A Binge that’s Good for You

I’m talking about reading–but of course!

It doesn’t make you gain weight. It isn’t mindless. It can even encourage physical activity–for example, I stay on the treadmill longer if my book is really good.

For the most part, this week’s been uneventful, and that’s fine with me. I had a chance to read a lot while waiting for a doctor’s appointment (a doctor I’m not planning to go back to, because of that). I didn’t get as much writing done as I wanted, though I can’t really blame the reading for that. My fatigue’s been acting up a bit, so I did more lying around watching TV than I’d have liked.

Critter Update: On the good news front, I have not had to go back to the vet’s office–so far, my gerbil Spaz has not resumed chewing his foot, and it’s finally starting to heal.

memoryoffireWhat I’ve Been Reading: Memory of Fire, by Holly Lisle. This is the book I happily devoured last week. It’s the first in her World Gates series, a blend of contemporary and epic fantasy. And it’s so awesome, I decided to do something I can’t remember ever doing before: I immediately bought the next book in the series. Usually, I read a few other books before going back to a series, but I know a lot of people binge-read, so I figured this was the series to try it out on. These books feature likeable, relateable main characters, and they’re massive in scope and stakes: not only one world’s fate hangs in the balance, but many. These are richly-developed worlds where everyone, including the bad guys, is fascinating and even they draw sympathy. I fully expect to pick up with the third as soon as I finish with the second, The Wreck of Heaven, which I’m reading now.

Something else interesting to note: I picked up Fire for $.99, on sale. It’s not an indie book, but was published by a Big 5 company: HarperCollins. The big publishers get a lot of criticism for overpricing ebooks, and while they do run sales like this, they tend to price other ebooks at $9.99 or more–higher than the paperback version. I fully expected to find that with Wreck, and figured I’d get it from the library, as I don’t like to pay that much to greedy publishers. I was pleasantly surprised: books 2 and 3 are $4.99 and $5.99, right in line with indie fantasy novel prices. So it’s good to see that someone at a Big 5 publisher has their head out of their posterior region, and I have no problem supporting that. 😀

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: I did finish the scene started last week, but instead of revising the next two, wrote another (short) new one. So… a semi-win, I suppose. For this week, a third (very short) one is next up, then finally I plan to get back to revising the existing material. I have my writers group meeting coming up next weekend, and some other stuff going on, so I’m going to shoot for just one edited scene.

What about you–do you binge-read? Or binge-watch TV series? (I’ve never done that, either). Have you read any good books lately? And how are you doing on whatever goals you may have, whether writing or otherwise? Please share in the comments–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. The last binge reading I did with a series was Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files series. By the time I discovered the series, she already had four or five books out, so I totally devoured them. The other weekend, we binge watched the series Zoo. Interesting concept and we got through most of the first season before we got sidetracked elsewhere.

    Hope you’re feeling better this week, Jennette!

  2. I binge read all the time. Heck, when am I not reading? But I find a series I like and I’m behind in reading it? I’ll make sure I have them all then read them back to back to back. Fun!

    I also binge-watch TV series. Hubby and I sometimes record a series and will watch it once all the episodes have aired. I find I retain certain story lines better that way. Plus it’s just fun.

  3. I just binged on an old British TV show called UFO. The second season was canceled and all the new sets and spacecraft were recycled into Space: 1999, but UFO had a more accurate vision of the future. Still, it was kind of funny seeing their version of 1980 looking exactly like 1969.

  4. So glad the gerbil is doing well.

    And, I’ve got to tell you, I’ve been to the same doctor here in Vicksburg 3 times now for routine stuff (there’s nothing wrong with me) and every single time I’ve had to wait between two and a half and three hours. After complaining, I realized that this particular doctor is actually a clinic and they take walk-ins. So, what’s the point of an appointment?

    Anyway, I figured out how to avoid the wait – schedule an appointment just before closing time. Everyone wants to go home, so – no wait! Problem solved.

    Have a great week and enjoy your binge reading.

    Patricia Ricrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. Sheila, that’s what I did with this series, which is long completed. And thanks!

    Stacy, that sounds like a fun way to binge!

    TS, LOL @ 1980 looking suspiciously like 1969!

    Patricia, great way to solve the wait. And thanks!

  6. I love when I get to binge books that way. My world addiction is Pern, so I get a happy weekend of 20+ books from all the different bits to that series. 🙂
    Glad to hear your critters have rediscovered their equilibrium. I have three furbabies so I know how distracting and time consuming it is when they fall ill.
    Otherwise, I’m hoping this is the week for getting ahead of my word count goals, so that’s all I’ll say for now. 😀

  7. I’m glad to hear that Spaz is behaving himself. Do I binge read? I do if I’m not feeling well. If I have a day where I can’t get out of bed, (and you know there are days like that), then I will binge read. It’s the best way to spend the time. 🙂

  8. I’m so glad Spaz is doing better. Hooray for you writing another chapter.You go, girl!

    Yes, sometime I binge read. It’s awesome to get into a good series. Sometimes I binge watch on TV, but seldom. Don’t get to watch much TV these days. I’ll have to check out Memory of Fire. I’m happy to hear a big publisher is pricing their ebooks at a decent price. That’s good news!

  9. I never really binge watched until we got rid of cable. Go figure. Now when I want to watch something I usually check Amazon prime and then find a “free” show. Usually the show is already several seasons in and the next thing I know I’m hooked. SO hard to not click the button that says, play next episode. Much prefer binge reading. 🙂 Hope you’re having a happy week!

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