When I visit my local ELA Library, I usually do a quick pass through the New Mystery section. If the latest Alex Delaware (by Jonathan Kellerman) or Kinsey Milhone (by Sue Grafton) novel is available….YES. Mine, grabbing it like a child and holding it close.
I then put aside whatever I am reading and delve into those books.
Most genres I can set aside at the appropriate times. But, when I get engrossed in a mystery, forget it. The details, the short section breaks, the quickening pace, keep the pages turning long after they should.
Here are a few of the reasons why I should not even start a mystery, unless I have a day to focus on it:
- Dinner -what dinner? Are you really hungry tonight?
- These woeful eyes staring when their walks are delayed.
- Pages might get warped near the shower.
- At 11 pm I will resolve to read “one more chapter”; suddenly it is 2 am. And I have to be up in 4 hours for work!
- Can’t read it when at the gym. So postpone the workouts, right?
The same often happens with the latest Stephen King or a few other authors, but it always happens with a tight mystery.
The journey continues.
Note: feel free to substitute “binge watch the latest HOT series”, “start a puzzle”, “search online for cheap airfares” in the title, depending on your tastes.