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For a lot of years I just didn't read before bed - I watched movies, or got online. But since Eleanor came on the scene and my reading options got much more limited, I've rediscovered reading in bed.
I have to be very careful about what books I choose though. Too vivid? I get nightmares. (Hello Hogwarts dreams). Too boring? I fall asleep early, wasting precious book time. Too interesting? I stay up late reading, wasting precious sleep time. It's a tricky balance.
But if I pick correctly I generally end up having 3 or 4 evenings a week where I can enjoy a book before bed. I've found the best option to be narrative nonfiction. Craig Taylor's Londoners is a perfect example - interesting essays, but short chapters, so I could read a handful before dozing off. I also read City of Scoundrels over the course of several evenings. My current bedtime reading is Tony Horwitz's Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before. It has rather long chapters - so I usually only manage one a night, which is why I've been reading it for almost a month now.
Part of me wants to sit and read a big chunk of Blue Latitudes some afternoon, just because I don't like taking so long to read a book. But the other part of me has realized that it's pretty perfect bedtime reading, and I might as well enjoy it! Plus I keep having dreams about tropical islands, which is much better than Hogwarts.
Do you read before bed? Do you get nightmares easily?
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