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One Night Stand, With a Book

Musing Mondays2

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?

The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha. It was the very first novel I finished in 2011, read it all on a day when I was in Penang, Malaysia. A mother sought out the killer of her son and established a relationship over correspondence in letters. But the truth of the murderous incident was nothing she had expected. I started off the book while having breakfast, read through it between attractions, on the funicular up Penang Hill, by the pool, and at the laksa (popular spicy noodle soup) stall. I stayed up half the night in the hotel room finishing it. The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox was another all-nighter. The literary thriller set in Victorian England was about a man’s mission to reclaim the bithright taken away from him. The sequel, The Glass of Time, which I’m reading now, is just as breath-taking.

18 Responses

  1. I can’t wait to read THE MEANING OF NIGHT. I’m so glad to hear you loved it!

  2. When a book keeps you up at night, I know it is good!

  3. I have The Crying Tree and now I really feel like I need to make sure that I read it this year!! Will have to dig it out of the pile and put it out front and visible!

  4. I don’t remember the last time I did that– not because I haven’t read any good books lately, I just get so tired at night!

  5. Room kept me up until I finished it.

  6. Honesty, it is rare that I can stay up late..work ya know!

  7. Bellissimo! What a wonderful blog!
    Greetings from Italy!

  8. The last one I can easily recollect is Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

  9. Oh I’ve read such good things about the Crying Tree; I have no doubt that it was an all nighter!

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