This month saw the paperback releases of my two absolute favorite books from 2010, The Passage by Justin Cronin and The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall. Seeing the press coverage for these awesome novels' paperback releases made me pine for the days last summer when I was totally entranced by these titles.
I loved every minute of reading these books. I ignored chores and work at times in order to sneak in a few more pages. But to date this year, I have yet to repeat that pure joy in a novel.
I also remembered back to the moment when I finished each of these novels. I enjoyed them so much, I was almost afraid to start something else. I wanted to treasure how perfect I though each was. I was afraid nothing I read next would compare. And that is exactly what did happen. After reading these two books closely together, I then read The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell and really didn't like it, when in theory, I probably would have liked it quite a bit more if it hadn't followed Cronin and Udall.
So when I finish a book I loved, I try to take a break from books I think I will like, and instead try to read a few genre titles to fill in gaps in my reading for work or concentrate on the next book discussion book, since I am not reading those for pleasure, but for work.
What about you? For today's Monday Discussion, what do you do after you finish a great book? Do you dive right into something else, or like me, do you take a breather to savor the perfection of what you just experienced? Or something else? Let me know.
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