Musing Mondays: Books That Keep You Up At Night

January 31, 2011 § 13 Comments

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?

This is one of those questions thats going to be subject to my own interpretation. Being that I’m a night owl, I do most of my reading at night. I generally stay up until about 3 or 4 in the morning reading. I also have a tendency to get hooked into books quite easily because I have a burning need to know what is going to happen.

Outside of that, the books that have kept me up later than usual recently are Greg Iles’ Third Degree, the first two Chandler brothers books from Carly Phillips – The Bachelor and The Playboy – the Dark-Hunter books Night Play and Seize the Night, and just the other night Working Stiff by Tori Carrington.

The other thing that I’ll mention is I have a pattern, maybe it’s more of a problem… When I’m reading books from a series I tend to forget about sleep. So the books that I just mentioned, Dark-Hunter and Chandler brothers will, by default keep me up late. I experienced this on an extreme scale last summer when I read the first five Vampire Academy novels in two and a half days.

Has anyone else experienced this or do you just find that a book needs a special something to keep you from sleep? I want to know what you think.

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§ 13 Responses to Musing Mondays: Books That Keep You Up At Night

  • Majanka says:

    I don’t particularly have this with series, just when there’s some sort of secret in the book and I really want to wait until the secret has unfolded, or it’s just so exciting that I can’t put it down.

    Here’s my Musing Mondays.

    • Hannah says:

      I hear you! If there’s a secret, or if something HUGE happens, or if you know something HUGE is headed your way – then there’s no hope for putting that book down.

  • RandomizeME says:

    If I know that there’s a long weekend coming up or the holidays, I do push reading to the extreme, but it’s hard to do it on a regular basis since I end up like one of the walking dead the day after.

    I’ve had to be more disciplined with saying, you stop here right now OR I just choose more low key books to read at night.

    Here’s my Musing Mondays (Jan 31)!

  • caite says:

    Rarely can I forget about sleep, no matter how good the book. Maybe I am just getting old…

    • Hannah says:

      I can’t say anything for you, but I can say that even by ‘college kid’ standards my sleep – or lack thereof – is considered insane by most, or at least this is the response I have gotten.

  • Cyberkitten says:

    “The Odessa File” by Frederik Forsyth. Cover to cover in about 6-8 hours. Finished it in the early hours of the morning with burning eyes – excellent and (at least to me) gripping.

  • Cyberkitten says:

    ‘The Odessa File’ is a cracking movie too. The book is better – of course [grin]

    • Hannah says:

      “The book is better – of course”

      In my opinion there is some unwritten rule of the universe that the book will ALWAYS be better than the movie made about it.
      Applying common sense to this, you have to consider that there is more room for movement in a book than a movie, and movies are more about what can we do to this to make it appeal to as big an audience as possible whereas in a book it’s about staying true to the idea… if that made any sense at all.

      I feel like we’ve had this conversation before though…

  • Lori says:

    One of these days, I will read carly Phillips, I have heard good things about her. Although, I am not a huge fan of contemporary….I do live The Dark Hunter Series…woot woot. I am usually a nocturnal reader and if a book has enthralled me, I will read till I am finished no matter the time. Check out my answer for this week’sMonday Musing?

    • Hannah says:

      I’ve only read the three Chandler Brothers books by Carly Phillips, but I really did enjoy each of them. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books. As for the Dark-Hunters, while the romance part of it is good, what has kept me interested is the mythology behind it.

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