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The End Isn’t the End

When insomnia and technological convenience collide, a lifetime of binge reading reaches its full potential.

I just spent the past four months reading all eight books in the Outlander series—and a five-book spinoff series—back to back. It wasn’t because they were especially transcendent or because I’d become a fan of the Starz show. It was just because they were fun, and because I wanted to see how Jamie and Claire turned out.

And why not? Life is short, and my nights are long—two excellent reasons, as far as I’m concerned, not to endure cliffhangers or loose ends unnecessarily.

It started with A Game of Thrones, the book that launched a thousand HBO binges. It wasn’t the kind of thing I usually read, but I figured it would be good in its own way. I had thoroughly enjoyed reading the Da Vinci Code on my last vacation—but I expected I’d finish it and move right along to the new Ondaatje or Mantel or Murakami. But after I finished the first book, I wanted to keep reading the series, and I wanted to read it all right away.... Continue Reading

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