I’m curious, does having a strict deadline cause you to not enjoy a book as much?
I’ve recently been thinking about this because I got a book off First To Read and it counted down every day until it would disappear off my reading app. It totally stressed me out and I feel like I couldn’t enjoy the book because I kept seeing that countdown. It gave me pressure and stress.
I found myself reading at a snail’s pace and even though I had 20 or so days left I still felt like the clock was ticking. There is rarely a time a book takes me that long to read but for some reason I felt rushed!
Thankfully, I got a print ARC and I’ve been able to enjoy reading it on my terms and at a leisurely pace. All of this made me wonder-if I’m under a strict deadline if it changes my feelings toward the book?
I’m a mood reader through and through so I think even the idea that I’m being forced to read by a certain date really upsets my reading mojo. I think I’ve learned my lesson and no more First To Read for me. I try not to allow my review books control me.
When I get ARCs I tend to put them all on one shelf in order by release date. When selecting a book I try to grab one that is releasing soon but if none of them work I’ll pick whatever looks the most interesting. That’s how I’ll not have a review for a week but have a few drafted that I can’t publish for months.
Your turn- do you think being on a strict deadline changes how you feel about a book? Does stress detract from your enjoyment of the characters and story?