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When it comes to books I am very excited about reading I often have a weird combination of feelings/ emotions were on the other hand I want to read the book as soon as possible because I am so excited about it and on the other hand I am also a bit afraid the book isn’t as good as I hoped. So I wanted to talk about the strange mixture of emotions and behavior I go through with books I am really looking forward to and am curious to hear how you deal with books you’re excited about!
What I Do When I am very excited about a Book
- Read it as soon as possible. When I am really excited about a book I often want to read it as soon as possible. This can be because I am so excited about the book I want to read it soon, but also because sometimes my excitement wanes if I don’t read a book soon. And being excited and looking forward to read a book can be fun, so if possible I want to read books that I am excited about as soon as possible.
- Don’t read it immediately. I can’t remember ever dropping my current read to start a book I am very excited about. I always finish my current read first. If I read a book as soon as possible it will be at the earliest after I finish my current read.
- Postpone reading it. Often with books I am very excited about I postpone reading them, I am not quite sure why I do this as when you’re excited about a book you usually want to read it as soon as possible. But I believe it has something to do with looking forward. I am someone who liked looking forward to things and knowing something good is in my future can make me currently happy. Yes I know I am weird. So if I get a book I am very excited about I sometimes just wait very long to read it. I can remember I was very excited about the Visions by Kelley Armstrong as I loved the first book and waited almost a whole year after receiving it to read it. A whole year. Which totally defeats the purpose of buying the hardcopy just so I could read it as soon as possible. I was so looking forward to this book that instead of reading it as soon as possible I postponed reading it for a long time so I could bask in the feeling of knowing I still had a book to read that I probably would enjoy a lot. I still have her latest YA series unread, I own the first two books and by now the third one released half a year ago already and I am perfectly content not reading them. Same with the last two books in Jennifer Estep her Black Blade series. I loved the first book and now I get happy every time I have two more books to read in that series and they stand there unread on my shelf making me happy. One of the few books I actually buy and I am going to have them stand on my shelf unread making me happy, it’s just weird. Sometimes I feels like I am waiting for the right moment to read them or the looking forward part is half of the fun and I ruin that by reading it.
- Be afraid it isn’t as good as I hope. And often when I am really excited for a book I am afraid it won’t be as good as I hope. As when you’re really excited for a book the disappointment will hit you even harder when it’s not as good. And there is not much worse than a disappointing read and I know that with the books I am most looking forward to reading I also set the highest expectations and thus the most chance to feel disappointed when the book isn’t as good as I hope.
- Look forward to reading the book. Mostly with books I am excited for I am just really looking forward to reading it. I can remind myself that I still have to read book X and get happy because I am looking forward to reading the book.
- Feel sad when there are other books I should be reading first. This is also one of the times when I blame myself for accepting too many review copies as I might have some books I really should read first before I can read the book I really want to.
- Review copies have less risk of getting postponed. If I get a review copy of a book I am really excited about I less rarely will postpone the book. As then I don’t feel as guilty not reading the other books I should read first because hey I am still reading a review copy. So it’s often the books I buy myself I end up postponing, while I more often indulge in the urge to read the book immediately when it’s a review copy.
- Other books can be less enjoyable. This doesn’t happen always, but sometimes when I am so excited and in the mood to read a certain book, anything else I read in the meantime just doesn’t seem as good as I rather would be something else. Being a moodreader can be tricky stuff and forcing myself to read a book while I rather read another can make me enjoy the book I force myself to read less. Which is a shame, so sometimes I believe it’s just better to read the book I really want to first as then I might read the book I should be reading later, but I also might enjoy it more when I do.