As part of this online community, you’ve probably seen a gazillion posts asking you what you do when you’re in the reading doldrums.
In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve done one myself, which I would totally revisit if I could be bothered.
Laziness = Kris.
Anyhoo, my usual method of dealing with the bookity mehs is to glom TV series until I get bored shitless with them and am in desperate need of a reading fix.
At the moment, though, I seem to have had enough of a series about the end-of-seasonish. This finds me starting a whole new series with one or two episodes left to go in the last… and then I stop and start another… and then another… well, you get the picture.
Teh Toy Poodle Flu. I haz it.
On other occasions, I’m able to kill the slumpity dead by rereading stuff which appeals to my mood at the time.
Unfortunately, this has pretty much been happening when insomnia strikes so I’m usually going straight to books that bore the complete and utter crap out of me in an attempt to try and get back to snoozing.
Hey, whatever works, right.
One thing I’ve come to realise over this past week is that, when I do turn to books, it’s not so much as a reread as it is a skim-job.
And not so much a skim as it is a flick to the sex scenes.
Further proof I’m a perve.
Like there was any doubt.
Does anyone else do that? Reread sex scenes, that is. C’mon, fess up. You know you want to. 😉
Oddly enough for most of them I don't. It really depends on the book but there will be certain interactions between the main characters that I want to reread. It sort of depends on the dynamic and what I''m in the mood for. But definitely flicking, not “re-reading”.
But that's not to say it's never the sex. LOL I also have found lately that once they've had sex in a book, unless there is something really different about it, I just tend to skim over it in case they say something important I need to know, but I want to get the emotional stuff either before or after the physical.
I find that when I open up a new book it always goes to the sex scene. I don't even bother reading them anymore coz they all read the same 😦
And why do the guys always come at the same time? Is it the amazing magic dick syndrome?
Tam: Ok, tell me the truth. You have some sort of dire illness, don't you?
Tish: Cos cumming at the same time is a sign of twu wuv, Tish. Geez, I can't believe you even had to ask that.
Pretty much what Tam said. When I reread, it's usually the emotional scenes or certain character interractions rather than the sex. Even with first time reads, I've been just skimming the sex scenes lately.
And my memory is for such crap lately that when I reread, it often is a true reread rather than flicking through.
Funny, there's only two books I can think of I reread just for the sex scenes, and those are both twincest. Not sure what that says about me. 😛
And speaking of mehs, I just went through my tbr stack of over 500 books, and not a one sounded interesting. *sigh*
Richelle: I keep reading reviews and checking out ARe in the hopes that something will jump out at me, but I'm getting nothing other than a vague feeling of 'hmmm'.
“Funny, there's only two books I can think of I reread just for the sex scenes, and those are both twincest. Not sure what that says about me. :P”
*zipping lips* 😛
I reread just for the sex scenes, and those are both twincest.
Ummm. *coughtmetoocought* No comment.
There is one historical that I go back to regularly and I often read one of the sex scenes. However it isn't erotic or anything – its more about a pivotal character moment. It makes me sigh with the deliciousness and the angst.
I recently re-read No Souvenirs for like the 5th time but, while there is plenty of very hot yummy sex, I read the whole thing.
I have occasionally re-read a smutty sex scene but it's not all that common. I DO however often skim read a book that isn't doing it for me just to get to the sex scenes, so it's not that I'm NOT Pervy or anything. 🙂
Also, unless the book is a DNF I NEVER skim the sex scenes!
Yeah, if I can't concentrate enough to read, I can usually still concentrate enough to watch soap opera clips. You'd think that with that broken ankle, all I'd have been doing was reading books, but I was mostly just listening to music on my iPod, watching soap opera clips on the laptop, and reading various blogs.
For a while, getting the e-readers helped, because I could lie in bed and read. I never stopped reading short stories by certain authors. I've always got time for a Dr. Fell Sip.
I'd keep buying books that sounded interesting, so my to-be-read files are huge. I'm back to being mobile, and able to concentrate enough to do some reading.
Depending on what kind of doldrums they are, I'll re-read certain books that are happy and fluffy or guilty pleasure reading for me. Right now I'm re-reading Sean Michael's Don't Ask Don't Tell. With the Jarheads series, if you seach very hard you might think you see a hint of plot off in the distance. I like the characters, though. Sometimes I just don't want to have to think that hard when I'm reading.
Jet Mykles' Hell is my happy fluffy go-to book, joined by Indigo Knights: Squire when that came out.
Two very different novellas with rather tormented submissive characters are ones I've re-read probably dozens of times — Josh Lanyon's Snowball in Hell and Jules Jones' Buildup: Mindscan.
Evangeline Anderson's Str8te Boys always cheers me up because it's such a hilarious guilty pleasure.
As for re-reading specific scenes — well, there's one in My Fair Captain when Aiden sneaks into Nate's room and hides, and Nate comes out of the shower…
What book has twincest in it? How come I never find the good books?
And why did spell checker change twincest to two c'est?
As well there is Braided by Sean Michael and Center of Earth and Sky (I think) by Sean Michael – and a sequel – but that one was a DNF for me. The writing style was way too flowery but others love it.
There's a Toybox Collection at TQ called Twins which has three short stories. Happy reading.
If I liked a book enough to bother rereading it, I tend to reread the whole darn thing, no skipping. 🙂 I just finished a reread of the PsyCop books, actually – I think I'll be able to reread them an infinite number of times.
Used to be Linda Howard was my go to for re-reading sex scenes. Now tho' I can't think of any book that I particalarly flick through unless you count Black Wade. 🙂
Tam: “Ummm. *coughtmetoocought* No comment.”
*snort* I knew there had to be an exception. So not surprised it was this.
Kaetrin: “I DO however often skim read a book that isn't doing it for me just to get to the sex scenes, so it's not that I'm NOT Pervy or anything. :)”
I'm not typing a single word.
Em: :… if you search very hard you might think you see a hint of plot off in the distance…”
This made me laugh because it is so very true and exactly what we expect from a Sean Micheal book. 🙂
I just reread Jet's Faith (my fave story from the series) and IK: Squire. It's like you're readin my mind. LOL
“As for re-reading specific scenes — well, there's one in My Fair Captain when Aiden sneaks into Nate's room and hides, and Nate comes out of the shower… “
You're definitely reading my mind. Yum.
Tish: I see Tam responded to your comment. She's like the twincest expert of the m/m romance community. You can trust her on this. 😛
Chris: “… I tend to reread the whole darn thing, no skipping…”
But you read so quickly, Chris, that it would probably count as skimming and flicking for a 'normal' reader. 😉
Lesley: Hey you. 🙂 And absolutely Black Wade counts. *fans self*
As soon as I read Linda Howard, I immediately thought of one of my fave scenes from Now You See Her – that first scene between the MCs was seriously hot.
What is 'normal', anyway?
Veri word says 'ratenta'…
Chris: This is true, hence the quotation marks. 🙂
No, I never do that at all! Never, never, never.
*slinks away furtively*
Erm, what does it say about the writer who bookmarks the sex scenes as she reads a particularly hot book by one of her peers, in order to go back and “study” them later. Just that she's a dedicated erotic romance author doing her homework? No? Damn!
Jen: Nice try, hun, but we've known you far too long now for that sweet English rose facade to work on us.
Jo: Yeah, I wasn't convinced either. 😛