04 December 2009

Just one more chapter

Just one more chapter, then I will go to bed. I tell myself aloud almost on a nightly basis.

Then I get the end of the chapter and silently tell myself, okay now really, just one more chapter....

I can read for hours, and hours, and...before I know it, its 12:49 and I scowl because I have to work early tomorrow. Im not one of those people who do well on minimal sleep, in fact, Im quite a grouch.

I am one of those bodies who do exceptionally well after 7 hours of continuous, uninterrupted sleep (or 8, or 9, or even 10 on a rare loungable weekend luxury)

If its a good book its even worse! Oh but I do adore reading!! But I do not adore rushing around because I have ten minutes to make it to work and Im not dressed, havent eaten breakfast, and ohmygoditsnowedandIhaventwarmedthetruckupyet!
I dont want my mornings to be so hectic.

Damn you, reading addiction!

So, to alter this spiraling situation, I am setting up some boundaries, or rules if you want to get literal.

1. No reading after 8:00. I am balking at this (can you see my balking face?) And I want to argue my own rule, since reading helps me wind down for the evening, I usually dont even pick my book up until 8:30 or 9:00, but, alas. Okay, I see the dilemma. How about a compromise, no reading after 8:30? Good.

2. Wake up earlier in the morning and read. Except, this is the ONLY time when I read that I WILL fall asleep, no matter how entertaining the material....then I am late to work anyways. Cant I win?

3. I want to write more. Move over reading habit (no you are not being replaced) just learning how to share, because writing is an important hobby too that does not get near enough attention. Um.....I shouldnt mention that when I get on a roll, writing keeps me up until the wee hours of the morning.... (heheh, only once in a great while, and its worth being grouchy the next day)

What do we have if not something we can enjoy?
My top 10 list of books:

(in no particular order, and they have all kept me up waaayy past my bedtime)

1. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

2. 11 minutes, by Paulo Coelho

3. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

4. Berserk, by David Mercy

5. Perfume, the story of a murderer, by Patrick Suskind

6. What dreams may come, by Richard Matheson

7. Rose Madder, by Stephen King

8. Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, By J.K. Rowling (before she became so popular)

10. The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, by Douglas Adams (this book kept me up more nights than I would like to admit)

What are some of your favorite books?