Confessional: Obsessed

OKAAAAYYY.... so I have a little confession to make.

I have become addicted to reading Young Adult and New Adult Fiction.

Some of my twitter pals know this, most of you won’t… but a little over a 18 months ago I started writing.  I have stories brewing inside of me that need to be told.  And as an aspiring YA author, it IS a requirement to read as much YA fiction as I can… but nevertheless, lately there has been a whole lot of reading happening and not a lot of writing going on.

Yep, I would even say I am totally obsessed.

YA books are my crack right now. I can’t get enough.

I have had to set limits on myself, like ‘No reading after 11pm if I have to work the next day’. This is important because if I left myself to my own devices I would probably stay up the entire night. And then the next day I would totally have the worst lack-of-sleep-hangover-from-hell…  let me tell you, I don’t really need that when I am trying to concentrate at work.

Luckily for me, I usually don’t have too much trouble enforcing that rule because during the working week I am generally soooo tired at the end of the day, I am flat out staying awake until 10pm.

I shit you not, on Monday night, I went to sleep DURING THE VOICE. That means I went to sleep before 9.30pm. Who does that?  I got to see Luke Kennedy’s original song, but I missed out on Danny’s, Harrison’s and the Red-Head chick’s song Celia’s song (Why can’t I ever remember her name? I just had to look it up).  My husband even tried to wake me up to watch Harrison’s song, to no avail. I apparently just agreed with him in my sleep that it was really great. So I had to get up and watch it on The Voice website the next morning.

Last night I was asleep early too, much to my husband’s annoyance.  He cooked a fabulous dinner (as he usually does… lucky me :)) and I dished it out to everyone. I ate… and about half an hour later I was a freakin goner. Dead. To. It.  (Insert husband grumble about having to put the kids to bed and the left overs away by himself. Again).  And even though I have been waiting with baited breath for a week to see the latest (and last?) Game of Thrones episode of the season after that mortifyingly, completely shocking wedding episode that left me stunned… and even though it auto-downloaded onto my iTunes yesterday (yes I am one of those people that buys a season pass) … and even though my husband tried to wake me up to watch it with him… I slept like the dead, with the tv blaring less than two metres from my head.

But no matter how tired I am, if I am reading, and I am invested in the story, I will stay awake all night if I have to… because I must. finish. the. book. This is why I have to set the ‘no reading after 11pm if I have to work the next day’ rule for myself.

Whilst I have set this rule for my own safety (don’t want to be falling asleep on the way to work) and for fairness to my employers (who wants an employee taking hits while sitting at the computer)…   I still face a set of problems if I have to stop part-way through a book…

  • I am constantly on edge wondering what is going to happen next…
  • Sometimes find it hard to go to sleep until I end up meditating about the characters in the book…
  • I dream about the freaking characters in the book – like half the time I am one of the bloody characters – And believe me, my dream-brain thinks up some pretty weird and exhausting shit.
  • Not to mention my fear of sleep talking stuff from the book in my sleep.  I don’t need a divorce on my hands.

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Until I can get back to reading the book again, my mind constantly wonders and daydreams about the characters in the book… thinking about what is going to happen next, examining things the character did and said.

Ugh, it is just a form of torture.

A perfectly enjoyably irritating, painfully pleasurable torture, but torture nonetheless.

And don’t even get me started on SERIES.  Think its bad watching a TV series, having to wait for a whole week until the next episode? Try getting to the end of the of a book, and its a freaking cliffhanger. And you are like “W.T.F! Now I have to download the next book right now to read the next one.”

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So you download it.

And then the next one.

Because you have no choice.

Because you’re obsessed.

And then you go to download the next one and you find out that the next one is not available until August. Like 3 months away. Torture at its finest.

And this is exactly what happened to me, when I recently discovered The Keatyn Chronicles, by Jillian Dodd.

First of all – I can’t believe I found Jillian Dodd’s series “The Keatyn Chronicles” BY ACCIDENT!  

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It was only a few friday nights ago, and I  was scrolling through the Amazon Kindle Store FREE books. I came across Stalk me, the first book in The Keatyn Chronicles and I very nearly didn’t download it. ( I AM almost 38 and from the blurb on Amazon, I was a bit worried that the story might be a little too young).  But I was desperate for new reading material, so I took a chance and downloaded it.

I was only a few pages in when I realised I was hooked.

The dialogue is completely engaging, it was fresh, authentically ‘now’.   Keatyn (the main female character) has a perfect blend of girl-next-door meets sophisticated starlet, sweetness and bitchiness, and insecure-teen developing into confident young woman. Not to mention the hunky male characters that make you swoon one minute and break your heart the next.

The story line unfolded… and I just had to keep reading…  and reading…. and reading until it was done.

Seriously. Could. not. put. it. down.

A few hours later the book was finished and I had. to. find. out. WHAT. HAPPENED. NEXT!  So I immediately purchased and downloaded Kiss Me and  Date Me (less than $5 each). I read all night long, and finished Date me at 10am on Saturday Morning.  I read for about 14 hours straight!  I was dead for the rest of the weekend, but it was totally worth it!

And now, I am a die hard fan.

With one problem.

I was left hanging. With a book hangover.

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Then I discovered that, not only does the amazing Jillian Dodd write YA books that are perfectly (enjoyably irritating painfully pleasurably) awesome to read, she also has a totally cool website and blog, that features the clothes, the dream cast, the soundtrack, the setting, Interviews with the characters, merchandise as well as fan made videos and Pinterest boards. And, she has an awesomely kick-ass community of fans on facebook that are just addicted and obsessed with her books as I am… And not only that, Jillian actively converses with her fans, and (seeing as we are are almost at the point of death waiting until August for the next book) she indulges us with sneak peeks and insights… not too much… but just enough to keep us from tipping over the edge of insanity waiting for August…

So I hope I can share a little of Jillian’s perfectly enjoyably irritating, painfully pleasurable torture with you. And hopefully you will read the series… and become as addicted, and obsessed as I am.

Look Inside “Stalk Me” or Buy the Kindle edition from Amazon now (It is currently $0.00).  You won’t regret it.

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Please  Note – This is not a sponsored post  – but in the coming weeks I will  be co-ordinating with Ellen from “Always YA at Heart” book review blog and with other fans of The Keatyn Chronicles in order to help promote “Aiden” from The Keatyn Chronicles be voted best book boyfriend everrrrr! in the YA Sisterhood’s 3rd Annual YA Crush Tourney. 

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2 comments on “Confessional: Obsessed

  1. How did I get to this page? Well because I am obsess with the keatyn chronicles series and I have to know everything that’s going on. You and I are alike except I am 17. I couldn’t put the books down I bought them all and got to hate me. Now I am here dying to know what happens next!!! Can’t wait until August! I got 2 of my friends hook on the books too and we made a group chat called chocolate santa ! 🙂 I am team Aiden!!!

  2. I am right there with you, I’m 31 and a bit embarrassed to admit I LOVE YA/NA books. I have been trying my hand at writing as well and look at it as “research” too, lol. I felt like you were in my head in this post. Ha. I’m totally Team Aiden! Love…Gasp…Swoon

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