Booking Through Thursday: Night Owl

What’s the latest you’ve ever stayed up reading a book? Is staying up late reading a usual thing for you?

I try not to stay up late reading—I’m one of those people who needs her eight hours of sleep, otherwise I become irritable and generally unpleasant. Since I usually carve out some time to read before bed, I rarely do, but it has happened—I couldn’t put down Jacqueline Carey’s The Sundering until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore.

But the latest I’ve ever stayed up reading a book would go to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I received my book at midnight, went home, settled into the guest bedroom (far from everyone else), and read for eight hours straight. I went to bed around eight-thirty in the morning, and I don’t recall how long it took me to recover from it.

6 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Night Owl

  1. My sleep schedule is wonky as hell, so I do this every couple months. Last time, if I recall was Asimov’s The End of Eternity. Previous all-nighters include The Dispossessed and On Basilisk Station. So yeah, science fiction tends to keep me awake. 😛

  2. I did something similar with Harry Potter. I read for a couple of hours, then made a valiant effort to sleep. When that didn’t happen, I turned the light back on and read for a while more. Then I got up really early the next morning so I could finish it.

  3. It would definitely be one of the Harry Potter books for me — I think the fifth one, actually! Because I remember it was light by the time I finished the fifth book, but when I finished the seventh book, the sun hadn’t come up yet. However, I’m not sure it’s fair to count it as four-thirty in the morning when I didn’t start reading until midnight.

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