On Friday night, I broke one of my rules of reading.
I started Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
I didn’t even realize I’d broken one of my rules until I finished the book on Saturday afternoon with a happy sigh, and immediately raced to my bookshelf and pulled out The Girl Who Played with Fire, which I’d won in a giveaway last year.
My rule, you see, is to NEVER start book one of a fully published trilogy if I know that I won’t have a nice chunk of time in which to read all the books. You know, on the off chance that I get lucky, and books one and two are brilliant reads and I find myself like the proverbial kid in the candy store, reaching for more, more, more.
So today I had to do something painful. You see, I finished The Girl Who Played with Fire last night, and so of course I immediately pulled out my iPhone and downloaded The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (there is nothing like instant gratification, especially when you’re two thirds of the way through a trilogy). I read happily until 1:30 in the morning, read a bit more this morning, but then had to reluctantly close the book (or, in this case, turn off my iPhone).
Because I have to finish up a deadline that’s due tomorrow.
It’s my own fault. I broke a cardinal rule of mine. And I’m reminded that I do have good reasons for making these little rules about reading that I generally do follow.
Have you read the Millennium trilogy? Did you get swept away the way I did? Do you have any unspoken but pretty solid rules about reading that you try to follow?