What Bliss

by Ginger on November 26, 2012

in Entertain Me, I'm a Disaster

When I really, truly get into a book, time stands still. The world around me fades away, leaving nothing but the world on the pages in front of me. It seems, in many ways, like when Harry falls into the Pensieve…a book that I really enjoy surrounds me, envelops me, pulls me down into the story so that I feel a part of it. It is one of my favorite things about loving books, the way that they truly become an escape into another place.

Of course, that is somewhat problematic when I look up and it is…ahem…5 am when I finally come back to this world.

The book I was reading (The Drums of Autumn, Outlander Book 4) was good, but honestly, no book is really good enough to justify 1.5 hours of sleep when I have work, a 3 year old, and a commute. I mean, seriously, I am a first class moron.

And yet…

Maybe it was because I spent the last few days being utterly selfish in trying to recharge myself (ignoring email, phone, social media, etc. being a prime example), but it was just…delightful to let myself slip under the words for hours. To ignore the “shoulds” I knew I “should” do, to instead allow myself to be washed away into the story. Even knowing I was being an idiot by staying up, I couldn’t seem to stop myself, the pull of the world I inhabited stronger than my pull/need/whatever to be responsible.

I am paying for it today. I am so tired that I feel disconnected from my body. I owe all my parents phone calls (sorry family!). I have Jockey orders to place, and work to do, and I am seriously cross-eyed from the strain of just staying upright. And I know I brought it on myself, like a first class moron.

But, oh. To disappear into another world for a few hours? What bliss. However fleeting, what bliss.

Natalie the Singingfool November 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Me too, *sigh,* me too. I’ve had my fair share of “shoot I stayed up too late reading” days as well. Power through!

clara November 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Wow..admirable! I don’t think I have ever stayed up all night reading. I just fall asleep. I can’t help it. But..days after no sleep when no sleep is due to an indulgence that feeds your soul are waaaaay easier than days after no sleep when no sleep is due to something that sucks like illness or insomnia or alcohol overconsumption.

Erin November 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm

That is hardcore! You’ve got me rethinking the Outlander books. I stopped after the first one but think I may need to continue reading the series.

Megan November 27, 2012 at 8:18 am

Ugh, I’ve been there too! I get so into my fictional world I think I am superhuman and can deal with the tired day that follows my sleepless night. But it is pretty nice to be in that other world, if only for a while.

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