There are two ways to read a book:
1. You sit down, open to the first page, and don’t stop reading until you close the cover.
2. You read it in pieces, slowly digesting it over a series of days or weeks or months.
Of course there a many variations to these but everyone seems to have a preference for one or the other. I much prefer to sit down and read books non stop. I’m a binge reader at heart. Nothing pleases me more than being able to marathon a series for days on end. But university has forced me to become a pacer and I think it might be starting to influence how I enjoy my books.
When I binge read I’m swept up in the story. I’m so caught up in the characters and the plot and the feels that I barely notice time passing. It’s a very emotional experience. All that matters is what happening in that moment. Binge reading is when I’m left with the biggest book hangovers. In a very short period of time I’ve been taken on a roller coaster of emotions and I love being left aching.
Uni forces me to take breaks. I can’t waste time reading 100 pages at a time because of study. This intermittent reading makes me hyper aware of the more problematic aspects of the story. The breaks give me time to stew and reflect on the annoying aspects of the story and overall it brings my rating down. I feel like it makes me less forgiving and more of a critical reader. Where as with binge reading my evaluation is purely emotional.
I think this distinction becomes obvious in some of the reviews I write. Sometimes I make a point that the book was still great despite the fact that I didn’t get to marathon it, or that reading it in pieces really wasn’t working. Though intermittent reading does make for more critical reviews. Binge reading reviews end up looking like