Book blogger hop: night time reading

I’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

When you settle in for the night with a good book, do you read until you can’t stay awake or simply have a nightly page goal?

My answer is that normally I stay awake until my eyes tell me otherwise or the clock strikes 11 PM, whichever comes first – at least during the week.  That’s because I have such early starts most days, later than that and I’m useless the next day.  Weekends I tend not to worry about how late I’m up – as long as my husband is happy to do daughter duty and let me sleep in that is.

Of course, there are exceptions to the rule and there are a few books recently that have kept me up way past my bedtime, including all three books I ended up loving last month (see my monthly update).  None of them I could put down.  With those type of books though I find I spend every spare minute every spare minute reading, night or day.

I never set a reading goal, regardless of the hour.  I just don’t like the pressure.  And if I don’t like a book or am struggling to stay motivated with reading it’s a pressure that I just couldn’t face.  Instead, if I have a review book, I will read it sooner rather than later and often way ahead of the review date just so I don’t have to panic read closer too.  Otherwise, books get read when they can and based on how much I am enjoying them.

How about you? Do you burn the midnight oil reading?


  1. I only have a page goal if I’m struggling to get into a book and it’s either a review book or one I think I’ll really like once I get into it and that’s more just to keep me from jumping around a lot. I tned to read until I’m flat out exhausted or until it’s close to midnight though that’s not so much on purpose. It just seems to be my cutoff. Lately though flat out exhaustion has been coming way earlier than midnight!

    1. I wish I could stay up till midnight…though I’m up by 5.30 most days so i need some attempt at beauty sleep.

  2. I read till I can’t keep my eyes open or it’s getting to late and I should go to bed, but some times I keep reading…lol.

    1. Sometimes you have to! Other times it’s the book that bores me to sleep 😴

  3. Sadly, yes… I’ve been known to read until the wee small hours if a book has me by the throat.

    1. Those are the best. It’s the next morning that Hurts!

  4. Good you can stay awake until 11. 🙂

    I usually fall asleep before I have reached any significant page number. 🙂

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    1. Any earlier feels,like a cop out though I don’t always manage it. I suppose page count depends on the book too. I read 200 pages last night but it was an easy read. Last week it took me all week to get through 500 pages!

  5. I usually fall asleep while reading my growing TBR pile.

    1. And hopefully dreaming of all the books yet to read…

  6. I read as a way of falling asleep a lot of nights. I enjoyed your blog and started following. If you have a chance drop my blog and see my full answer.
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    1. So much better than falling asleep to the TV. thanks for following. I’ll head over and check out your blog. Have a good weekend!

  7. I usually read until I feel sleepy enough to go asleep. It could be 10 pages or 200. I never have a goal, I just read till I feel done!

    1. I think that’s the best way. A goal for me is too stressful.

  8. My days of being able to stay up until all hours are now in the dim and distant past as I tend to fall asleep earlier now – my solution is to go to be earlier! Fortunately I’m a morning person so I sometimes read while waiting for the world to wake up.

    1. I would love to wake early and read. Unfortunately if I’m not up for work I’m up because my daughter thinks 5.30 is a perfect time to get up and there is no reading when she is up and about!

      1. The advantage is all my years of training by children to get up and be alert at the crack of dawn is I now have at least an hour to myself 😊

  9. I also have early mornings, so I don’t stay up late reading anymore. Perils of living an hour from my school.

    1. Early mornings are my enemy. I would love a later start.

  10. I used to read late into the night (or wee hours of the morning), but those days are long past. I do try to get some reading in before bed, but that often depends on my daughter. We share the same bedtime since I have to be up so early for work.

    1. I think my daughter would stay up later if I let her. She does fall asleep with a book in her hand though…which is nice.

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