I have spent far too many nights as an accidental night owl as a result of my reading habits. In my What Type of Reader Are You post many people also seemed to be in this category, so I thought it would be fun to share my mental process when I accidentally stay up far too late because of a good book!
I always start reading my book at a reasonable time, and each time I honestly expect to be able to put the book down and have a good nights sleep.
This is the point where I am really enjoying the story I am reading. I am really enveloped into the world of the book and I am falling in love with the characters. This is the aspect I love about reading, the complete immersion into another world.
Annd after what feels like only a few moments of reading I look at my clock. It is somehow 2 a.m. I’m pretty sure books might interfere with how time works, and I think its rather suspicious.
Attempt to be a human
After checking multiple clocks to validate that hours have gone missing, I always try to go to sleep so I can function normally in the morning.
Decision that being a human is lame
I often will lay in bed with the best of intentions to fall asleep, but inevitability after 20 or so minutes, I start reading my book again.
Now about an hour into reading my book it is 3 a.m. and I know I’m not going to be getting a normal amount of sleep tonight no matter how hard I try.
It is at this stage I honestly just say screw it, and become even more determined than ever to enjoy my book. And If I finish it before I need to go to work or school in a few hours that is a bonus!
It is now 8 a.m. and I need to head to morning classes, I have transformed into a sleepless zombie or if I am being kind, a grumpy accidental night owl. I have either managed to get just few hours of sleep or none at all, but these are the strange lengths I go to in order to finish a book!
Please let me know if any of you have a similar thought process! Also, I’d love to her about any books that kept you awake all night!