5 Ways To Have Book Related Insomnia Or just another way to make your life harder, but so, so much sweeter

As you might have noticed, I have finally started writing discussion posts. It’s been a loooooong time that I’ve wanted to actually start, so I’m glad the huge list of ideas on my little notebook app is finally being put to good use (Hint: there are so much that I can’t actually see the real life stuff I wrote down on it.)

So this time, I’ll be talking about all those hours of sleep you’ve missed because of a book. Raise your hand if you have! (Of course you have. I can basically hear the chorus of you all shouting “aye!” from the future through the vortex of time while writing this.) Top Five Ways To Have Book Insomnia!

1. I’m reading such a good book I can’t pry my eyes or my heavenly soul from it

Well, okay, let’s be obvious here. Of course it was going to be this one! Do I need to elaborate? Every single one of you who’s reading this right now has been through this. Isn’t it great??? Not the next morning, though.

But it’s much more interesting to talk about all the other ways to not be able to fall asleep. Shall we?

2. Books are just so nice to think about, let me not sleep for 2 more hours

So you had to go to bed earlier. Perhaps you have an exam or a class tomorrow. Or a class to teach (as is usually my case). A smart person goes to bed early before such occasions, but you still find yourself twisting and turning, because you couldn’t have you just one more chapter and it’s really killing you to find out what was going to happen.

Really, wasn’t it worth it to just stay up and die in the morning?

You know it was.

3. Should I request that one or not? And the other one?

I don’t know if you have this one, but I sure do. Trying to keep my TBR below absolutely insane soul crushing amounts is hard as it is, so I try my best to think my decisions through when I request.

I mean, I’ve been trying. As of lately.

So what I’m saying is, that often when I look through NetGalley in the evening, it just stays with me, and I keep wondering, should I get that one? Or maybe I should just let it go? That has kept me up more nights than it should have.

I mean, some people don’t sleep because they’re wondering if their crush will like them. Just sayin’.

4. God save me, how should I start/finish that review.

I don’t know if you’ve had that one. Oh, who am I kidding, you totally have. I’ve heard more than one blogger complain about the fact that they don’t know how to even start this or that review. I struggle with this at least once a week. I’ve also noticed this correlation:

review easy to write

For those who don’t like maths and graphs: the better the book, the more scream-inducing the review writing process will be. I’m sure most of you will agree with this. NOW DON’T WE JUST WISH THERE WAS A SOLUTION FOR THIS??

5. Raging at <insert here>

There are quite a few things we could rage about. Be it a bad choice made by a character, or someone killed off that you really think shouldn’t have been, or even a terrible love interest of the MC. Heck, I’ve stayed up because of raging about bad sequels! (Although I will admit, the one that keeps me up most of the time is the terrible love interest or some really transparently bad romantic behavior of a favorite character!)

So, do you stay up a lot because of books? And what are your most common reasons? Share with me!

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Stuart Simpson
3 years ago

I really reading your posts! How can I share them on Twitter and Facebook?? There isn’t the usual links.

Erica @ Erica Robyn Reads

Oh my gosh, this post is perfect!! 😀 I especially like this one: “God save me, how should I start/finish that review.” LOL!

Erica @ Erica Robyn Reads

ALL the time! haha

3 years ago

I sometimes can’t sleep if I read a heavy story (maybe thinking of it, or just being scared afterwards 🙂 ) But all these things you write about happened to me hehe

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

Oh yes, I have most definitely lost sleep because of books! Usually because I don’t want to stop reading them lol. But I am also plagued with indecision sometimes about whether to request a book or not and have prob lost sleep just thinking about books too!

3 years ago

I wish I could read more at night. I have chronic dry eye and it physically hurts. I do wake up early though, and read almost every morning from 3 – 5:30 am before I go to work.

3 years ago

Yep. Prescription drops twice a day and OTC drops 4 times a day, plus 3 supplements hoping they will improve the “quality” of the few tears my eyes produce. Yes, I go to bed early, between 9 & 10 each night.

3 years ago

I would say 2, 4, and 5 are my case these days. I stay up writing and rewriting the order of book reading and reviews. I change the lists every week as my interests change. Not sure why I write them in the first place lol. I also love raging in general. So raging + books = many hours of not sleep. The best way to write a review imo is to just bang it out and forget it xD it’s been working well so far. But sometimes I feel I don’t do the book justice, even if it’s a… Read more »

3 years ago

I’ll have to check that out. Right now I’m confining myself to books that are highly portable and that I can read quickly. I also have to avoid China’s banned books list which is unfortunate because most of my faves are banned/questionable lol. I have Death of a Salesman on the list. I might do The Little Prince and Of Mice and Men. I also grabbed one of mom’s ancient (okay… theyre from like the 80s haha) short story anthologies and will try to read them on the plane or during my first couple of weeks.

Jackie B.
3 years ago

Yes to ALLLLL OF THESE! In particular numbers 1 and 4. There are so many times David has come to bed to find me asleep with my face in a book. Then he comes to take the book away and I (apparently) say, “Reading.” and I don’t let him take the book. But I don’t actually get up… I’m just still sleeping and defending my beautiful book. As for number 4– I think one of the reasons I’m soooo behind on book reviews is that I have a few of those life-changing books I still need to write reviews for.… Read more »

Jackie B.
3 years ago

Part of me masochistically loves pushing myself far past when my body wants to sleep in order to keep reading. I’ve done that for absolutely terrible books just because I love the feeling of reading late into the evening. It’s wonderful. I’m glad that I’m not alone in that! I love trying to manage my book clubs, actually. It’s a lot of fun seeing if I can convince one book club to read a book I recently read from another book club, or I know I will be reading in the future, or one from my TBR. It’s a good… Read more »

3 years ago

Yes that graph pretty much sums me up! I get the ‘kill me now’ vibe when struggling to get started on a new review! It’s been a while since I sat up through the night reading though…too many aches and pains these days in poor Chuckles bones!

Jennifer | Book Den
3 years ago

Oh, the agony of “I loved this book, and I can’t seem to write a review”. We need a solution for that immediately!

3 years ago

What keeps me mostly awake and reading is that I simply can’t put the dratted thing down because once I turn the light off and lie there – all I’m thinking about is what happened next. So I might as well read on… Luckily I don’t need much sleep these days!

3 years ago

Great article, by the way:)

Karen Blue
3 years ago

I sleep really good, so I wouldn’t say I have insomnia. I am guilty pf staying up later than I should to read just a little bit more. It is a real problem sometimes. Great post!

3 years ago

Bwahaha..so many yeses. I have two reviews to write and all I want to do is read. I am usually always sleep deprived because no matter how busy life is, I need to read and gosh darn it, if it takes until 2 am to do, so be it.

Ailyn Koay
3 years ago

hahah none of the above! my binged Harry Potter books because if I let it go my mom or brother would take it and not let me have it until they are done. So to avoid that, i stayed up alllll night to finish it.
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Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

How funny! Yes, staying up reading books is obvious, but you’re right that there are so many other ways to lose sleep over books too!