Why I don’t binge-read (like, ever)

Us book bloggers barely have time to do it all. The thousand of books we want to read, the hundred of blog posts ideas swimming in our minds, the tweets we want to put out, the conversations we want to have, the endless bookish pictures we want to take…. Needless to say that being a book blogger and, most importantly, being a book blogger takes time. And a whole lot of love for what we’re doing, too.

But let’s get back on the “reading thousand of books” problem, because we can all relate to that, right? I mean – I currently have almost 400 books on my goodreads TBR and, if that’s not much for some people, or a lot for others, I know I am constantly wondering when the heck I’ll ever read all of these books.

Yet, I keep on adding them to my TBR constantly, because I can’t help it. #bookwormproblems.

To get through more books and therefore tackling that endless TBR, many people might resort to
the binge-reading solution. Much like binge-watching a TV show you’re suddenly obsessed about, binge-reading consists, from my understanding, in reading books, loads of them, just like you’re devouring an entire season of your latest favorite TV show in a day, ignoring life, responsibilities and people screaming at you to get off the TV or your computer or whatever device you’re watching it on.

I’m not here to criticize people binge-reading, not at all, on the contrary: I admire people able to stay through an entire book without blinking, engrossed in the story for so long. I admire people tackling on these 24, 48 hours-long readathons where you have a list of books you want to get through and just do it.
Read, read, read, the entire day, on and on, turning pages, fueling with tea, coffee or energy drinks and read until you fall asleep, book on your face.

I also completely get the amazing advantages of binge-reading and of these kind of readathons. Tackling your TBR, tackling the unread books sitting on your shelves, dedicating an entire day to just reading. Getting to this series and reading the three, four, five books back to back, getting stuck in one universe for so long you have no idea what the outside world is like anymore.

It’s beautiful, really. Yet, I just like I never binge-watch TV shows (my record has to be, maybe 4 episodes in a row of a 40 minute show or something), I never binge-read books. Okay, I know, never say never, so let’s just say I’ve never done it, yet.

I never binge-read books, because I need breaks. I don’t know if that makes me a bad reader, being unable to read for one entire day, but I just, don’t. I actually enjoy taking breaks, taking my time to read a book even if I am slowly, but certainly getting obsessed with it and loving it so, very much. I like having divided reading time, whether it’s because of work, other things to do, blogging and so on. It feels even better when I get back to it after this break.

I never binge-read books either, because I rarely ever have enough unread books at hand to do so. Like, series, for instance. I never buy series in a pack or a box set, because no matter how incredible the synopsis is, I am not investing in an entire series without knowing I really loved the first book. Therefore, I never binge-read series…. well okay, there is an exception to that and I wouldn’t really call it “binge”, since it took me, with life and work and everything, two weeks to get through them, but I kind of read the Six of Crows duology in a row. That’s the only exception so far.

It’s not that I am a slow reader. I’m fairly fast, or… let’s say, average compared to the book blogging community in general. I can read one medium book a week, almost two at the moment since I am not able to go to work. I know I could read more. I know I could get through my TBR faster, get new books quicker and tackle that TBR quicker, too.

But…. I actually don’t want to read all day long.

I sometimes can’t, when I go to work obviously and have to do other things, but… on weekends, I don’t want to either. I like spending a couple hours with my book. But I also like breaks and that delicious feeling when I open my book again after twenty minutes, an hour, half a day, two days, even more when I’m on holidays, without reading at all. It feels good, it feels like stepping back into a familiar world you love.

So I’m not a binge reader, at all. I think that’s okay. I think some people are able and love to get through one day, entirely immersed into a book, or a weekend into their latest favorite TV show. I’m not one of these people and, if I might not make that dent on my TBR during that awesome readathon weekend or give myself a goal to get through a book in the next day, I’m okay with it. I still love reading my books, no matter how slow or quick I might be at reading them and that’s what matters.

Are you a binge-reader? Why, or why not? Do you do 24, 48 hours readathons? Do you like spending an entire day, just reading? (and…am I weird?) Do you buy series in box sets, even if you haven’t tried the first book yet?

What’s one book or one series you binge-read, or just couldn’t stop reading, couldn’t stop thinking of? Let me know in comments!

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98 thoughts on “Why I don’t binge-read (like, ever)

  1. Oh, this is such a great post, Marie! ❀️

    I could never do a 24 or even 48 (??) hour readathon, and I generally don’t like to binge-read, because I feel like I’d be forcing myself to read, after a certain amount time?

    I definitely prefer taking breaks, and I don’t like to do nothing else but read all day long, eitherβ€”it feels much more special, in a way, when I snuggle up in bed with a book after a long day. :’)

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    1. Oh thank you Lily, I’m so happy you enjoyed it! ❀️
      I’m with you on that, I feel like it would be forced and I wouldn’t enjoy it so much – I would rather take my time with books. And yes, agree! There’s this special feeling when you can finally have some time with your book again, I love it ahah ❀️❀️
      Thank you so much, you’re too sweet always!

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    1. Oh yes, I did not think about novellas at all – I read them rarely, so maybe that’s why ahah, but I think I’d read novellas quickly, too! Thank you so much Fadwa, I’m glad you enjoyed it! ❀️

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  2. The only book I’ve binge-read so far was The Fault in our Stars. I read it in one day, because I couldn’t put it down, but looking back I wish I spent more time in the world… Or divided the time over more days.

    I can’t really binge-read, but I don’t want to either. I read on my commute and I like the anticipation during the work day. Around 2, I get excited to go home so I can read again (it’s a long time between 2 and 5 at work haha!).

    Great post! But then again, they all are πŸ™‚

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    1. Ohhhh I get that. I couldn’t put The Fault in Our Stars down either, I really loved it. I cried a lot, too, hahaha πŸ™‚

      YES! I so agree with you on that one, I really like the anticipation, too. Nothing like knowing, after a hard day, you can finally get back to your book ❀️

      Thank you so, so much!! Aw, you’re way too sweet, thank you!! ❀️

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  3. I’m very much like this too. As much as I love reading, I need my breaks from it too. I can’t say I’ve NEVER binge read, though. When I read The Hunger Games trilogy, I definitely sat on my butt and just read (as much as I could) for like a week straight. I was in university at the time, though, so I couldn’t dedicate all my time to it. But definitely every spare minute went to reading those books, so I think maybe that would kind of count as binge reading that trilogy?? But in general, I do need to take breaks from reading. I’m not totally sure why, because honestly sometimes I just want to sit down and finish a book in one sitting, but I’m just not able to do it. My brain needs a break and something else to focus on. Not that I have time to do such things these days anyway (with a toddler) – haha!

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    1. Oh I can 100% understand that, I loved the hunger games trilogy SO much and couldn’t stop thinking about it when I read it, too. It was just SO good.

      I’m with you on that! Oh I’m so glad you get that feeling, too. Sometimes I feel like devouring a book all day long, but I just… can’t haha, I guess I don’t have it in me or something haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts!! ❀

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  4. The only time I binge-read is during Dewey’s Readathon. I’m such a slow reader that I rarely finish a whole book during Dewey’s. On a normal day, 2 hours is about my limit for a reading session. I try to read for 2 hours after work and 2 hours before bed. If the book is good, I can do that pretty easily.

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    1. I have to admit that I googled that readathon and wow, well you’re already doing SO great to just do this kind of readathon haha. Just the idea scares me for some reason haha πŸ™‚
      I think I’m the same way as you are – when I’m at work I tend to read, total, 2 hours per day (break and commute) and when I’m home I can maybe read a bit more when I’m really into it, but I don’t read all day long haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!! ❀

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  5. This is a great post!! I completely understand your want to take breaks and savor the reading experience. Even though I’ve been known to read whole books in a single sitting, I usually can’t do this, simply because I can’t focus on a single task for that long! Also there’s work and school and other life things, I guess. This was a very well written post – thanks for sharing it!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, I’m so happy you liked it! ❀️
      I agree, there are just so many things to do, sometimes we can’t sit down and read all day and, even when I can, I like to take breaks and really savour the book πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, I’m so happy you liked it! ❀️❀️
      24 hours readathon always feel so cool, and so strange as well… I mean, I couldn’t read for that long hahaha, even with breaks, I think I’d get bothered hahaha.

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  6. I don’t think it’s bad that you don’t binge read. I think everyone needs to read what they love when they’re feeling it. That’s what reading is all about. I binge, but it’s not that I’m trying to binge — unless you count series binges because I do like to read an entire series if I have the time and all of the books are out. That’s basically so I can remember what’s going on in the series, though. Too much time in between and I’m lost. LOL
    Great topic!

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    1. Oh I 200% get that haha – I sometimes get a bit sad that I can’t binge read series. I like breaks in between, but sometimes when I get back to it all, I am completely lost and… I don’t feel that good hahahaha.
      Thank you so much!! ❀️

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  7. I’ve seen booktubers talking about doing reading marathons but I’ve not watched any of those actual videos or joined in with their marathon read-along events. They look… insane. Interesting but insane. I’m all for sitting and finishing a book in one go, with the emphasis on it being **A** book, as in, just the one, but doing the same for multiple books in one go? Nope.

    I used to be able to binge read so easily as a child and as a teenager, but those days are gone. Now, I tend to need a break between each one. I need to sit and think about what I’ve read, or talk to someone, or go move about, or get something to eat and/or drink, or go watch something. Even a short break of one hour would do.

    Also, my TBR consists of the majority of the books on my shelves, which is almost 300, so I’d much rather take my time and make my way through them at a comfortable pace. Less temptation to go book-shopping yet again.

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    1. I understand what you mean, I am the same way: I really like to take a little break between each read, even if it’s just an hour, and not to jump into the next read right away. I like to think about what I’ve read and get over it, in a way, before jumping into something new πŸ™‚

      Oh wow, that is a lot of books! Well you won’t run out of books to read anytime soon, so that’s great πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic! ❀️

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  8. Interesting post! For me it really depends on the book. Sometimes I like breaks. It allows me to process what I just read. For this reason I also take breaks between books. When I finish a book, I only start a new one the next day. Sometimes I skip more days. Because I totally agree that it feels good to come back after a few days not reading! But I can’t be kept away from my books too long…. When a book is really exciting, I love to finish it in one day. It feels so good to be completely absorbed by the story!

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m so happy you enjoyed it! ❀
      I get that, sometimes there are books that are so good, you just want to read on and on and on! πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic! πŸ˜€

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  9. I’m not really a binge-reader, either. I mean, I could sit for probably an hour or so and read, but I can’t do those 24 or 48 hour readathons. I have too many other things to do, work, stuff around the house. Plus I need to give my eyes a break. Sometimes I use reading as a reward, like if I clean the bathroom then I can read a couple chapters!

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    1. Ohh that’s such a fantastic idea, I tend to do that too! As soon as I’m done with some obligatory, boring thing to do, I can reward myself with reading a little bit and it’s so good haha πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment Angela! ❀

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  10. I’ve read series back to back, but I didn’t read them non-step, and in that case, I get the books from the library. I don’t own full series unless I’ve read them all already, or read most of them and know I want them all. But in general, I’m not much of a binge reader. I guess I could read one book for a certain amount of hours, but it’s not something I can do all day long, and I don’t read a ton every single day of my life. It just depends. I love reading, but I have other things my life to do too! I like the idea of a read-a-thons, but unless it’s a graphic novel, I doubt I’m going to read more than one or (maybe!!) two books in that time period. lol But that’s okay! I’m also not a binge watcher – I can probably read non-stop longer than I can watch TV non-stop. I just get distracted when a show has been on for a while. I kind of wish I could binge watch here and there because there are so many shows I want to actually watch and I just don’t have the time because it would take forever!! haha

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Oh I’m the same way, if it’s not graphic novels, I doubt I’d be able to read tons of books back to back either for readathons πŸ™‚
      I’m glad I’m not the only one! I’m not a binge reader, or a binge watcher, I like watching two, three episodes in a row sometimes but not all day long, I like breaks haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Lauren! ❀

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  11. I’m completely with you: I don’t understand how someone can buy a whole box set when they haven’t even read the first book yet! For the vast majority of the books on my shelf, I didn’t buy them until I read them (that’s why I’m so ‘behind’ by blogging standards; I like to get my books from the library first) because it’s such an investment and if you end up hating it, then you have these books to get rid of! I just don’t need that kind of stress in my life πŸ™‚ Sometimes I will go on a binge but usually those days are few and far between. I also need breaks between books (even if it’s like 4 hours) so if I end up doing a binge day, it won’t be a true binge day because I’ll take an hour between each book to write my review and then probably another two hours to watch a movie or something.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling this way! even if I have a feeling that I will love this series and even if I end up really loving it, I just… I don’t buy box sets like that haha πŸ™‚
      That’s so great that you have a library to get your books from before, I would totally do that too if I could πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic πŸ˜€

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  12. Okay same! The only time I ever really do is if I’m reading on a plane and have nothing else to do. I tend to find if I binge read, I rate books lower. I don’t know why, I think because I don’t have time to get emerged in the writing and the story. I tend to like to space my reading out over three or four days, which means I read less but I tend to enjoy the books more

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    1. That’s actually such a good argument, I don’t know why I didn’t think of that, but it happens to me, too! I rarely ever read a book in one go, but when I read one really quickly, sometimes I feel like I have less time to… properly absorb it all and get immersed into the story if that makes any sense, and sometimes enjoy it less, too.
      thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! πŸ˜€

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  13. I love this post, Marie! I am a bit of both I think. I definitely have been known to binge an entire book in one afternoon or evening when it completely sucks me in, but I have found that when I formalize it as an expectation (ie. readathons or planning to read all weekend) I wind up hating it and want to do anything but! There’s something about my psyche that if I plan on doing it, my brain wants to reject it and do anything else… regardless of how good the book is. I prefer to go with the flow!

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    1. Oh I get that – I feel like I’m a little bit the same, just the idea of “having to” read all day long to do that readathon or something…. don’t appeal to me at all haha and I feel like I’d end up hating it. I prefer taking my time with it all πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment! ❀

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  14. Yes to all of this Usually my idea of binge reading is very different from the 24-hour readathon type. When I binge read I tend to mean I will read a series before going on to the next book. However, when I’m making that commitment I need breaks and lots of them, and usually, I go months without picking up the next book and basically fail ar “binge reading” cause my mood reading tendencies just don’t allow it.

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    1. I get that completely – sometimes I think that I could or really would like to binge read a series, but I end up picking something else anyway, because…. well, mooood haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment Lois πŸ˜€

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  15. Huh. For me it really depends on the book. If it’s well written and i love it, then yes, I binge so hard. There was also a couple months in college when I didn’t have a lot of access to fiction, which made me crave books. When my roommate let me read her copy of Everything, Everything I did not leave the bed for hours.
    But there are times when it feels forced. I’m reading Daughter Of Smoke and Bone, finally. I’m trying to get it done in order to write a post about it tomorrow, but I haven’t really savored it. I’ve noticed gaping flaws in the writing flow, and i think that reading it faster is making it seem worse.

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    1. Oh I can understand that, once you haven’t been able to read for a while, all you want to do is read, read, read and reaaaaad haha πŸ˜€
      I’m sorry you didn’t really enjoy it :/ I get what you mean, though, I read that one a little while ago and it felt confusing at times, even if I didn’t binge read it haha.
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic πŸ˜€

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  16. I tried a 24-hr readathon recently, but I think I was only somewhat successful at it because I did actually take breaks. I used to be able to binge-read in college and read at least a book a night on weekends (I was not always very social and I could read really fast, lol), but now, I’m totally with you on needing to take breaks. I just get antsy sitting and reading and doing nothing else. I wish I could still have some good binge reading evenings, but I haven’t really been able to for a few years now.

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    1. A book a night? Wow, you were on fire haha, that’s great! πŸ˜€
      I understand your feelings, that’s EXACTLY me, too. I kind of can’t stay hours and hours reading, even if I am loving the book, I need to switch things up every now and then haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment, Mel! ❀

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  17. Great post, Marie! πŸ™‚ I’m not really a binge reader either. I have read books in one day, but I would take breaks throughout the day to do other things too. That’s about as close to binge reading as I get. But I don’t do that often, because I don’t always want to read either. I’ll read maybe an hour or so before bed and maybe sometimes on the weekend. But I don’t think I could constantly be reading books even if I love them so much. I need breaks and I get distracted easily.

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  18. It’s totally okay to not be a binge-reader! When I love a book very much, I can stay on the couch until my butt falls asleep, haha! But most of the time, life doesn’t allow me to read in one sitting, and I think it’s for the best. I don’t want to read for the sake of reading, for the stats, for any reason. I admire people who can do readathons, cos I can’t! These days I’ve been a bit forced to read faster because of my Kindle dying and therefore having to catch up for tours in time for my day, but the faster I read, the faster I’ll forget a novel.

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    1. I’m with you on that, so, very much. I will admit that I get stressed out with statistics and having to read so many books, sometimes, but it’s just wrong and I hate that feeling. I dont’ want to be reading for the stats, I want to appreciate books and take my time with them, too πŸ™‚
      Oh no!! I’m sorry to hear about your Kindle dying that’s too bad! 😦 I hope you’ll be able to get a new one soon ❀ ❀
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts my sweechie!! ❀

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  19. I love this post, Marie! I feel you 100%. πŸ™‚ I also love taking my time getting through a book or series, and just savoring when I get to read it, and I also can’t spend solid hours reading books on repeat, I need breaks, too. XD However, there are times when I choose a book to read before bed and it ends up being so good that I stay up into the wee hours of morning because I can’t put it down.πŸ™ˆThat’s about the extent of my binge reading though, haha.

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    1. Oh thank you so much Olivia, you’re so sweet ❀
      Hahaha, it's so strange, it's something that has never happened to me, reading late into the night – somehow I feel too tired to continue anyway haha and I want to be alert while reading, you know, in case I miss something hahaha. πŸ™ˆ

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  20. I am so glad to see your post because I am not a binge reader either. At most, I can read one book a week, but sometimes not even. I like to take my time, but I also can’t read all the time like you. Besides the usual obligations, I need to move around and have a bit of a social life.

    So I totally get it and I am not criticizing those who binge read either. I envy them sometimes, but I just can’t be that way. And I also think, for me, the enjoyment of reading, separate from finishing a book and blogging about it, is a big part of the experience.

    Great post!

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    1. Oh I’m glad you enjoyed this post and could relate, and thank you so much for your comment! ❀
      I get what you mean – we all have obligations and can't read all the time and… honestly even if I could, I don't know if I'd do it. I like doing other things, too, haha and I think I might get sick of it if I did it too often haha πŸ™‚
      We're all different and that's the beauty of it all, too πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! ❀

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  21. Wonderful post as always, Marie! πŸ’— You’re definitely not weird (not that there’s anything wrong with being weird πŸ˜‚), I can relate to this a lot! I don’t usually binge read books either (with the exception of my favorite series, Percy Jackson haha, and even then I haven’t read this series in forever). And there have only been a couple books that I’ve read all in one sitting; otherwise, I read books over a long period of time – I consider myself an ‘average’ reader too! Haha but even though I don’t really binge read books, I definitely binge watch TV shows! πŸ˜‚ The most recent one I marathoned was The Good Place and as you know, I absolutely loved it. 😍 Great discussion!! ❀️

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    1. Oh thank you Dezzy, I’m so glad you enjoyed it ❀️
      I’m happy to hear you’re a bit like me – there are some books I certainly wanted to binge-read, but I also like to take my time with them all and just, savour them haha πŸ™‚
      AHH YES. The Good Place. I LOVE THIS SHOW SOOOOOO MUCH, I’m so happy you do too! ❀️

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  22. I have read books in a single sitting. But I can’t binge read books. If I finish a book in a day, I need a couple of days to recover.
    And I think it’s nice to take breaks between reading, as a book blogger. I think it makes it easier to analyse it.
    But I always fail to do that, and I end up with jumbled thoughts lol. 😁

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    1. I’m the same way – I like to take a bit of time to recover from a book… especially when it was great, I need to think about it over and over for a couple of hours at least haha.
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic!! πŸ˜€

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  23. I am NOT a binge-reader at all, so you are not alone πŸ˜€ I too can’t dedicate my whole day to just reading. Surely, I love reading but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have to work on other things. I like to watch shows, talk with my family, go outside, among other things. But I really appreciate how people do such 24-48 hours readathons and how they can finish a single book within 3-4 hours. That’s really amazing.
    But yes, I am not ashamed and I am okay with the amount of books I read πŸ™‚

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  24. Personally, I don’t believe that a reader is defined by how much they read or how fast they read it. I’ve only started reading a lot within the past 5 months, I probably haven’t read this much since I was 13 πŸ˜‚, but in the periods of time when I wasn’t reading so much I still considered myself a hardcore bookworm. Right now, I’ve been binge-reading a lot, because I feel the pressure of trying to catch up on all the books ever. but I do occasionally take breaks, because I need time to breathe πŸ˜‚.

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    1. I’m definitely with you on that! It’s not the amount of books we read that define us as a reader, it’s just the fact that we love books πŸ˜€
      Hahaha, I get that, when you haven’t read on for a while, you feel like there’s so much to catch up on, I get that feeling too haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you for your comment Chana!! ❀

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  25. When it comes to binge reading I guess I could say I half binge read. I’ve never tried doing a 24 or 48 hour readathon (although I’m not going to lie I would kind of be interested in attempting one, I want to try a readathon at some point and maybe one of those will be one I can actually succeed at), but when I fall in love with a series I will read all the other books in the series that have been released, and then I will read everything that author has released. πŸ™‚
    I get the whole needing breaks thing though, sometimes when it comes to read I need breaks too. I can binge watch TV shows because most of the time I just have them on in the background and I’m doing something on my laptop or reading so the TV show becomes background noise, it’s kind of hard to do that with books, though maybe one day I’ll be tempted to try! πŸ˜€
    Great post Marie. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. I think it’s so great that you tend to binge everything an author writes right away! I really want to do that sometimes, but…. I don’t know, I somehow can’t bring myself to do so and find myself reading other books instead haha. Mood reading I guess πŸ˜›
      Thank you so, so much Beth, I’m so happy you liked it ❀

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  26. Oooh, this post was fun! I haven’t binge read a series (yet) but I have binge read books, not really in one sitting, but there might have been one or two books I read in one day. I know Bone Gap was one of these! You have such a good point about taking your time and savoring a book. I totally admire people who can read for 24 hours straight. My winter break is coming up soon, and even with all the time I have then, I don’t think I’ll binge read then either.

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    1. Aww thank you, I’m so happy you enjoyed it πŸ™‚
      And Bone Gap ahh this book was so good (a little weird to read, too, but so good!), I get why you read it quicky!
      I admire people able to read for so long as well, I couldn’t do it haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Madeline! ❀

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  27. I don’t binge either! I just can’t concentrate for that long. No matter how great a book is, I will find my attention wandering. I do attempt the 24-hour readathons occasionally but I never hit the full time because I need to take breaks! Great post ☺

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  28. Thank you for sharing your perspective on this!! Personally I find that spending a few hours reading a book can be really refreshing as it reminds me of a few years ago when it was the norm for me; I disliked reading in short bursts, and preferred devoting a few hours to a book at a time. Nowadays I’m more likely to read in short bursts, such as a chapter before bed, but this is more due to a busier schedule, school, etc. If I had loads of time, I’d definitely prefer to read more often. But the most I’d do is one book in a sitting for sure! Any more and I think my head would explode, also one book filled with emotional angst is enough to fill my head with thoughts for a week or longer, and too many thoughts in my head can be a bad thing.

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    1. Oh I get what you mean, we’re all busy and when we can finally dedicate more than just time for one chapter of a book, it feels so good, too πŸ˜€
      I couldn’t read more than one book in a row either haha, I always need a little bit to get over my current read πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! ❀

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  29. As much as I love reading I definitely can’t spend all day doing it because there’s no way I could concentrate on one thing for that long πŸ˜‚ I have read certain books in one sitting, but they’ve been relatively short and are normally contemporaries or thrillers so I don’t need to immerse myself in a ton of world building or anything. I haven’t binge read anything except The Raven Cycle series and even then that was like over a week haha. I think not being able to binge read is why I’m so bad at reading series in general because I feel like I can’t be in the same world too long because I just get so distracted. Great post, Marie!

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    1. I’m the same way, I just can’t focus for too long on one thing πŸ˜‚ and I get needing breaks with series – even if I love a world so, very very much, I tend to want to take breaks, to reunite with it later on and love it even more, if that makes any sense, haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts Lauren! ❀

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  30. Lovely post, Marie! I completely agree! While I don’t mind occasionally binge reading a book if I have no other obligations prior commitments, I definitely like to have my breaks. I would never be able to do those 24-48 hour readathons. Hahaha

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  31. The reason I absolutely love you posting about this is fairly simple: it shows people that you don’t have to read all the darn time and fly through your books. You don’t have to be constantly reading.

    I know it’s easy to get the feeling others do just that – seriously, I know *I* give people that feeling sometimes – but nothing’s less true. Sure, there are people who breath books and seem to never stop reading but that isn’t even true most of the time. Yet the IMAGE they have and how they APPEAR to read so much all the time is what “pressures” others into thinking they should be doing the same thing.
    Following that is, of course, the guilt you feel when you’re not reading because *you should be to be a valid reader*. Ugh.

    So not true, all of that. And your post proves that. It proves and shows it’s okay not to read all the time and only read when you feel like it. To treasure your reading time and picking up a book when and if you feel like it. There’s nothing wrong with that AT ALL.

    So yay you for posting about this. I definitely hope it helps some people see they shouldn’t read all the time and feel less guilty about the time they don’t spend reading. It’s more than fine to have other hobbies, other occupations, to take breaks, to do anything else but reading. ❀

    *Quite jealous I didn't think of writing about this, haha!*

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    1. Kathy 😭❀ thank you so, so, so much for sharing your thoughts and for writing such a thoughtful comment, I’m so glad you enjoyed this post so much ❀

      I completely agree with you! There’s this pressure coming from ourselves, when we see people reading a lot and a lot of books, at the same time, in a month, in a year, that… well, somehow, just makes us feel like we’re not doing enough. And it’s really untrue, because we all have our own pace and it’s okay to take breaks, too, and it doesn’t make us less of a bookworm. ❀

      THANK YOU so much, I’m so happy you enjoyed it, you’re the sweetest with your awesome comments ❀

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    1. I’m glad to hear that! I like breaks to do something else ahah, to leave my book for a little while and only to come back to it even more excited about reading πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment Norrie! ❀

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  32. I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR DISCUSSION POSTS SO MUCH i cant even tell you. i feel you so much on the ‘having a million books and still adding more to your tbr,’ its really a never ending cycle

    but i love this post so much. i’m a pretty big binge reader (mainly for contemporaries though, i have a harder time staying as focused with fantasies) but I STILL relate to your description of how you like to take breaks and its almost like youre rejuvenating your love for that book while away.

    i’ve been trying to keep that mindset for when i ‘have’ to engage in life when all i want to be doing is reading πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ it does make the book sweeter to return to.

    i love how we’re all readers and we all have unique reading techniques, it warms my heart to see how special this community is. but OKAY hard agree with not wanting to buy box sets. it terrifies me even to get a whole series from the library at once bc WHAT IF I REALLY DONT LIKE THE FIRST BOOK!!!

    i love love love this post ❀❀❀❀

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    1. AHHH MAY YOU SWEETHEART you’re way too sweeet thank you 😭❀️

      I get that – I feel like I’m reading contemporaries quicker than fantasy books, too, there’s something about them that’s more… bingeable, somehow haha. And YES, after a little while away, even if it’s just like, an hour, it’s so good to get back to it πŸ˜€

      I’m so glad to hear that haha, box sets just terrify me, the pressure to love them all is even BIGGER AND AHHHH I can’t handle it haha.
      THANK YOU SO MUCH 😭❀️

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  33. I’m exactly the same!! I’ve tried binge reading plenty of times but can never do it properly because if I read all day my brain turns to mush and just ends up not taking in any information. And that’s not good for reading because I’ll end up not enjoying what I’m reading.

    Even when I join in with readathons, I always go for the more low-pressure ones where it doesn’t matter how many books I read, as long as I actually read. I don’t need that kind of pressure in my life πŸ˜‚

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    1. AHHH, I’m so happy to hear that! It’s exactly what happens to me, too – my brain somehow turns off and I need a break every now and then, otherwise, well… I’m just getting bothered haha πŸ™‚

      I’m glad you’re feeling the same way, agree, we don’t need that pressure at all hahaha.
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Louise! ❀

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  34. Ah yes! I remember a time where I would binge-read all the time. But now not so much. Like you I could if I want but I just can’t read all day. Between work and errands, I have a family Id like to spend time with. My hubs work schedule is all over the place sometimes, he works 12hrs shifts 3 days in a row other times 24hrs. It really depends and so when he’s off we hang out with each other, which means no time for reading.
    You’re definitely not weird at all. Now buying series in the box set I am guilty of. And yes even if I haven’t read the first book, I’ll still get it because I usually fall for the prettiness of it. πŸ˜‚ The last series I binge-read was Twilight. I read them all in a week.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend. πŸ’‹ xoxo
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    1. It’s funny how life changes and gets in the way and all the responsibilities of it all prevent us from binge reading too. Even if I could, though, I don’t think I would – I like the anticipation, too πŸ˜€
      Ohh that I can understand, I’m always resisting prettiness, but some boxes are way too gorgeous! πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so, so much Helena, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend as well xxx

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  35. I love binge-reading! And more often than not it’s not my choice….

    I just pick up a book and start reading and bam it’s been 4 hours and I’m done with the book like how even? I literally threaten myself to take it slow with some books since I want them to last but still before I know it they’re gone 😦

    It does help with the TBR though but certainly puts a backlash on my schoolwork…. Whoops!

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    1. Hahaha, I find that awesome how you can find yourself so immersed into your book that you just can’t stop reading, that’s amazing. I tend to be distracted too easily sometimes hahaha πŸ™‚
      But yay, at least you’re tackling the TBR and that’s SO GREAT. πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Charvi! ❀

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  36. Great post, Marie. πŸ’• I would say I do both! I typically try to reserve around 30-45 minutes each day to read before bed, so my reading is well balanced and paced out with everything else in my life. But! When I have a huge wave of exams or a lot going on, I rarely have time to read, so the second that everything is over, I immerse myself in just finishing the books I’ve been dying to read. Last winter, I finished my final exams and binged The Infernal Devices trilogy in 3 days (1 day for each book!) I was super desperate to finish it that I started reading while walking on a treadmill because I realized I wasn’t getting any physical activity done. Last spring, I had a week break from college, and I binged the Throne of Glass series! πŸ˜…I’m so much more aware of it now after this post. πŸ™ˆ I usually don’t binge read unless it’s a series I really want to finish before another pressing committment that will take up more time, but it’s also a nice? feeling to be able to focus soley on the story. It’s so interesting to hear how other people read! Hope you’re having a lovely day!! I haven’t been able to blog hop that much lately, but it’s always nice to read your posts πŸ˜„

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    1. Oh thank you so much for your sweet comment Tiffany! πŸ’– I hope you’ve been well πŸ’–
      Ahah I get that – after a while without reading, it feels so good to jump back into a book, I get that feeling so much haha πŸ˜€ and yes – if I don’t usually binge read anything, I get how cool it must be to stay in that same world for so long πŸ’–

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  37. Wonderful post, Marie, and one I wholeheartedly agree with and relate to! I don’t participate in those time-based readathons that challenge you to read for 24 hours or 48 hours, because they’re just not fun to me. I, too, need breaks to fully absorb a book and immerse myself in it. If I read it too quickly, I find I don’t even enjoy it much!

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    1. Oh thank you so much Aimal, I’m so happy you liked it πŸ’–
      I agree with you – I like taking a bit of time to fully immerse myself into a story, when I read too quickly, I don’t enjoy it that much and it doesn’t have the same effect on me, either πŸ™‚

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  38. Hmmm, for me, binge-reading is reading an entire series of books without reading anything else, but there’s no time constraint. I’m a busy mom and author, so I don’t have 24 or 48 hours JUST to read. That’s impossible. I’m almost 43 years old, and I associate that practice with being in my 20s when I didn’t have all these responsibilities heaped on me (trust me, I wish I could go back in time some days). But you know, there are a lot of times that I just want to spend time with characters or fictional places I know and love in the spare moments I get to read. So I may spend a month reading only within a series or only books by one author. Because if I get that precious hour to read at night, that’s who/where/what I want to spend that time with. ❀

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    1. That’s a great definition of binge reading, too! πŸ™‚ Haha I would never have 24 hours just to read, either, I don’t think we all have that, it’s a luxury, but taking as much time as you can in a day to read would work for these challenges. I couldn’t do it though, I mean, even if I love reading, I couldn’t read all day like that, even with small breaks. I like doing other things too haha πŸ™‚
      You’re so right, it feels so good to get a little moment again with our books whenever we can, I love that feeling, too πŸ™‚

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  39. I’m not a binge read either. I got bored easily and reading books after books without a break, or being in the same story for too long can get me into a reading slump- which is counter productive to the initial goal πŸ˜€ That’s why I rarely do readathon, and NEVER does the 24 or 48 hour ones. It’s just too much for me!

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    1. Agree! It’s not that I get bored, exactly, it’s just that I feel like I need to take breaks to enjoy my readin a bit better, too πŸ™‚ I couldn’t do readathons either, they would be way to much for me, too! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment!! ❀

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  40. I RELATE SO MUCH TO THIS POST. Like I LOVE reading (obviously), but I can’t read for long hours at a time. I need to take breaks, and I enjoy taking breaks. I have a lot of different hobbies, so I like devoting my time to piano/guitar/art/pilates as well. I tried doing the 24-in-48 readathon a few months ago and read 13 hours across the weekend, and I felt quite burned out afterwards. I just can’t read for long hours at a time, and I like taking breaks! THANKS FOR THIS POST. ❀

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    1. I’m so happy you can relate to this! ❀️ I admire people who can read for so long and, just… not get burned out afterwards, I would be so bothered after a while, haha. I also love taking breaks, just allows me to take in the whole book better and I love that πŸ™‚
      Thank YOU so much for your sweet comment Kyra!! ❀

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