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Did I Forget How To Read?

I don’t mean literally, of course, but I am asking the question aloud because I haven’t read a full book in a year!

How on earth did this happen? I have no idea. I have many titles on my Kindle, yet they (as well as my Kindle itself) are collecting dust. I know I pledged to “read like a normal person,” and not simply inhale everything in one sitting, but I seem to have gone from one extreme to the other!

I don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions, but let me say this: I am going to get my reading swag back!

I’m going to start by finally finishing Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy, by Cassandra Clare. She initially released these stories one “chapter” per month, piece meal style. And somewhere, 2-3 parts before the end, I just trailed off. I didn’t suddenly get busy or lose interest, I just stopped reading. And then several other books were released that I had pre-ordered. They were delivered to my Kindle, where they remain.

So, I am going to get back to reading. I don’t have a number or anything, but I’m going to read regularly again. Reading is a nice escape, and now, more than ever, I think we all need that escape from the real world! I’ll check back in with everyone in a couple of months to let y’all know how things are going!

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Not Impressed with Barnes & Noble’s Pre-Order Process

McKayla Maroney is not impressed with Nook

I got an assist from Olympic gymnast, McKayla Maroney for this post. As I’ve stated before, I’m not the biggest fan of how pre-orders go down in today’s marketplace. That was reinforced Monday night, as I had to wait over 9 hours for my pre-ordered book to finally download onto my Nook Color.

When books from Cassie Clare or Veronica Roth are released (at midnight), I immediately download them and start reading. My tradition is that I don’t even go to sleep those nights. I just keep reading until I finish and then I crash. Yes, I am a binge reader.

So a wrench was thrown into my plans when midnight came and went, Tuesday, and I didn’t have Allegiant on my Nook Color. I refreshed. I logged out. I turned my device off and back on. I did everything I could think of, but the book would not download.

After an hour, I was desperate. I was able to start reading it on my desktop computer, which is so unnatural. I want to be wrapped up in blankets, in my bed, so I can get lost in the story. But noooooooo!

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I Got My Reading Swagger Back!

The_Maze_Runner_cover

It’s well documented that I was a reading machine last Spring/Summer. I tore through The Hunger Games, Divergent books #1 and #2, the 5 available Mortal Instruments books, and 2/3 of The Infernal Devices series. Whew!

And after I finished those, I wanted more! But I decided to only start series that had already had released all the books. Nothing punches me harder in the fangirl feels than having to wait an extended amount of time for a book’s release; especially when they leave you hanging with a cliffhanger. (Looking at you, Veronica Roth!)

So, I decided on The Maze Runner. One day, I went to Barnes & Noble to use their free Wi-Fi (don’t ask), and while I was there I picked up a copy, started reading, and knocked out 7 chapters. But, I wasn’t quite hooked yet, and I rarely reached for the book again in the following months. Crazy, right? It took me about a month to get into The Infernal Devices, but nothing like with The Maze Runner. I essentially took a 6 month break!

What triggered me to pick it up again? Well, it certainly wasn’t all the news about the big screen movie adaptation that is floating around. I’m purposely avoiding all of that until I finish. I have time. Don’t worry!

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Starting To Change My Reading Habits

Reading books and stuff

I’ve spent the majority of this Summer lamenting my choices in reading material. Not that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed what I’ve read, it’s just that I’ve been diving head-first into book series that aren’t yet complete.

I was spoiled by The Hunger Games trilogy, back in March. I set my goal to read the book before the first movie came out. That really meant Book 1, but I got sucked in and tore through the entire trilogy in 3 days. That was only an option because all the books had been published. That hasn’t been the case with what I’ve read since then and it’s absolutely killing me!

After The Hunger Games, I dove into the Divergent trilogy, by Veronica Roth. When I started, only book one was available, but the second book, Insurgent, was being released in a week or so. So I easily went from Book 1 to Book 2, then found out the final book in the trilogy wasn’t being released until FALL 2013!

I apparently still didn’t learn my lesson, because the next books I read was Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. Originally it was supposed to be a trilogy, but then she decided to extend the story by 3 more books. But that’s not it. She had also started writing a prequel series of sorts, called The Infernal Devices and neither set is complete!

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Evolution Of My Reading Obsession

Veronica Roth signed my books!

Remember last year when I announced my New Year’s Resolution was going to be reading more? I justified buying my Nook Color, Lula Mae, by saying it’d help me read more. Well, 2011 was slow, as I read 4 books, but that’s 4 more than I read in the past 5+ years combined! Baby steps, right?

Then 2012 came along — specifically The Hunger Games — and now I can’t stop reading! Since March, I’ve read 10 books! Yes, 10! And all of them have been read on my Nook Color! Success!

Something about the Hunger Games trilogy just sucked me in, completely. I was literally obsessed with all things Hunger Games. Still am, to a point! But then the Hunger Games fans recommended another series to me Divergent (It’s only 2/3 completed/released as of this posting). So, I devoured Divergent, and its sequel Insurgent. Fell in love again. I even drove to Cincinnati and met the author at a book signing. I can’t believe I went a book signing! Me! 2011 Suz could never have envisioned that this would have happened, but it has!

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