Friday, March 16, 2018

So Tired

I woke up tired.

But it was so worth it.

It was 2 A.M. when I turned the light off and rolled over to sleep for what I knew would only be about 4 hours.

I have been TRYING to sleep more because I am better on 7+ hours of sleep. I go, go, go all day, we put the kids to bed and then it's MY time. I hang out with my husband, watch some TV, browse Facebook and look at the schedule for summer swimming lessons for the kids. Before I know it, it is closing in on 11. Morning comes early.

Last night, again, I was convinced I was going to get a good night's sleep. I headed up at 10:30 to read a bit before bed. I was just going to read for a little bit...but 3.5 hours later, the book was finished. It was so good. I kept reading, waiting to get tired, but tired I did not get...I got more and more into the story and had to find out what happened. For those curious--it was The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas.  By about 12:30, I knew I was finishing the book before I went to sleep. I went to bed knowing today would be a rough one but I felt satisfied and full of a good was absolutely worth it.

That is the joy of reading--getting so caught up in a book that the clock doesn't matter. You HAVE to keep reading. You HAVE to find out what happens. That is the best.

This morning, as I made my sons breakfast, I told them how late I stayed up reading. I told them I read too much last night, and my eight-year-old with his eight-year-old wisdom said, "Mom, I thought you said there was no such thing as too much reading."

I stand my eight-year-old.


  1. You are not the first to lose a night’s sleep over that book. The late night reading was a staple of my life until a few years ago when I began feeling age creep up on me in earnest.

  2. I've been that person way more than once. That book is totally worth it! I love pairing it as a recommendation with _How It Went Down_ by Magoon. It's a shooting incident told from multiple - and I mean MULTIPLE - points of view. I swallowed it whole. Both did so much to shape my thinking about how stories get interpreted and how perception is so important in how we shape reality. Such. Powerful. Books.

    And, you timed it well! It's Friday! Sleep in tomorrow.

    1. I have read that one and you are right--it is SO. GOOD. Have you read The Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds? Another powerful read.

  3. I am envious. I use to be able to do that, but old age and fibromyalgia has gotten the best of me. I read and invariably fall asleep but not before I have read the same page two or three times!

  4. Yes, I have done that more times than I wish to count. However, I have not read The Hate You Give yet, but have heard so much about it.