A reader’s perspective of losing sleep
I’m thinking that most people remember their first. For me I was stranded in Sacramento, CA while Kim was still in Norfolk, VA. I was living in a tiny little studio apartment and to keep costs down while I was paying a mortgage and rent I opted not to have a TV or cable- just internet. I had to get pretty creative in regards to ways to entertain myself and keep the times between visits exciting and interesting. Add to that, it was the year that Sacramento actually got a ton of rain and the challenge for weekend entertainment increased. I mean who wants to get out of bed when it’s raining outside? Rain is meant for snuggling under the covers after all! But what to do when your love is all the way across the country and isn’t available to snuggle? Lose a lot of sleep, that’s what you do!
So, do you remember your first? Mine was Battlestar Galactica. I was actually searching around trying to find Modern Family without having to wait for the next Netflix disc in the mail, but it wasn’t available for streaming at the time. What I did find was Battlestar Galactica and for some reason after watching the first episode I couldn’t turn it off! I just kept watching and watching and watching losing at least a full 24 hours in the process. It just seemed impossible to stop and it was the first time that it happened to me with a television show. Since then I’ve learned this phenomenon is called “binge watching” but at the time it was a great way to kill a weekend for someone on a book budget.
So why am I talking about “binging” TV shows? Well because it was an unusual experience for me having grown up without a television. What is way more common for me is killing a weekend or even a whole day/night not being able to put down an awesome book! And our LesFic authors put out plenty that have taken many a night and forced me to go to work hung over from lack of sleep. It can almost be dangerous trying to read just one chapter before going to bed. It’s just too easy for that one chapter to turn into just one more until it is 3:00 in the morning and it’s just one more chapter until the book is done.
Then there is the other type of binge reading where you read one story by an author and you immediately run to your source of obtaining new books and order all of her other titles. Or even just dedicate a time when you read all of an author’s work back to back to back just because you’ve read them before and know they are awesome. As I’m putting all my books back on the bookshelves (after having them stuck in storage for the past four months) the process is definitely taking longer than expected as I flip through pages reading passages here and there as I relive the stories again. I’m finding that authors who grabbed my attention have gifted me with many stories all seeming to be just as good as the others.
I’m thinking the first author I binged on was Melissa Good and her characters of Dar and Kerry. I chose the first book Tropical Storm because it was long and I wanted a story that would stay with me a couple of days and not be an afternoon read. It was all that and more! When she released additional books, to get the most out of the stories I would re-read the previous stories just to catch up and reunite with the characters. Later I found Karin Kallmaker. One Christmas vacation I read all her current work in chronological order per their release date starting with In Every Port. Great fun and a wonderful way to spend a vacation with a huge variety of characters, settings and stories. I’m missing a few of the recent stories that might scare me, but I remember reading Gerri Hill’s One Summer Night and I’m pretty sure I lost some sleep over it. Since then I’ve collected her work and most recently spent a day reading Storms in one sitting. Around the same time I found Karin Kallmaker I found another Naiad author Lyn Denison and her story The Wild One. With her continued use of Australian settings and the slightly different ways of phrasing things that just had that Australian sound to them, I just couldn’t get enough of that!
So what was your first binge? Or how about what was the last lesfic author who caused you to lose sleep? Have you ever read one author’s entire work in succession just because? There are so many awesome stories out there I just wish I could get paid to snuggle up on my couch with a good lesfic story.