I'm talking about books, of course. The topic for Suze Reese's I Heart YA bloghop today asks this question: Are you a nibbler or a devourer? Or does it depend? And what's the worse thing you've blown off for the sake of a book?
My answer would have to be Sleep! I'm a notorious night-reader. In fact, that's when I prefer to do most creative things, including read. During the day, the sunshine beckons me to errands and chores and other active things. But as soon as the sun goes down, I feel like writing, reading, drawing - all those things I tend to put off during the day because life won't make time for it.
When a book pulls me in and won't let me go, I'm a devourer. I prefer it. Even when I lose sleep and have to force myself to put that bookmark in, I read until I can't read anymore.
I can also be a nibbler. Nibbling is nice, but sometimes nibbling just isn't enough. It's not satisfying. I like to make big meals of my books.
Right now I'm nibbling Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters, and devouring Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Part of the reason for this is that Miss Peregrine's is due at the library sooner. The other part is that Terry Pratchett isn't as fast-paced at this point in the book. It's rolling and descriptive and fun and wonderful. It's meant to be savored.
I love books like Pratchett's. I want to write a book like Pratchett's. While I love fast-paced books sometimes, I also think that reading should be as enjoyable as a walk in the park. It doesn't have to be all flaming arrows and hailstorms that make you run (or read) for your life. So much recent YA is like that, or feels it has to be. Where's the literary fiction? And more importantly, where are the agents who rep wonderful, engaging, multi-layer books like Pratchett's?
Oops! The question for today isn't literary vs. commercial fiction. But I think that plays a large part in the way I read books. Commercial fiction is easy to munch your way though, but it doesn't fill you up, whereas literary fiction should be savored and stays with you longer.
What about you? Do you nibble or devour? Are there any books you savor like fine wine?