Let’s Talk with Karla Brandenburg

Binging. Cookies or books?

By Karla Brandenburg

CookiesI like my food fresh, as in not days old. And for those things that I enjoy eating, I have a tendency to overeat, because they are better fresh (and not days old). Take chocolate chip cookies, for instance. My patient husband does not understand how I can buy a bag of 18 cookies from the grocery store bakery and they don’t last more than 2-3 days. For this reason, I try not to have chocolate chip cookies in the house very often. I’m a cookie-holic. Like the old potato chip commercial. I can’t eat just one. And then there’s the thought that if you let “it” (whatever it is) sit for a couple of days, it loses flavor. Or texture. The exception to that rule is Italian food. Not sure what it is, but the longer Italian food sits (within reason), the more the flavors mingle together. Yes, Italian food is often better a day or two later.

Reading is kind of like chocolate chip cookies for me. Another thing my patient husband doesn’t understand. I almost always finish a book the same day or the next day. His argument is that I should savor it, not rush through it, but if it’s a good book, I want to devour it (just like those poor cookies). Certainly I have enough books lined up on my Kindle that I can afford to binge read, and reading isn’t fattening (well, except for the part where I’m not out exercising instead of reading). Like food, if the book isn’t as appealing, I don’t mind having it sitting around for a few days, and I’m not running to finish it right away. That’s not always a bad thing. And yes, some books should be savored.

I’m on Goodreads, and the last couple of years I’ve set reading goals. It’s just a wild guess at how many books I think I’ll read. Last year, I didn’t meet my goal (which was somewhat ambitious). This year, I’m WAY over my goal (making up for those I didn’t read last year, I guess). Or maybe I’ve been lucky enough to find some really fun books this year. The more “good” books I read, the more I want to read. When I read a couple of duds, it tends to turn me off for a while (and I know I read more duds last year than I have this year).

Are you a voracious reader? Do you devour them in one sitting (or two?) or do you prefer to take your time so you can prolong your enjoyment? Maybe you’re the type that can read more than one story at a time. Leave me a comment, and a winner will be chosen randomly to add my newest e-book release, RISING MIST, to your TBR pile.