So I’m stuck reading Dreamfire by Kit Alloway at the moment for review. It’s quite a slow and draggy book, with some pretty heavy concepts about dreams. It’s taken me all week to read it so far, because I’m just not motivated to pick it up. All I can think of is when I’ll be able to pick up The Winner’s Crime and The Mime Order which are on my desk staring back at me.
Do you ever just get stuck reading a book that you just want over and done with? Either because you need to review it, or because you don’t want to DNF a book on principle, or because you only read one book at a time? All of these things apply to me, but I also use books I know I’ll love as a motivator to get through review reads.
I’m in this predicament because I saved up those books to read as a reward. Instead of dropping everything when The Winner’s Curse arrived in the mail, I decided to be sensible and finish some review reads first. But every rave review, every positive comment and the beautiful covers whispering ‘pick me up’ are about to break my resolve, and the slow and draggy pace of my current book isn’t really helping.
I can’t help but feel my lack of concentration or my need to quickly finish my book just to get it over with is kind of unfair though. Once it’s finally finished, I’m probably going to reduce the rating based on how slow the pacing is. But is this because I just want to read something else, and this reward behaviour isn’t really working? Or is it the book at fault for not really grabbing me? If I was in the mood for a slow paced book, would I enjoy it more? All these things are swirling in my head, while I’m procrastinating about reading it again.
Do you save books up to read as a reward? What did you answer above?