“No more vampires until you finish your Dickens”

The title quote is direct from the mouth of my loving live-in boyfriend, Matt.

He’s concerned about my well-being.

He thinks I have book issues. I’ve talked about my guilty complex over not finishing books in the past, but this issue is something different.

The book that brought on the aforementioned outburst from Matt is also the book that started my issues with guilt. This book was my ‘mistress’ as I dumped an uninspiring read for its ample pages. Unfortunately, Matt is convinced this book has set me on a path that will lead to dysfunctional relationships, questionable morality and a complete retraction from the world of social interaction.

The book at fault for all of these things is a bad book. It’s bad in more ways than the fact that it will result in my hermitism. It’s bad in the way that you’re ashamed to read it in public because the cover art is scandelous. It’s bad in the way that it doesn’t delve deep into real-world problems and it doesn’t get to the base of human emotions. It’s bad in the way that it is filled with gratuitous violence and morally questionable decision-making by the lead character. It’s bad in the way that it’s the first in a series that seemingly never ends forcing you to give up whatever semblance of a life you once had in favour of sitting, unwashed, on your couch for days at a time only breaking for KD and graham crackers.

The book in question is this one:

You can't actually Click to Look Inside (thanks for the photo Amazon). Also, see what I mean about shameful covers!

It’s the first of a series about a Vampire Hunter named Anita Blake. I have read the first 7 books of the series in a matter of weeks. I have inhaled these books.

But, Matt thinks I should take a break and I think for this one time, I will heed his advice. To be honest, the books had me a little on edge. Reading them would make my heart pound and when I wasn’t reading them, I would agonize over what might be happening next (in my head, the story continues when you’re not reading, the characters are still living and the action is still happening. When I read a book, I fully engage).

But, for the time being, I will not read any more vampire books until I have “finished my Dickens”.

I’m not actually reading Dickens. Instead I picked up a literary award winning book that was featured on Canada Reads last year. My whole family has read it and it’s been on my “to read” list for a long time.

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill is just as much a page turner as my shameful vampire series but it is much more fulfilling. I’m only a third of the way through and it is completely heart-wrenching.

I definitely haven’t abandoned Anita (don’t worry Erin) but I think I need a healthy mix of mindless & entertaining and thought-provoking. Sometimes I just need a gentle reminder that this mix is important to my well-being.

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4 Responses to ““No more vampires until you finish your Dickens””


  1. 1 ria April 12, 2010 at 8:53 am

    everytime i request one of these books from the library i end up with a comic book. it’s so weird!

  2. 2 Erin April 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Hehe I fully support book-induced hermitism. When you start to want to decline social interactions to stay home and read. And when people ask you what’s new in your life and you have to stop yourself from talking about what’s happening to the main character in the book you’re reading… It’s a problem and I am multiple series in to it – Sookie, Anita, Luna, Elena, Mercy, and now Rachel…

  3. 3 Melanie April 10, 2010 at 10:09 am

    In a creepy coincidence, when I decided to take a break from Anita, I too did so to read The Book of Negroes for the book club that I am part of. I also feel like I could have written this blog… about that shame of the chick-lit covers (aka reading it in the airport beside a man who could have been my Grandpa and still being unable to put it down) and of the fear of being reduced to a hermit until the series ends.
    oh Anita!

  4. 4 Kyla Roma April 10, 2010 at 8:12 am

    lol! I love this!! I’ve been reading chick lit, then a serious book, then chick lit, then a serious book and I’m sorry but “In Cold Blood” might be a masterpiece but they…don’t drink many martinis in it, and no one dates lol

    I think I might need to do two chick lits, two serious books so I can get into the right head space! Changing gears so quickly just isn’t working.


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