I have a ridiculous and slightly insane habit.
I avoid books I know I’ll love.
Why?! Why on earth would I do this? Sometimes I treat books I’m 99.08% sure I’ll adore the same way I treat books I’m 99.09% sure I’ll hate. I put them in a neat pile. I occasionally photograph them. I take about them amiably like, “Oh yes, I’m going to read that soon.” And I proceed to not read them FOREVER.
Okay, forever is a long time.
I proceed to not read them for three weeks.
It’s just ridiculous and nonsensical and I had to stop for a minute and think about why I do this.
I conclude it’s because I know the books will be so incredible and they’ll make me feel ALL OF THE THINGS and make me want to love or marry or be ALL OF THE CHARACTERS and they’ll spin me into such a book hangover that I’ll sulk in the corner for days afterward.
It’s basically like getting stage-fright over reading a good book.
The culprits usually are books I’m really looking forward to and am super emotionally involved in.
It took me forever to read Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J Maas.
I didn’t read any reviews. I couldn’t talk about it. And when people started dropping hints that their ship had changed (what?! no!!) I got completely cold feet and ran away screaming.
Why? I love this series. I LOVE IT A LOT. I’d read the first three books in a cluster and had such a bad hangover after the epicness that is Crown Of Midnight (also my favourite book in the series). I knew Heir of Fire would destroy me. I also knew I would have to wait another 12 months for book 4, Queen of Shadows.
When I did read it? Um, obviously I adored the socks off it. I cried because I wanted the next book so badly because CLIFF HANGER.
(Can we take a moment for Dorian and Chaol’s cliffhanger, please? I’m not okay. I could fuel a planet on my frustration and rage right now.)
I also put off Blue Lily Lily Blue (Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater for a long long long time.
I love all things Maggie Stiefvater. (If you didn’t know this, then you’re new, and welcome! I’m a Maggie Stiefvater fan! Just look at my instagram!) I knew I’d adore BLLB but most of the same reasons applied for Heir of Fire.
- Damaged feels
- Waiting for the final book
- Raging because of killer cliffhangers
- Knowing once I read it all I will have completed all of the Stiefvater books in the universe and…help.
I also had to buy it (from Book Depository which is in England which is far far away) so when I finally stopped procrastinating and bought it…I then had to wait 3 weeks. And then I stared at it for a while.
And read it and loved it and flailed and screeched…blah, blah. You know the story.
Similarly I didn’t touch Ensnared (Splintered #3) by A.G. Howard for over a week because it was the END.
I hate endings! I hate it when I close a trilogy and know there is no more. Ever. (Unless the ending series in question is by Cassandra Clare, then I don’t worry too much.) Plus I fiercely shipped Morpheus and Alyssa and I wasn’t sure which way this triangle would swing.
What if my ship sunk? What if I left unhappy?! This is one of my favourite trilogies of all time! (I’m a huge Lewis Carroll nerd, also.)
Pfft. It was perfect. I panicked (like usual) over nothing. (Although, awesomely and luckily, AG Howard is coming out with three short-stories that’ll be all glued into one book! So we’ll technically have FOUR Splintered books! Isn’t this fabulous? I am so very happy.)
There is a rather obvious pattern here, isn’t there?
I panic. I finally read. I love. I flail. And all my suspicions about book-hangovers and cliffhangers and desperation come true. I know I procrastinate these books because I don’t like having my emotions twisted by a devious author. It PAINS me. It’s exhausting to feel all of the things.
The life of a bookworm is torture.
Currently I’m procrastinating reading:
- Corruption (Disruption #2) by Jessica Shirvington. I loved the first book so so badly and I ship Quentin and Maggie something fierce. But this is also the LAST book and I don’t know if I can handle this.
- Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant #5) by Derek Landy. Because I’ve been assured this is traumatic (thanks for recommending me horrible series, Engie) and I love these characters so much. They are going to get hurt and I shall be unokay.
- A Court of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas. I love SJM. I think we’ve covered this, right?! But I love her writing and her characters steal my heart. Can I handle starting another series by her? Basically no. Will I? Definitely yes. Eventually…
- Black Dove, Raven White by Elizabeth Wein. I’m still emotionally traumatised from Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire so there is no way I’m touching this book. YET I WANT IT SO VERY BADLY. It’s on Netgalley and I keep hovering over the request button…then slapping myself and going to the corner of trauma.
do you procrastinate books you’ll love?! or do you just dive right in? give me details! and how much do you HATE waiting for the next book in an addictive series? (or are you smart and wait till they’re all out before starting?!!)
Cait @ Paper Fury
…is currently working up the courage to start ACOTAR this weekend. She really is dying to know if it’s as good (or better?! could it be possible?!) as the Throne of Glass series. Speaking of high-fantasy, she just borrowed out Half A King and has no idea if it’s good. (Is it good?) Currently she’s editing and dreaming of chocolate and writing lists for no reason.