I love getting swept up in a book. My favorite ones are the ones that pull me in so completely that I am completely unaware of my own reality. But there has been a theme in my recent reviews, where I've noticed that I am often having trouble getting into a book from the beginning. It's been taking me 100 pages or better (if I'm lucky) to get a feel for the story enough so that I can start to become a part of it. And it's got me thinking. Maybe it's not the books. Maybe it's me.
I fell behind with my reviews when my Dad was in the hospital. Hard to read when you are all torn up in knots. Additionally, with my upcoming trip next month, I've been trying to make sure I'm prepared (both on the blog and in real life) to be out of town. So maybe I've been pushing myself a little with my reading. I'm generally a fast reader. I can usually read 200 pages in a few hours. So reading fast isn't unusual. But I've started to wonder if maybe I need to take more of a break between books. The problem doesn't seem to stem in the middle of the book, it seems to come in the beginning. So I'm thinking, maybe I need to cleanse my mental palate.
What kind of breaks do y'all take when reading? Do you sit and kind of absorb what you've read? Do you start your review immediately? Or do you finish a book and then immediately pull the next one off the shelf?
I usually do a mixture of these, depending on how I feel after reading, but as I said, I've been trying to do a lot recently because of what all is coming up. So it's possible that I haven't been giving myself enough time between books. Then again, maybe it was the books!
So what do you guys think? Is it better to take a break and cleanse your mental palate? Or can you just as easily jump into the next story?
By the way, I am hitting the road for Austin today, to hit up Austin Teen Book Festival tomorrow! I'll be tweeting live from the event, so make sure to follow @FuzzyCoffeeBks to get all the awesome live updates! Have an awesome weekend!