Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 | Author: Casey Criswell

Over at Book Riot today, blogger Rebecca Joines Schinsky wrote a post on her 7 Dirty Little Reading Secrets and it was pretty fun. More importantly…it sounded fun to do, too! Me being as reading obsessed as I have been as of late, it sounded like a perfect idea for a blog post.

So, here you go, my own 7 Little Reading Secrets!

I’ve only read the first two books of the Song of Ice and Fire. I don’t know that I”ll read the rest. I liked the first two books of George R. R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” series, but there’s just too much of it. I love the TV adaptation too. The detail’s not quite so thick, so it flows a bit better. Whenever I think, “I want to read more Song of Ice and Fire”? I think immediately of a hundred other books that I’m dying to read and may not get to due to the time commitment.

I for one welcome our new Kindle Overlords! I am not saying ‘down with all paper books!’ or anything of that sort. For my library though? I do not lament saying good by to the paper back and welcome the ebook with open arms. I love my Kindle, I love ebooks. It’s changed the way I read, it’s changed the amount I read and it’s made the process even more convenient. It’s not you paperbacks, it’s me. I’ve changed. I do not see myself going back, except for the rare reference book here and there.

I’ve never read a Drizzt Do’urden book. I cut my teeth on Dungeons and Dragons and it was the Weis & Hickman’s “Dragonlance” books that turned me into a fantasy fan. I’ve never read a single page of the Drizzt Do’urden books, though I have probably told a few people I have, just to save face. I love Dark Elves too, which is the crazy thing. I’ve considered going back and reading them here as of late, but I fear they won’t live up to the years of hype. It may not sound like much these days but back in the day; these were must reads.

I’m not a huge horror novel kind of guy. I like horror books in general and I’ve read and loved the one’s you’re supposed to such as King, etc. But, as much as I’ve made my name as a horror blogger, horror podcaster and even a dabbling horror author? I don’t read very much horror. 9 times out of 10? I’m reaching for a science fiction novel followed closely by a fantasy novel. In my own writing attempts, I’ve tried to scribble out some horror stories but I often find myself hitting a road block. Maybe I need to dabble in some other genres!

I read sometimes upwards of 4 books at any given time. I…have an limited attention span at times. SQUIRREL!

Many books tend to bog down in parts, it’s just par for the course. Those chapters that the author has to slow the pacing down to worth through some of the headier ideas of their story. Those chapters that take place between big action sequences and their buildups. I have a hard time with those. Normally I hit a section like that, I sit that book down, move on to another and read until I hit a similar spot. Sometimes, it may be months before I make it back to that first book. It generally only takes me a page or two to remember who’s who and what’s going down once I do pick it up though. For some reason…I don’t do this as much with the Kindle these days.

I’m jealous of my Mom, my old high school friend Corey and my Wife. I read at a pretty decent clip I think. These three? They put me to shame. I spent the old days talking books with Corey. Generally, I’d find a book that blew me away and understandably I’d get pretty excited about it. Normally, when I’d tell Corey about it, the response was, “Oh yah, I read that.” “When?” “Tuesday.” My wife, this lady can put down a book a day given the chance. We recently received a flyer on a local college extension offering speed reading courses. When I asked he if she would want to take it with me, her response was, “What would be the point?”. Finally, my Mom took actual speed reading classes in college. When I was in high school, I would spend months laboring over some boring classic for a book report. She’d read it in two hours so she could help with said report. And the real kicker here? She’s not much of a reader.

The thought of being able to read a book a day still makes me feel giddy just from the sheer amount of cool stuff I could read!

I don’t have a whole lot of interest in ‘The Classics’ By ‘The Classics’, I mean classic literature. I’m all for classic sci-fi and genre books. When it comes to those books that literature classes, high brow lit blogs and everybody else says you ‘need’ to read? Meh. They’re important, yes and many writers wouldn’t be where they are today without these books. They just don’t hold any interest for me. I’ve gone through my share for college classes and the like. That’s enough for me. I know what I like and what I like generally has aliens, space ships, monsters or ray guns in them. I still haven’t read “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” simply because it’s still in part….”Pride and Prejudice”.

So there you have it, my 7 Dirty Little Reading Secrets. Nothing too blasphemous I think! What are your dirty little secrets? Come share them with us in the Dad and his Weird Friends Book Club on Facebook!

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