Have You Ever Cleared Your Schedule for a Book?

It’s been a long time since I cleared my schedule for a book.

In fact, the last time I truly did that was in July 2007–over 10 years ago. That’s when book 7 of the Harry Potter series was released. My copy was delivered in the morning, and I spent all day reading it.

I’ve eagerly anticipated plenty of books since then, but none quite on that level.

That’s about to change.

At 11:00 pm my time on Monday, book 3 of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives series, Oathbringer, will download onto my Kindle. I will be ready.

No, I won’t read through the night–I need sleep. Nor will I spend Tuesday reading the book–rather, it’ll be my nighttime reading for…well, given it’s length, probably a few months.

But my level of anticipation is at the same level of a Harry Potter book or a Star Wars movie, and that’s without it being nearly at the same level of cultural phenom as them. Part of it is because the books are really good and really epic. But I think another part of it is anticipation–I’ve been checking Sanderson’s website for progress updates for the last 2 years. Anticipation is a powerful thing.

I’m writing this post both to share my enthusiasm and make a recommendation. It’s been a while since I read books 1 and 2, so I decided today to catch up with the help of a YouTuber who recaps books. I watched this and this at 2x speed, and I’m all caught up. (Caution: I wouldn’t recommend using those videos to jump to book 3 if you haven’t read the first two books. They’re absolutely worth the time and money.)

Are you a Stormlight fan? When’s the last time you reached peak anticipation for a book?