Monday, February 4, 2013
Swept away by a book
I just finished reading The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey. It's a re-telling of Jane Eyre, set in 1950s/1960s Scotland, and I liked it, but not as much as the original.
When Matt and I did our European backpacking trip in 2001, I found a paperback copy of Jane Eyre on a bookshelf in our Swiss hostel. I had never read it before, and I was so captivated that I stayed up late for three nights in a row, reading in my twin bed by the light of a dim bulb.
The bookshelf had a sign that said, "take a book, leave a book", but I didn't have any book to trade, so I was determined to finish it before we moved on to another city. I had maybe 50 pages to go when we had to leave, so I sadly left the book behind and waited another week or two before we were back home in the States and I could get it from the library.
I'm one who easily falls asleep if I settle in to bed with a book, but there are a few books that I've stayed up late to read:
Harry Potter series
Twilight series (I know. Shut up.)
Rules of Civility
Any books that have swept you away? Or do you always stay up late to read?