It’s been my guilty secret, my unfinished business over the last few months — I finally finished reading Watchers by Dean Koontz.
The reason it took so long? I have developed a habit of reading more than one fiction book at a time. It came about as a result of finishing a good book, and being lost in that God-forsaken place — that choice paralysis that is choosing what book to delve into next. There are so many novels I want to read — let alone non-fiction titles. I often get stuck figuring out which new book to devote my time to. This gets in the way of valuable story-enjoyment time as I enter a between-books slump.
My practise now is to read two — if not more books in parallel. Sometimes I mix genres, so I’ll have a horror novel, a sci-fi epic, a mystery, and maybe a thriller on the go. I don’t think it’s much different from watching TV serials — with the average TV fan having several different series on the go in any given week.
Since starting Watchers back in January, I’ve read around six different novels. It’s not that I wasn’t enjoying Watchers — I’m fairly new to Dean Koontz’s work, having read only a handful of his books. I love Koontz’s descriptive writing and find his stories to be pretty creepy, if a little slow paced at times. I suppose I just wasn’t ‘feeling’ Watchers as much as some of his other novels. Consequently, novels by other authors whose work I hadn’t read before seemed more appealing, and I prioritised them.
As it stands now, I’m down to one book, so I need to put the time in to adding to the list before I finish it. What Koontz book am I going to try next?