ADHD Reading ObsessionsAs dearly as I love my partner Jen (we celebrated our 10 year anniversary this past weekend), some of her ADHD tendencies drive me a little nuts. Over the past couple of years, Jen has been feeding an obsession with serial fiction. It started, as many things do these days, with vampires.

I’ll get to that in a minute.

Of course I don’t mind that she loves to read, and I don’t have an issue with her choice of reading material. What bugs me is that she gets obsessed with a series of books for a couple of months and then loses interest completely. She buys box sets, or even just buys the next book in the series, and then doesn’t read them. Like most ADHDers, she loveslovesloves something for a little while and then, without warning, is suddenly bored with it.

So, vampires. Her affinity for vampire fiction kicked off with an Anne Rice box set containing the first 4 of 10 books in Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series. As you can see by the wear on the bindings, she got through The Vampire Lestat and Interview with the Vampire, but Queen of the Damned and The Tale of the Body Thief remain unopened. The other 6 books in the series were never even purchased. Series Completion: 20%

Then she moved on to the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Much to my satisfaction, they were all read cover to cover. Also to my satisfaction, I was only made to see two of the film adaptations. Series Completion: 100%

Another day, another vampire. With Edward’s story line wrapped up, Jen shifted her focus to the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, on which the HBO series True Blood is based. There are 11 books in the series. Jen bought the first 5 and only got through 3 3/4 of them.That’s right–she abandoned Dead to the World 3/4 of the way through, with only 72 pages left to read! I don’t know how anyone can do that. It would drive me crazy not to finish a book! It must be an ADHD thing. The 5th book, like the Anne Rice books, was purchased but never opened. Series Completion: 34%

Having had her fill of vampires (but not of blood), she switched gears and took on the Dexter books by Jeff Lindsay. She’s a big fan of the Showtime series, so I thought she’d actually finish them. Well…she read 3 1/2 of them (only 3 made it into the picture because one of the books has mysteriously vanished). Again, how do you only read half a book?! Don’t you want to know how it turns out?! Series Completion: 61%

Finally, at last, my dear partner found her true literally love not in a vampire or a serial killer, but in a creepy bearded guy named George R.R. Martin. His A Song of Ice and Fire Series, with 5 humongous volumes published and 2 more pending, swept Jen off her feet like nothing I’ve ever seen. At over 1,000 pages each, she knocked out the entire series to date and is eagerly awaiting the release of the final 2 books. And I’ve been warned that the HBO adaptation of the series, Game of Thrones, will soon be overtaking the DVR. Series Completion: 100%+

I love that Jen loves her George R.R. Martin books. But I can’t ignore the Anne Rice, Sookie Stackhouse, and Dexter books collecting dust on the nightstand. Me? I read books cover to cover. It would kill me to not know how the story ends. But people with ADHD have a unique ability to shut out things that no longer hold their interest. On the one hand, it’s wasteful; on the other hand, it’s efficient. Depends on how you look at it.

I just hope our local library is in need of vampire books.


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Erin Korey is the Managing Partner and Chief Operations Officer of the ADD Management Group, LLC and ADHDmanagement.com.

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  1. OMG this is so me. You wouldn’t believe how many half read book I got. And over the years I have had SO many short-term obsessions. Although I never herd that expression before it fits me well.
    Thank you!

  2. Oh my… I thought only my DH was ADHD, but this is totally ME! I personally don’t strive to collect a series of books. However, I have to say that in the last 5 years, I have purchased at least 30 books, none of which have been read completely, and only a couple that I have started (and stopped). Am I ADHD ?

  3. I don’t know exactly what it is but i have found over the past few years that i very rarely can finish a book! I used to love to read and had a book going constantly. I miss it but just can’t seem to concentrate enough to stick with any book.

  4. Erin Korey Erin Korey says:

    Thanks for your comments! I’m not surprised that so many people can relate. I will confess, I have been trying to finish the same book (a Stephen King book, no less) for months and months. But I won’t let myself get another book until I’m finished! :)

  5. Haha! I have so many unfinished books on my nightstand … and dresser … and bookshelves in the living room … and on both my desks … and … well, you get the picture. Someday, I hope to take a two-week vacation to do nothing but read. I don’t think I would like having someone looking over my shoulder calculating what percentage of the books I actually finish. I think I would feel embarrassed and ashamed.

    • Erin Korey Erin Korey says:

      Mary, I think you need a Kindle! Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed. It’s awesome that there are so many books you want to read. Some people don’t read at all!

  6. I was always wondering if this was an adhd thing or not, now I know there are many people like me, only I do this with video games and not books, I obsess with a game for anywhere from days to months. The game will consume my life and then all of a sudden i become very bored with it, I’ll invest all this time into a game, then not even bother to finish it. It simply doesn’t interest me anymore. I feel almost restless when I don’t have something like this in my life.

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