snyder (back when there was only three). UGH IT WAS AMAZING.

    I think what I love most about binge reading is that it feels like one massive long beautiful book, and there's no waiting or forgetting, or falling out of touch with anything. I love binge reading :D

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    1. I have not read the Raven Cycle yet, but I hear nothing but good things about it! Oh binge reading... it's just so soothing and wonderful and glorious and [insert a thousand fantastic adjectives here]. :)

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  13. The Shadow and Bone trilogy. Best. Decision. Of. My. Life.

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    1. RIGHT?! Ugh so much love for Mal and Alina and Nikolai! UGH HEARTS EVERYWHERE!

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  14. I love binge reading! There's no time to forget plots or let your interest wane - it's the best way to read a series!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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