We lose sleep for lots of different reasons.
Sometimes we even stay up into the wee small hours because we’re celebrating something fun.
But how often have you stayed up too late because of a book?
You start reading a novel and you get so caught up in the story — the conflict between the hero and the heroine, or maybe you’re wondering “Are they ever going to realize they love each other?!” — you can’t put the book down.
You think, “Just one more page. One more chapter.”
And suddenly it’s 2 A.M. and it’s also the end of the book.
You’re tired, sure.
But you’re satisfied with this happily-ever-after you stayed awake for. (And least, I hope you are. There’s nothing worse than staying up and getting to “The End” and being disappointed with how an author finished the story.)
I’ve often had to take a novel by Rachel Hauck or Susan May Warren or Siri Mitchell and set it off to the side so that I’m not tempted to start reading it. I know that once I open the cover and get past the dedication page, I’m a goner. I won’t put the book down until I’m all done.
What keeps me turning the pages?
- Characters who become real to me. I think about them as I go about my day, wondering what they’re going to do or decide about the problems they’re facing.
- Surprises that make me sit up and think, “I didn’t see that coming!”
- Truth that is thought-provoking, but is woven seamlessly into a compelling story.
In Your Words: What makes you stay up and read a book late into the night? When was the last time you read and book and thought, “I can’t go to bed now!” because you had to finish it?