Musing Mondays – Staying Up Late

This week’s Musing Mondays, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading:

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

I normally struggle to get my 8 hours’ sleep anyway, between working too hard and cycling to work (about 1 hour each way but I have to have breakfast twice), but The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles kept me up until well past 1am a few months ago. Between the exciting plot (a troupe of bandits led by a tall angry woman/high society being revolutionised by a country girl – oh and both are in Brazil) and the great characters, I just didn’t want to put it down! I said as much in my review.

Other recent contenders: I read more of Toxic Shock than I should have (review to come soon), before going to sleep, ditto 84 Charing Cross Road/The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.

Given the number of great books I have read this year, this demonstrates two things:

1) I don’t read before bed enough

2) I need my sleep.


3 thoughts on “Musing Mondays – Staying Up Late

  1. TheBookGatherer 13 June 2011 at 9:39 pm Reply

    Oh wasn’t 84 Charing Cross Road/The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street wonderful?! That certainly kept me up too. She was such a character!!!

  2. Rose 14 June 2011 at 9:47 pm Reply

    What an excellent question! I have to say, I would stay up late every night reading if the Man didn’t remind me to go to bed, turn the light out etc. Not that I don’t love him, just that I do love reading – and I’m not very disciplined!

  3. Dorothy W. 17 June 2011 at 12:59 am Reply

    I think I need my sleep WAY too much to miss any of it to read! But I did really sink deeply into the latest Mary Russell novel I read — that was fun.

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