Friday, February 24, 2012

The Book Hangover

I'm on deadline (eek) and just realized I didn't have a post for today. And no ideas, either (double eek). So I'm pulling a post from the archives (May 2007), but I think it's one of those timeless kind of blogs. AND, it's especially fitting because Lisa Lutz has a new Spellman book out this month (the fifth in the series--my, how time flies!), and I caaaaan't wait. Must finish my book so I can read hers!

By Heather

Tell me I’m not the only one.

You know the feeling. You wake up groggy, fuzzy-headed, bleary-eyed, and want nothing more than to pull the covers over your head and sleep for two days straight.

Why?

Because you stayed up too late the night before. No, not drinking or partying.

Reading.

You stayed up late reading.

This happened to me last weekend. I’d been gone Friday and Saturday at a book event, and got in at a fairly reasonable time Saturday night. Exhausted, I had big plans to cozy up in bed and go to sleep by eight at the latest. Me being able to actually go to bed this early is somewhat a miracle in itself, what with kids and their social calendars. However, my stars must have been aligned just right that night, and bedtime was free and clear.

Then I told myself I’d just read for a few minutes before I turned out the light and tuned out my husband’s PBS shows. Next thing I knew it was almost midnight—the kids had gone to bed before me, the hamsters were up and running, and I hadn’t slept a wink.

What happened? The Spellman Files  by Lisa Lutz happened. The book was a freebie from Malice and sounded intriguing. After initial hesitation over the “voice” of the book, I became entranced by the writing and with the story. It’s really one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. Unique—and that’s hard to say in this business. And no, I don’t know the author and am not being compensated for spreading the word. I just loved the book, is all.

And I have to say, it was worth the book hangover the next morning.

Tell me, am I the only one who has book hangovers? What’s the last book that kept you up most of the night, unable to put it down?