No, not peeking. Flitting. I should explain. Flitting occurs when you've just read a book (e.g. Tigers & Devils [Sean Kennedy]) that has reached inside and...not just tugged at your heartstrings but spoken to you on some intimate level. And while you're reading this book you're on a high...and then you finish, and fall.
So here is us, on the raggedy edge. (Yes, I'm quoting Serenity *grin*) And you say 'I know, I'll read another book'. And because you're worried about selecting a book that won't stand up to the one you just read you pick something completely different... But, instead of delving straight in and just....you know, reading, you flit. What I mean is, you sneak a peek, read a snippet, and then follow a particularly character or a particular plot line...until something else takes your fancy and you follow that... And then you decide you need to revisit previous books (because without fail the book you've selected in part of a series [and if for some reason it isn't it ends up on the DNF pile])...and you flit around those as well. (I find I usually work backwards through a series rather than starting at the beginning.) And with the flitting comes no staying power. It's like...your concentration has decided to go on holiday and you're following shiny things around like they are back in fashion (although perhaps they are, I'm no fashionista :)
And how long does the flitting last. For me, about a week. And yes, that's what I've been doing with Shalador's Lady - flitting. I've worked my way through the previous Black Jewel books (although for some [weird] reason I didn't flit through Daughter of the Blood). And has the phenomenon occurred before? Why yes, when I finished reading Mine to Possess.
So, have you ever experienced flitting or, after reading this post, do you think I've completely lost the plot?