Saturday, November 10, 2007

The pressure's on

My mother is pressuring me to read faster.

Not write faster. Read faster. She's retired, an avid reader and like me usually has a towering TBR pile but she's actually reached the end of her pile and she's bugging me to get finished with the next Stephanie Plum novel so she can have it.

I've created a monster. I've been loving Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and I'm up to Hot Six. I gave the first few to my mother to see how she'd like them - we usually have vastly different taste in books. You'd never catch her with JK Rowling or Karen Marie Moning and I don't have a taste for Maeve Binchy or Debbie Macomber, but with both agree on Janet Evanovich.

She just ordered the rest of the series from Hard Eight up. [Yay for me!] But she's literally timing me and threatening to read ahead without me. [Ga' head, don't come cryin' to me when you're confused about what's going on.]

My fear is that if I don't finish up Six and Seven fast enough, she'll hold Eight for ransom. I guess I'd better put aside my WIP and get reading. I don't want my Mom mad at me.


Jennifer Elbaum said...

Does having that kind of pressure make reading less enjoyable?

Or does it provide a convenient excuse: I must put down the duster and read, Mom's waiting...?

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

Well, I do feel like I'm on the clock. Fortunately I happen to enjoy these books a lot, so I don't mind saying, hey, doing dishes has to wait, I've got to finish this book right now.

On the other hand, I wasn't planning to rush through the whole series as fast as I could. I wanted to savor them.

gwen hayes said...

I love the Plum novels....not so much her other stories though. Which is weird to me.

Btw, for future reference, Babe King is the next Evanovich.

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

Babe King is the next Evanovich.

No kidding? I'll have to check her out.