The Binge Personality, 2017 Edition

Do you have a binge personality? Sadly, I do. Well, maybe not so sadly…

Most people used to equate bingeing (which looks weird, but is spelled correctly…I checked) with food, and I have had my share of culinary binges, except food binges usually have nothing to do with fine dining. Junk, people. Junk.

Now, in the days of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other video-streaming options, one can binge-watch TV shows or movie series. I binge-watched Game of Thrones–twice, back to back (and will probably do so again since I pick up something new each time. I binge-watched Downton Abbey. Most of my binges haven’t been as high-brow. Witness 13 consecutive seasons of 16 episodes each of “The Deadliest Catch,” for example. (Let’s not even talk about my morbid fascination with “Naked and Afraid.”)

How about binge-reading? So far this year, I’ve binge-read Kendra Elliot’s Bone Secrets series and her first two Mercy Kilpatrick series books (and have preordered book 3, which comes out in January), Anne Bishop’s The Others series, George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series (which differs a bit from the HBO series), Harry Turtledove’s Supervolcano trilogy, and am currently on book six (of ten) of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series–the first four books of which I read years ago and finally I’m catching up.

How about you? What’s the last thing you binge-watched or binge-read? I won’t ask about binge-eating, despite my current obsession with Halo Top ice cream 🙂


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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

17 thoughts on “The Binge Personality, 2017 Edition

  1. Last thing I binge-watched: The Vampire Diaries. I was on a panel at Dragon Con and wanted to be refreshed (because my memory isn’t all that great anymore). Got as far as ep3, season 6 and now my dvds sit and wait for me to finish. I will soon. I love that series!

    Last thing I binge-read: Books 1-6 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series (J.R. Ward). My daughter told me I had to read them. I devoured them. Now I read them as soon as they come out, but I could so easily binge-re-read them again.

    • I’ve been considering a BDB re-read myself. I am behind several books so after about book seven or eight (when the new generation took over). I think I’m the only person on earth who has never watched The Vampire Diaries!

  2. I just binge-watched Midnight, Texas (mainly to free up space). I’ve learned not to binge-read, I tend to get burned out on a series if I devour all books in the series in a short time. Of course, with some authors, like J D Robb, I may never catch up with her “In Death” series. Others, like Randy Wayne White, may allow me to catch up with the most current one at some time. I binged on the Reacher books and burned out on those. If a book series has flaws, binge-reading is a good way to discover them. Like, the same plot just reworked a bit for each book. Or, the same phrases used over and over and over again.

    • I’m finding that true as I re-read the Mercy Thompson series. I was all-in until book six, and now I’m getting impatient. I haven’t read the Death series but have heard SUCH good things about them!

  3. I just binge-read the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh to get ready for Viper’s storiy. About every two years , I will read the entire In Death series from e beginning to the current book. I love Eve and Roark.

    • Another series (Singh) I have heard raves about but haven’t read. There are so many of them…or is that the Psi Changeling series? I’m probably getting them confused 🙂

  4. I binge re-read Seanan McGuire’s October Daye books. Now I’m up to the newest one. Before that I was binge re-reading Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s books. I get in the mood to re-read those every couple of years.

  5. i’ve been known to binge on more than one or two book series in my day. (que the heavy sarcasm and mumbles of “emphasis on more than” from the peanut galley) 😉 I may even have indulged in binge readings of series i’ve already read once (or twice) as well

  6. I can’t binge read, or at least not big binges. I find if I read more than two or three books in a row by the same author I start noticing their little ticks and then I can’t ever stop noticing and it breaks the immersion. Little things like favorite words being overused, or that all the heros drive the exact same car. Swapping off authors breaks the patterns so they don’t start bothering me.

  7. I’ve always been one to binge read or binge watch TV. Long before Netflix or on demand was available, think BETA VCR, I was a binger. I tend to do the same thing with book series. I tend to go ahead and buy the books to read at a later date. I often will read them in 4 to 6 book batches.
    I’m currenting binge reading the Charlie Davidson series and listening to the audio version of JD Robb’s IN Death series (one of the few I stay up to date reading). On TV I’m binge watching The Strain and Orphan Black.

  8. I binge watched Supernatural last month and am now onto The Vampire Diaries!! I binge read the Extinction Cycle books by Nicholas Sansbury Smith recently and loved them 🙂

  9. I binge-watched Downton Abbey, and no show has been nearly as good for bingeing since – although I am about to start Outlander! The last thing I binge-read was the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger – so snarky and fun! And I think your Sentinels series is binge-worthy, but I always read them the minute they are out… I will probably binge the whole series after it’s done. 🙂

  10. I binge read a trilogy – the Linesman series by S.K. Dunstall. I loved the first book so much, I continued to read until they were all done. I hope there will be more to come, but if not, I’ll read whatever this pair writes. 😀