Really, I blame Outlander.
Have you seen the TV show? I caught the first episode and watched it no less than three times in two days (I plan to talk more about that in a future post!) and promptly wanted to read ALL the Outlander books again.
Of course, they’re all about 1,000 pages long each, so that’s no small feat. I decided instead of starting at the beginning again (since I’ve read Outlander about 4 times already), I’d start where I left off.
I can’t remember when I started reading Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in the Outlander series, but it was a while ago. I also can’t remember why I put it down, but I think it had something to do with it being a good 1,000 pages long and I didn’t have a lot of time to read big chunks at once. Feeling like I was getting nowhere, I thought I’d read a shorter book while reading this one. Then again. And again. And then it was put on the shelf.
The sad thing is that when I found the book in my bedside table — the place where I put abandoned books that I’m certain I’ll return to soon — I was a good halfway or so through. When the book is huge that’s a BIG accomplishment. Sadly, though, I had no idea what was going on, so I had to start all over again.
In the past while, I’ve ONLY read e-books, you know, with my new love affair with my ereader and all. Thirteen books on a tiny little Kindle that weighs barely anything. So starting back into physical books right now — or, at least, one physical book for the moment — seemed like the right thing to do. I promptly dove into Drums of Autumn at bedtime last night.
And woke up with a sore wrist because that book is a CLUNKER.
I mean, really, it’s go big or go home when you read physical books, right? I couldn’t have it be a novella or anything. Isn’t this the reason people get ereaders, so that they don’t get carpal tunnel syndrome holding a book? And I’m sure this will take me no less than at least two weeks to read. Just when I assumed that reading would be all well and good with having a baby (which it really has been) I dive into a book where it takes me at least an hour to read 25 pages, therefore making me feel like I’m making no progress at all.
So, in the end, it’s Diana Gabaldon’s fault — as well as Sam Heughan’s, the actor who plays Jamie Fraser. I will suffer the consequences of reading a ginormous book if it means I get to spend time with my top book boyfriend again. Anything to tide me over until the next episode is aired!
PS – I’d like to say that that’s a good cup of Scotch or Whiskey in the photo, but sadly, it’s just tea, which I guess is an English thing and Claire is English, but it’s iced fruit tea, which I’m sure the English would hate. I’m pretty sure I would be kicked out of England for drinking it. You can’t say I didn’t try.