Lots of people have addictions: alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, gambling, shopping... The list goes on. I've decided that I have an addiction. Once I start reading a good book, or watching a good TV show, I CAN'T STOP.
I've looked it up. It appears that an addiction to reading is thought to be a way to avoid reality. Although, according to this article, I must be a functioning reading addict because I am capable of cutting back on my reading. To a certain extent.
Here's the problem. If I find a really good book, one that truly captures my attention, I don't want to stop reading it. I will read late into the night and feel exhausted the entire next day. But then do it again the following night. This goes on and on until the book is finished. UNLESS, that book is a part of a series. In which case, the story goes on until that series is finished.
I am in the middle of reading the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. (Thanks Alexa!) This past weekend, I was reading during Aiden's nap and actually got mad when it was time for him to get up because I knew I had to put the book down. It took a good 30 minutes for me to get over it.
What is wrong with me?!
This has been an issue with me since I was a kid. I remember spending a summer reading every Nancy Drew book I could find at our local library. I would ride my bike up there, check out two books, ride home and start reading. Then in a couple days, I was back up there doing it all over again. I went through this again when the Harry Potter books came out. I was all over those. And again more recently with Twilight.
I have the same problem with a really good TV series. In general, I don't watch or need TV on a regular basis. It's not like that. It's only if I find a great show. What makes that even worse is if I have the series on DVD. For example, Travis and I borrowed True Blood, Season 1 from David and Stephanie. We couldn't stop watching it. Actually, I couldn't stop watching it. The only reason I didn't watch the entire series in one night is because Travis wanted to see them too and he was ready for bed.
Anybody else have this problem? I'm thinking about starting a support group.