Happy Sunday everyone! We’ve had so much rain lately, but caught a dry spell for the weekend so took the girls camping. Maybe more on that soon?
I don’t have a segue into today’s post, so let’s just get into it!
The other day I finished a book (How Children Succeed) and at that particular time I was with Cara while she was napping. Because I wasn’t sleeping but I was stuck under the sleeping baby, I immediately started another book (Annihilation).
How Children Succeed is a nonfiction study about…how children succeed. The book is extremely fact-based and there were many technical case studies included. It was a fascinating read–one that I often had trouble putting down. Annihilation is a thriller (some would say horror) that has the reader guessing way past the end of the book. To say that these two books are different is a huge understatement.
As soon as I finished the prologue to Annihilation, I started to feel as though I didn’t give How Children Succeed enough breathing time. I didn’t end the book and let my mind really absorb what I had read. Sure I read the book over weeks’ time and highlighted many many passages and took a few notes, but I literally gave myself the two minutes while Annihilation downloaded to let it all sink in.
I put Annihilation down, but of course all I could think about now was the biologist and the creepy Area X. How Children Succeed was far from my brain at this point. I was bound and determined to give How Children Succeed more time in my head, so I did what I do too often these days and played Two Dots while Cara continued to nap.
How much time do you usually give a book to rest inside your head before starting a new book?
It’s rare that I finish a book and immediately pick up another. Though there are times lately when I can go days or weeks without reading anything substantial. In the olden days of my book blogging, I wouldn’t start a new book until I had written up a post about what I had just finished. This was a great way to get all of my thoughts out while the book was still fresh in my mind. It made me focus on what I had consumed.
These days I post about books willy nilly and as a result I’m not sure that what I read sticks with me quite as much as it used to. I think the days of blogging about a book immediately after finishing it are long gone (I also used to mentally draft things I wanted to write while reading the book…but then three kids happened), but maybe I owe it to my reading to give each book a little more space. At least 30 minutes of mental bookish meditation?
Who am I kidding–too many books, not enough time. On to the next!
Discuss: Do you have an “I just finished this book” process? Do you immediately move on to the next book or do you try to give each a bit of brain space? Or does it all depend on the book? (we all know about the very real book hangover!).
Normally at the end of these posts I share what’s new in my reading world. Not much has changed since my last update, except I did indeed abandon Authority. I think it’ll be a while before I pick up another series book!
What’s new in your bookish world?