Generally, binging has a negative connotation since you’re doing something in excess. In the case of binge eating, it’s understood that you’re only meant to eat a certain amount, so binging=👎. When it comes to reading though, is it possible to actually binge? I mean, is there such thing as too much reading?
I say, no. No such thing. Read all the books.
Now, I am a chronic binge reader. I will pick up a book, finish it in one sitting, then move on to the next one immediately. My brain goes into a manic reading mode in which I plow through books. Nothing can stop me! Eating, sleeping, and all types of human interaction become unimportant and obsolete. Why bother doing anything when I only have x amount of pages left to the book? (I say x because the number can be anywhere from 3-300).
You might think that after I accomplish my goal and finish the book all goes back to normal.
Well you’re wrong.
My binging does not stop at one book. Once I’ve built up momentum, there’s no way I can just stop! I just move on to the next book. And then the next book. And to all the next books, until a greater force (read: responsibilities, friends, concerned parents) comes to stop me.
*When people see how I spend my weekend*
One of the reasons that I binge read is because I’m such a procrastinator that even when I have absolutely nothing else to do, I won’t read the book that I’ve been meaning to read. I’ve just got an inert instinct that says NO. DON’T DO SCHEDULED THING. Which sucks, because I could be reading so much more. But that’s when binge reading swoops in to save the day! Aided by the friendly neighborhood urge to binge read I can still manage to read 3-4 books a week. Which is not too shabby.
Do I wish that I could just pick up a book during the week and read it like a normal person? Sometimes. Especially when the books I want to finish are E-books. (My binge reading is reserved solely for paper copies of books). I guess I just have to train myself to use my free time more efficiently. Or something responsible like that.
What are your thoughts on binge reading? Is it a pastime that you participate in?