It’s been a while since I did one of these what with my self imposed hiatus but I am back on the saddle and hopefully won’t fall off!
Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm asked us to look at our ‘unputdownable’ reads which I have interpreted as books that I read in one sitting (or at least over one day rather than multiple days) because they just had something that whispered, “Do not sleep sweet Gerry. Sleep is for mortals.”
So here we go!
Yep. I read A Song of Ice and Fire in one day and I tell you.. it’s a beast but it’s an addictive beast.
The only reason that I could get through this behemoth was because I took it with me when I holidayed in Hawaii back in 2013. Yes, I also took this on a plane in paperback form (it was pre Kindle).
Me and my then boyfriend (it’s cool, he’s now my husband) packed our days with activities aside from the one ‘lazy’ day where I lounged on the beach/ by the pool/ in the garden with this book and several Mai Tai’s.
There was no holiday, no sun lounger and certainly no cocktails when I read The Cruel Prince. Just me, my sofa and a completely free evening. Bliss.
I read The Hunger Games on return from the Hawaii holiday I spoke about in point one and then, as soon as I could hoist my jet lagged ass out of the house, I headed to the nearest bookstore and purchased Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
I read this one on a Saturday afternoon and didn’t stop reading it until I was done that evening. Then, at what was a reasonable time to go bed, I picked up Mockingjay and finished that one too.
I stumbled into bed at dawn to a very bleary eyed partner asking ‘if I’d done it again’.
I started reading The Miniaturist on the train on the way to work one random day. Then I continued reading it during my lunch break. Then I continued reading it on the train on the way home from work.
Then, because my partner was away for work, I continued to read it while I did the household chores, cooked dinner, ate dinner and even when I was getting ready for bed.
I continued reading it in bed and despite my best efforts (they really weren’t my best if I come to think about it) I finished the book. It was about 3 in the morning and I got 3 hours of sleep before I had to get up to work. But get up and go to work I did unlike the next one…
Watchman was my first introduction to graphic novels and what an introduction. The movie, while actually not bad doesn’t and can’t convey the nuances and complexities that are within the novel. It doesn’t try but it can’t try because it would fail.
This is an incredibly layered, sad, funny, and at (many) times downright horrifying story with riveting characters and such detail both in the tale and the artwork that it needs – and deserves – multiple re-reads.
I was loaned this one sunny Sunday afternoon as me and my friend enjoyed our picnic and I started to read it when I got home. I continued reading it. I knew I could not put it down until I was done and that turned out to be 8 in the morning on a sunny Monday.
I called in sick all because I had no self control to put this down.
Disclaimer – that was years ago now and is not my current company FYI! Just in case anyone happens to come across this 😛
What are your ‘unputdownable’ reads? Have you fallen victim to the old ‘stay up all night’ routine or is that just me?
Come tell me all about it!