Once upon a time, I was reading Half Lost. If you’ve read any of the Half Bad series, you know that things can get intense from time to time. During an intense scene, I realized that I was kind of skimming through it. That’s odd behavior, I thought. But I am odd in general, so I shrugged it off.
Then I was reading The Glittering Court. There was a point that made me nervous. So I basically read every fourth word until I knew what the outcome was. Then went back and reread it. Seriously, abnormal, my friend. Almost as abnormal as the self-analyzing conversation you’re having with your own head…
I read basically the entirety of Crystal Crowned through my fingers, because I was in such a panicked state. What if tragedy befell someone? It was like I thought that by me not reading something bad, it would never happen? Which is, of course, completely asinine.
But when I really thought about it, I realized something: I do this all the time. No really! I’ll use an example. Spoiler alert for the three people who didn’t read and/or watch Mockingjay! I glazed over Finnick’s death. Re-read it to comprehend. Seriously had no freaking clue that Prim died. Because I skimmed over the whole thing! I had to read several pages about four times until it finally sunk in. And then I was not happy.
So of course, I had to ask you guys to chime in! Is this a normal thing that rational readers go through? Is it really my anxiety messing with my head, or is this common? I don’t know! But I want to! SO, you should tell me! Also, I thought a fun quiz to see if you’re an anxious action reader would be in order!