Saving or splurging. If you have been desperately waiting for a book (or books) and it (they) finally appear, do you read them straight away, regardless of what is on your plate or do you save them? Save them for either a time when you can focus on them to the exclusion of all else or perhaps as a reward for surviving an unpleasant event. For example, I had to spend time with two family members over the weekend. One...is who she is. Yes, spending time with her is exhausting, but...positive. Spending time with the other family member is not positive. It's...well, it's like talking to a wall. A concrete wall. Three metres thick. So, I've been saving two books (The Shattered Gates [Ginn Hale] and GhosTV [Jordan Castillo Price]) as a reward for surviving Saturday morning and also finishing The Admiral's Penniless Bride (Carla Kelly) and the three chapter sets of Traitor's Knot (Janny Wurts) that I had to read by Friday. But...is that weird? Saving the books I mean? I save lots of things for 'special occasions'. My mother did the same. (Maybe that is where I learnt it from?) I do remember her asking me once when I was young why I had put on my 'best' shorts (on Christmas Day no less - it occurs during summer here in case you're all fainting at the thought of shorts in winter :) I pointed out Christmas Day was special, but I remember her not looking convinced.
Last weekend I read Rescue Me (Scarlet Blackwell), which took me on an angst-filled roller coaster ride. And that, combined with rather a messy week family wise left me in the mood for more angst m/m. So, I spent parts of last week re-reading my favourite scenes in Keeping Promise Rock (Amy Lane) and By Degrees (JB MacDonald). I love Keeping Promise Rock. Jenre has the most amazing review of this book on GoodReads, and this sentence really stood out:
Another theme is that of family and how being part of a family can either make or destroy a person.The family that is built in Keeping Promise Rock, and extended in Making Promises entices me. If you haven't already worked this out, family is...pretty much a dirty word for me. But the family in Keeping Promise Rock... I don't know if I could cope with the...acceptance they have for each other, but I would like to think I would make an exception...if not now then in the future. I'm trying, I'm working towards being able to do so. Does that make sense? I'm not sure why, when I am feeling so...lost at sea...I would want to read such an angst-filled book? Maybe it's because the characters come out the other side. Not whole, but...attempting to put themselves back together... And best of all, according to a GoodReads post by Amy Lane there will be two more books in the Promises series! *happy dance*
So, do you save books (or anything) for special occasions? And what are your thoughts on angst-filled books? Love them? Avoid them?