[TSS] Bookish Bliss: The pleasures of late-night reading

I know. It wasn’t that long ago I posted about my quest to become a morning person. And I’m still on that quest. Just getting a little sidetracked, that’s all.

This past month, I’ve been really self-indulgent when it comes to my reading, giving myself permission to read late into the night. It’s been a while since I’ve done that, and I’m here now to say, yes, it is indeed a bookish bliss, one of the very guilty but oh so gratifying pleasures of reading.

I read 13 books in February, and much of that has been due to late-night reading. Around here, it’s the best time to read: everyone else is fast asleep, there are no interruptions, and even Twitter and Facebook are relatively quiet. And very few emails come in during those early morning hours, too.

I know early morning hours can be like that too, but to be honest, in the mornings, when it’s bright and sunny as Toronto winter mornings can be sometimes, I feel like I should be doing something productive, rather than reading.

So, I’ve been settling into a routine of opening up my current book at around midnight, glass of wine in one hand, snack-that-goes-with-wine in the other, and enjoying a rather bookishly blissful two to three hours of solid reading time.

I can’t keep doing this, I know. For one thing, I haven’t been waking up any later, so I’m starting to feel a little sleep deprived.

The other thing is, I’ve started reading Stephen King’s Pet Sematary for the #gangstercats readalong, and something tells me it’s probably a book I don’t want to be reading in the dead hours of the night, all by my lonesome on the couch with everyone else fast asleep.

On the other hand, I’m planning on balancing the horror with some lighter reading, like Helene Hanff’s The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, which is included in 84 Charing Cross, a middle grade fantasy I’m reading for a book tour called The Camelot Kids and Neil Gaiman’s and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens.

So maybe I can be self-indulgent for a little longer, as long as I remember to read Pet Sematary when it’s nice and bright out, and when the witching hour strikes, reach for a non-witchy type book!

Do you enjoy reading late into the night?

7 thoughts on “[TSS] Bookish Bliss: The pleasures of late-night reading

  1. Becca

    I go to bed early, but at least once or twice a week I wake up at 3 or 4 am, and this is a perfect time to read uninterrupted for a couple of hours until the alarm goes off :)

  2. Bryan G. Robinson

    I used to be a late night reader, even sometimes staying up late to finish a book. I haven’t done it recently, maybe as I get older and go to bed slightly earlier, 11 p.m., usually, not midnight or 1. But I enjoyed those days (and nights) when I was able to do that. I miss them.

  3. Heidenkind

    Oh, I always read late at night! 4-7am is my prime reading time. :) I’ve been thinking about trying to read more in the morning, though. (By morning I mean when I wake up.)

  4. Kay

    Hmmm…I’ve always been a morning person, even when I was a teenager. My alarm is set for 5AM and I often wake before that. I don’t let myself get up unless it’s after 4. Flipside is that I go to bed by 9 or 10. Now that I don’t work outside the home, I kind of read all throughout the day, here and there. I do understand the peaceful uninterrupted lure though. Oh, and I wouldn’t read PET SEMATARY in the wee hours of the night. Just sayin’. 😉

  5. Li

    I tend to read at night… I’d stay up late and read all the time if I could! Unfortunately, that 7am weekday alarm means it’s not something I attempt to do very often…


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