I have a problem. I am addicted to reading.
When I start reading a book I like, everything else stops. I carry the book around with me (this is usually on the weekend), snatching a quick chapter or two in between anything I happen to be doing. I stay up late to get through a book – in fact, I have been known to stay up reading until the sun comes up the next morning.
These days what with full time working, mothering and pregnancy-ing, I limit myself to midnight, or on the very odd occasion, 1am, to ensure I can actually function the next day.
And I get really grumpy if I get interrupted or criticised for reading my book. For me, my reading is my ‘Me Time’.
I don’t know what it is – I’m not good with self-control or denial. Probably why I am a bit of a chubba. I just can’t put a good book down, and I can’t stop buying books. This has become a real problem, because we live in a non-huge apartment, and our overloaded MDF shelving does not go well with the extremes of heat and humidity in Darwin. As a result, the shelves have started to collapse on one another.
Yesterday, Mr Moi bought me a Mother’s Day present – the new Sookie Stackhouse book, Dead Reckoning, by Charlaine Harris. At almost 300 pages, it’s not a long book, but it’s not a short book. We got home from the shops at midday, and I finished it by 8.00 pm. That’s a lot of sneaky reading in an eight hour period.
Books I read in April that I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (I just found out this has a film adaptation coming out soon. Interesting)
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (Read it in two days. Loved it)
I also re-read The Girl in Times Square by Paullina Simons, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (OMG read it. You will not regret) all the Twilight books except New Moon (my least favourite) and all the Sookie Stackhouse books I own – I think I have six of them (my vampire fiction appreciation is my sad little secret).
What will happen to me and my books when the new Sprog arrives? My lovely sister in law, also an avid reader, tells me I have to get my reading in during the nighttime feeds. But I’m just worried that I won’t actually be able to put the book down, and the next feed will find me still up, on tenterhooks about how the book’s going to end.
Do you have reading frenzies? Any book recommendations for me? I love a good book!