UPDATE: The winner of Blood of the Wicked is Amy (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks everyone for sharing your reading habits and helping me keep the masses straight.
Hi all, Laura, here! Hope your week’s been a great one!
Since returning from RWA ‘11, I’ve set myself a challenge to read a book a week. Yes, on top of the deadline we’re on, and the plotting that needs to be done for the next Dark Breed story, and getting toddlers ready for Pre-K (and preschool), and trying to read over a couple partials and come up with a new plot for an idea that’s rolling around in my head. Okay, I’m not even going to get into all the other distractions that come with being a writer, wife, and mom, ‘cause I’m sure everyone can fill in those blanks and just the thought of all that work has distracted me from my original comment: reading a book a week.
Sure, this shouldn’t be hard, but there are a lot of great books out there and I get easily distracted. So, yeah, I have three books going at one time. Blame it on my lack of focus—did I mention I have five toddlers in the house on any given day?—or that I might suffer from a serious case of adult ADD, but I tend to read according to mood. There’s of course a paranormal in the mix, and a straight romance, and a horror story. They’re all great books and I’m enjoying them all immensely.
So what’s the problem, you might be asking?
Well, simply put, if I’m reading three books at a time, then I haven’t finished a single book this week, which puts me very close to failing in my self-imposed quest. This upsets me because I hate to fail. But no matter how hard I try, or what strong talking to I give myself, I can’t seem to focus on just one book.
That brings me to my question for you: Do you suffer from the multi-book reading problem? No? Either way, share your ideas for keeping focused and finishing whatever you're reading in a reasonable amount of time and you could win an autographed copy of one of the books I’m reading at the moment: Karina Cooper’s Blood of the Wicked.