Musing Mondays is hosted by MizB of Should be Reading and asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
The other day I was discussing with a friend the way in which we read books. When I was younger my goal in life was to read every book ever written, since then I’ve realised that’s not a possibility unless I were to live forever (and even then, I doubt I would manage to read everything ever published). However, I think I still have some of that mentality left over as often I read books, not to enjoy them, but so I can get on to the next one. I mean, I do enjoy them, but my primary goal for many books is not to know what’s happening, but to have another book checked off the never-ending list of books.
Of course there are exceptions, but they do not start out as such. Rather, once I start reading them, I become so immersed in the words I no longer think about reading the next book, but am fully invested in the current one. To me, these are the best books as I am able to remember why it is I want to read in the first place (and not just to pile up numbers).
Do you find yourself ever thinking of getting to the next book while you’re partway through your current read? It would be good to know my friend and I aren’t the only ones to have this mentality when reading.