I just can’t get enough!

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.

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18 thoughts on “I just can’t get enough!

  1. Definitely go on reading binges! Sometimes I do it with a series- Melissa Brayden’s Soho series or Fletcher Delancey’s Alsea series, and sometimes I just go from book to book by an author until I realize I’ve read them all- Rachel Spangler, Karis Walsh, JLee Meyer, Jae, Yolanda Wallace, to name a few…I’ve never tried chronological order but that’s a great idea! There are also some newer authors who have only a few books out and I can’t wait until they have a weekend’s worth, Julie Blair, Catherine Lane.

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    1. I love the author’s that you binge on! And the series- Fletcher Delancey was dancing there with the ending of Producer’s Challenge and not having Warrior’s Challenge yet available! But I like that, “a weekend’s worth”. Thanks for reading!

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  2. My first binge read was Good’s Dar and Kerry series as well. I quickly followed up with Radclyffe’s Provincetown and Honor series. I had newly discovered lebian fanfic sites and could not get enough of the stuff. Thanks for the memories.

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  3. Yes, without TV ( which I do not miss at all) I lose a lot of sleep, too, with binge reading. The last title that kept me awake unti 3:00 am was Caren Werlinger’s Turning for Home; an intense, powerful book.
    I have not read Tropical Storm, but I think I will correct that by getting a copy today. I hear it is a classic. 🙂
    Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. TV is definitely over rated when a book can keep you company for a couple of hours! I’m totally there with you on that one! I have heard wonderful things about Caren Werlinger and will have to pick up a copy of her work soon! Thanks for reading!

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  4. I couldn’t go to bed a couple of nights ago until I’d finished “A Small Country About to Vanish,” by Victoria Avilan. Well-written, interesting novel dealing with love and (Israeli) politics. When I finally put it down, I saw that I’d received a text from someone just then who said she couldn’t go to bed without putting down my novel, “Along Came the Rain.” We writers keep each other up at night!

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    1. Alison your story is awesome! And if for some reason a reader IS able to put it down then they have more will power than I do!! And it is one of those stories that just sits in your thoughts for days!! Loved it!

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  5. Binged on JM Redman’s Micky Knight, Claire McNab’s Carol Ashton series. I distinctly remember feeling like I finally belonged while reading those books. After that, Karin Kallmaker and a few years later binged on Ali Vali’s Casey Cain. I owe much of my being comfortable in my own skin to those authors.

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  6. Oh, several binges … I also go in chronological order (almost always!) …. Forrest’s Kate Delafield series, I too loved Lyn Denison and Penny Hays (back in the day). ANYONE who wrote more than one or two books in the 90’s … Claire McNab, read several of her series’ … Kept me up … well I’ve had some keep me thinking about them. I read, reread again and again and again Lynn Galli’s “Blessed Twice”. Hmmm, who did I just have to finish? Cari Hunter’s Snowbound (really ALL of her novels, I think), Sarah Dreher’s Stoner McTavish. Good binging!

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  7. When I discover a new author I like I get everything I can by them. Radclyffe’s Honor series was my first and then Providence and Justice Series. Lynn Galli’s, Ali Vali, Jae, L.L. Raand are excellent to binge read. Just had to re-read Jae’s Backwards to Oregon and Hidden Truths. What’s funny is even though I re-read I still end up staying up til 2 or 3 am. I also just discovered Fletcher Delancey not to long ago!! Went and found her fanfic and read straight through and I’m eagerly anticipating new books in the Alsea series! Ok now I have to go re-read Caphenon! When a new book that is in an existing series comes out I always re-read the entire series. I just can’t not do it! It builds the characters back up in my mind and I just love spending time with them. I think I have almost every book by Karin Kallmaker. I didn’t read them in chronological order though. Havent read Melissa Good but will check her out! 🙂 Always love to find new authors. Thanks so much Erin! 🙂

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    1. Jae’s Backwards to Oregon series is wonderful! I love the detail and how she builds the story, the character and just drops you into the back of their wagon on this incredibly journey. She made it impossible to NOT fall in love with Luke!

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  8. What a delightful post and such great memories it elicits from all of us. Let me see. I would have to say, KVF’s books…any and ll of then. Then Clair Mcnab, Stoner McTavish, Lee Lynch, anything Naiad, (am I dating myself?) later Jae, Lori L. Lake!, Karin Kallmaker, Radclyffe and the rest I couldn’t afford to start before or didn’t know about. What awesome company they have kept me,

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  9. Finding the Naiad symbol on the spine of the books was one of the ways I chose my book purchases so I totally get anything by Naiad! I still remember breaking away from that and reading one of Lori L Lake’s books. I immediately contacted her and told her how awesome it was!! Great list of binge worthy authors you have there!!

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  10. Erin, I wish I could say I was sorry that I kept you up at night. But I’m not in the least bit sorry. *g*

    I binged on Ellen Hart and Katherine Forrest and Jean Redmann – and all the Stoner McTavish books. Hours of sleep I don’t regret losing in the least.

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