Starting Books Addictions
Confession: I’m addicted to starting new books. And by new I don’t mean “omg I got a book from the bookstore/mail, I’m so excited to start reading it!” I mean a grass is always greener kind of problem. Before I start a book, I look at it and see all the possibilities. This is especially bad when the cover is beautiful and the reviews have been positive because I start madly hyping a book in my head. I mean, I seriously stared at Cinder so long that I imagined it to be THE BEST BOOK EVER. Let’s be honest, no book, no matter how good, can live up to that pressure! I’m surprised my copy of Cinder didn’t crumble from all the expectations I heaped on it, the poor thing D:
But seriously, if I wasn’t such a completionist as well (topic for another day!), I probably would never finish a book. I freaking love that feeling when you start reading the first couple of pages and you are discovering a new world and getting to know new characters. I think this is similar to my love of meeting new people and getting to know them, but having a hard time staying in long-term contact with anyone (seriously, it’s a depressing flaw). I have come to love short books even more these days specifically because I know that I will get that starting high and then not have too much more to go before I get that “yey I finished a book” feeling (also a great feeling :D). And then I can start the next one!
This also leads to my book buying addiction because I see the books on the shelves and get so excited about the idea of starting to read it that I simply must buy it! But then I get afraid that it won’t live up to expectations so I put off reading it because then I can’t be disappointed. I’m so weird right??
Please tell me you also love the beginning of books. It’s like that new relationship feeling, ya know? You don’t know the faults of the book yet, and so you can just fill in your ideals into the poor, innocent book. Once you start reading and bump into a couple of faults, it’s no longer the world’s perfect book. It might still be an amazing book, but no book is perfect right?
Do you get as excited as I do about starting a new book? Do you ever find yourself battling against finishing one book (that you might quite enjoy) versus the temptation of starting that other book that now looks so cool? Am I just freaking insane??? (The correct answer is yes, but this might not be evidence of it, hehe.)
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