Over the last few years my family and I have indulged in that pastime that has absorbed all of America--the "binge-watching" of series on Netflix and other online channels. We've plowed through many pleasurable hours of quality television, and I've learned a lot about constructing characters from watching some truly great tv creations.
But I wonder--do people binge-read? If you read a new book that you love, do you seek out everything that author has ever written? Looking back, I realized that I've done a lot of binge reading in the past, but I haven't done it in quite a while. Who absorbed my attention in the past? Ross MacDonald, Raymond Chandler, Sue Grafton, Jill McGown, Elizabeth George, P.G. Wodehouse, Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart, Stieg Larsson, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, and Janet Evanovich are just some of the writers whose books I kept reading, hooked on their style and their characters.
Working and writing have given me less binge time, but I'm ready to find that next binge-worthy author.