Confession Time

March 10, 2008

I read ahead for the love scenes. Not all the time, mind you. But some books are so compelling that I just have to know how the main characters end up coming together. Like in Grimspace, my new favorite book. It’s a fast-paced, touching futuristic that surprised me in so many ways.

It’s written by Ann Aguirre and what I love about her work is that she’s not afraid to surprise us, throw in some twists and make us wonder just how she’s going to pull things together in the end. Remember what I said on the Book Ends blog about pushing your story to the next level? Ann Aguirre makes it look easy.

So, yes, at 1:30 a.m., when I was half-way through the book and my poor husband had been sleeping with the bedroom light on since 10:30 p.m. (The guy really does deserve an award for living with a book-obsessed wife.). I did it. I paged ahead and read the big naughty, sexy, happy part. And it was so worth it.

So tell us. What books have you discovered that you just couldn’t read fast enough? And do you ever skip ahead when you read?

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4 Responses to “Confession Time”

  1. Crystal Says:

    Hm, I think I have to be cliche with this answer. The one book that I remember power reading through last year was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I just couldn’t stop reading that )read all 700 something pages in a week) and soaked up every last word. I didn’t read ahead in the story though (unless hearing who died before reading it counts).

    Another book I just couldn’t stop reading was Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. I loved that story, it was the perfect remdition of what happened to Elphaba before Dorthy came into the fold (the broadway show is awesome too).

    Other then those…I think I’ve power read through the Eragon series. I’m a huge fantasy reader.

  2. Caryn Says:

    How funny. I actually almost always skip the sex scenes, or at least skim them. If they have dialogue I’ll read that, but to me the sex scenes are almost all alike and don’t seem dependent on the character so much as on the author’s wild imagination, so they just don’t do it for me. The build-up, though, and the dark moment, and the first “I love you”? Those I LOVE.

  3. Angie Fox Says:

    I was the same way with Harry Potter. In fact, while reading the fifth book, I remember getting these pains on my chest bone. Couldn’t figure it out. Until I realized I’d been laying in bed for 5 or 6 hours a night with a huge book propped up in front of me. Didn’t slow down the reading any, but it was nice to know what was going on.

  4. Angie Fox Says:

    And Caryn, I’m glad at least one of us has a clean mind. But that is also what I meant about reading ahead for that scene. Sometimes, I just have to know how characters are going to ever resolve their differences and get to that “couple” stage, because a well-written book will make you think it’s impossible.


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