Getting lost in another world

I have started, well, back in January, the Goodreads Book Challenge. I challenged myself to read 12 books this year.

While this feat doesn’t seem bad, I can’t just read a book and then start another one. If I really like a book I must submerge myself into that world. I research the book. I research the places in the book. I research the events, diseases mentioned, books mentioned within the book, new words, new languages, time periods, copy down quotes, everything that I want to know more about. Lastly, I research reviews and how others felt about the book. I just can’t read a damn book, finish it and move onto the next.

It becomes almost a project. The first book I read this year was the Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. For three weeks I read about France during WWII (their lifestyle, what they ate, what they wore, their experiences), the Holocaust, the Freedom Trail, the Pyrenees Mountains, Spain and England’s role in the war, different diseases, the concentration camps. Of course, since this story was heavily based in WWII, I checked up upon factual errors. Not to criticize the book, it is a fictional story after all. Just to answer my own questions about particular events, items or timelines are correct.. for my own sanity.

Now I have just finished The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. I started this book some years ago but sadly I could never finish it. It is not lost on me that this is another book with the time set during WWII. This is purely coincidental since I have been wanting to finish this book for so long. I’d read for a bit and then do research about Germany, their language, more of WWII…

This took almost a month. I’m still reading about the book and immersing into a different world. I don’t know how to just read and move on to the next book.

The next book that I’m starting is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’m hoping it’s better than the starred reviews that I have seen on Goodreads. So many one and two stars. I’m now curious and afraid to read the book! I need some book recommendations. Especially ones where I can get lost into another world.