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When you're reading a really good book do you ration it?

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Mumwhensdinneready Wed 12-Aug-09 17:39:20

I was listening to an author called Steve Carroll on the radio today and something he said struck a chord. He had just finished reading a great book and said he deliberately slowed down as he read the last 200 pages.
Normally I read everything at speed, but there are a few books that I've felt were so special I didn't want them to end.
Around halfway through I would try to slow down and ration myself in order to prolong the experience.

The Time Traveller's Wife was one of these.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 12-Aug-09 17:43:36

I'm a guzzler with a good book, but I will often do a re-read at a slower pace within a couple of months.

Klaw Wed 12-Aug-09 17:43:56

No, not done that but when I finished The Red Tent I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO wanted to start reading it all again but fortunately someone told me of another book I could read and I started on that and didn't feel quite so desperate any more....

yappybluedog Wed 12-Aug-09 19:11:56

no, if it's that good I have to finish it quickly

LoveTheCarbs Wed 12-Aug-09 19:12:52

No, I couldn't ration a good book. It's part of the joy of a good book - I race through it, can't put it down and all other tasks are forgotten. I do then feel a bit sad when it's finished, but also happy that I've read such a great book. smile

MummyDoIt Wed 12-Aug-09 19:14:32

No, I race through it. When I used to commute, there were occasions when I was a few pages from the end and would sit on the station platform when I got off the train to finish it as I couldn't wait till I got home.

overthemill Sun 23-Aug-09 16:23:47

i stay up all night when i love a book but always try to slow down at the end as i just know it'll be ages before i feel the same connection again and regret it in advance iyswim

janeite Sun 23-Aug-09 16:31:54

Nope - I gobble it up in one go, if at all possible. And then sometimes I read it again immediately afterwards to see what I missed, although I tend to only do that with plot-based stuff like the Harry Potters or Stephen King.

colditz Sun 23-Aug-09 16:37:58

No, I binge

pickyvic Sun 23-Aug-09 16:39:53

another guzzler here...then i feel bereft when ive finished it!

Pogleswood Sun 23-Aug-09 23:21:29

No,I wish I could but I don't have the self control! I do read books I really love a bit more thoroughly ,though,not so much skipping bits, which I will do when I'm desperate to know what happens but not quite keen enough to read every word..

epithet Sun 23-Aug-09 23:23:10

I try to ration, but if the book is too good, I just can't. Remember reading The Bell Jar on the bath rack and then getting annoyed at the wet fingerprints all over it hmm.

PrettyCandles Sun 23-Aug-09 23:28:01

If it has an element of adventure to it, or mystery, then yes, I do ration really good books. In order to be strict about it, I have to have another good book immediately to hand, so that I can continue to satisfy my cravings when I have put the fantastic one down.

If there is no need not to know what comes next, then I allow myself to guzzle the book as quickly as I like!

brokenspacebar Sun 23-Aug-09 23:30:32

I speed read/ignore everything/go to bed late, until I have finished a good book.

piprabbit Sun 23-Aug-09 23:32:08

I have been known to stay up all night to finish a good book. The best books are read time and time again, so I never worry about reading too fast.

seayork Mon 24-Aug-09 19:45:15

Yes I do, but only if it is super good, if it is crap I just skip the waffle and just get to the best bits (usually the conversations) or skip pages just so i know how it finishes

Overmydeadbody Mon 24-Aug-09 19:48:32

No, I devour it and then miss it when it's finished sad

The Time Traveller's Wife I could not put down, once I started, it was sooooo gripping.

Now I have started Doris Lessing's second Mara and Dann book and the same thing is happening again, it is getting to the end far too quickly sad

undervalued Mon 24-Aug-09 20:30:37

If it is a really good book, I neglect my family and will stay up all night until it's finished. One of my (many) bad habits ...( like shouting out spelling, punctuation and continuity errors as I read blush)

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