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Yes, Please: Finding a Book You Can’t Put Down

I may have mentioned this a time or two before, but one of my favorite hobbies is reading– especially when the book is so good that I don’t want to put it down.

When I was a kid, my reading habits were something of legend around my neighborhood, as I would often stay up reading way past any bedtime, and on more than one occasion our next-door neighbor accused my parents of bad parenting when they noticed my light on past midnight (probably more like 3 or 4 am). Since my late night reading never affected my grades, participation in class, or homework being done on time, my mom defended her parenting skills and pointed out that my reading late at night wasn’t hurting anyone or anything, and that the neighbor should instead worry about her own child.

This habit of staying up late to finish a chapter, or even an entire book started to dwindle during high school, and was almost non-existent during college– too many other things like research papers, work, or spending time with friends got in the way.

Over the last few years, I’ve managed to find more free time, and have been able to spend more time reading. I’ve managed to read quite a few books, but few have been so enthralling that I’d want to stay up all night to read more.

Until the two that I’ve managed to check off my list the over the last two weeks.

The first was the sequel to a book (The PassageI read over my spring beach vacation called The Twelve, and I just couldn’t get enough of the story. I downloaded it onto my Kindle, so any free time I had, even if it was only five minutes, was spent soaking up more of the story since I could pick up where I’d left off on the app on my phone. Several late nights were spent cuddled up in bed reading this book, and I may have shrieked a little one night when the battery warning popped up on my screen, forcing me to stop reading and go to sleep.

The second book is one I borrowed from a friend just a couple of days ago, called Ready Player One. From the first few paragraphs I read, I was hooked and knew I was going to be in trouble with this one. Luckily I have a few days off work this week, because I may have had a marathon reading session last night, only to wake up and want to read more.

I managed (or forced myself) to take a few breaks to run errands, take Jasper out for a couple of walks, and remember to eat, but the majority of my day was spent reading and unable to tear myself away from the story. With just a little bit of regret, I finished this one sometime after dinner tonight. I only say regret, because now the story is over, and I’ll have to face reality and work on other projects I neglected today.

Finding a book that is good you can’t seem to put it down is one of the many things I’m thankful for, and something I wish happened more often for me.

What are some books you’ve read that this phenomenon also happened? My upcoming reading list is a little empty, and I’m open to suggestions for what to read next.

Responses (6)

  1. I definitely felt the same way about both of those books, but perhaps especially Ready Player One. I loved it so much and wanted to know what was going to happen at the end, but at the same time I didn’t want it to end.

  2. Joe Babbitt says:

    Ready Player One lasted about 3 hours with me. I couldn’t put it down. And it’s already been licensed for a movie. A book that is absolutely made of win? The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I offer that as a gateway to geeky more than I do A Game of Thrones, which has HBO backing it. That’s how awesome it is.

    • Katy says:

      Seriously, it’s going to be a movie!? That’s awesome, and I’ll have to add it to my list of things to watch out for– this news kind of made my day. 🙂
      I’ll have to check that one out, and hopefully it won’t disappoint.

      • I second Joe’s recommendation for The Name of the Wind (as well as the second book in the trilogy. The third isn’t out yet). It’s hard fantasy, but it’s written in a different way than most hard fantasy books. I’d also highly recommend David Anthony Durham’s Acacia trilogy in that same genre.

        • Katy says:

          Well, it looks like a trip to the library is in my future once I finish 11/22/63, the November selection for my book club. Thanks for seconding Joe’s recommendation, and for the other suggestion (which I think was already on my list of things to read).

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