I Can’t Put You Down – Yes, Kindle, I’m talking to You!

Reading a good book is one of my great loves in life.  When I find a book and start really getting into it, I fall in love and throw myself into with the passion of a reckless teenager.  You know when you first had those feelings and you swore to yourself you would handle them better next time because they were too intense.  Well that’s me. 

I’m not new to this feeling.  It has happened time and again and I face the feeling with mixed emotion – pure love and utter hate.  Because when I hit that stage of a book where I am 100% in, I find it hard to do anything else.  Forget my kids, husband, friends, family or au pairs.  Unless the house is on fire or someone is dying – I am busy people.  My justification is this – I rarely slow down so when I do, I consider it well deserved “mommy time out.”

I’m there now.  It happened again. Damn it!  But, oh, how I do love it too.  I’m reading the third book in the trilogy written by Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest.  I have my former Swedish au pair, Lisa, to blame thank for this current addiction.  Each of Stieg Larsson’s detective novels have captivated me beyond return.  They center around two main characters Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist and that is all I can say without drumming on for hours and detailing the sordid plot.   

So here I am, at 82% complete.  This is a new language I am completely comfortable with thanks to my Kindle which doesn’t actually have page numbers.  With every percentage point, I get more excited and a bit saddened.  Closer to knowing the ending and thus elated to having a little more control/dignity back and saddened because the love affair will soon be over. 

So if you must know, I arrived home last night after a dinner party picked up my Kindle and headed for bed.  I read until my eyes hurt. And then I got up again at 6:00am to pick up where I left off.  My husband caught me on the toilet at 7:15am with said Kindle in hand totally engrossed.  It’s that good – I couldn’t put it down long enough to even go to the bathroom.  Even Caroline had a good laugh over catching mommy on the toilet reading a book.

I brought it downstairs and hoped to sneak in a little more reading before going to work but alas had to put the good book down and face the day, feed and water the family and head off to work.  Tonight might be a replay.  Until I finish this book, I am a bit stuck so if you are like my kids and husband, you are hoping the process goes by quickly.  If you are like me, you are excited for the few moments of quiet when you can delve into a book with reckless abandon and enjoy a good read. 

For those less interested in “falling” for a good book here is a summary offered by Wikipedia. But for the rest of you, I highly encourage this read.  Of course, start with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, then go to The Girl Who Played With Fire and finish it off with The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest.  It’s well worth it. 

What book have you lost yourself in recently?  I am already on the hunt for my next book.



About samanthajanney

My name is Sam and I am a working mom who lives life on the run. Whether it is work related (I travel for business a lot), child related (two active school aged children with plenty of after school interests), au pair related (host mom to our 11th au pair), husband related (married for 11 years), sister, friend etc, there isn’t a moment that I don’t find myself running around trying to do it all. Some weeks are more successful than others (sorry friends and family if you have been on the receiving end of a bad week) but I believe in the 80%-20% rule! 80% of our lives are full of the good stuff, but it's the 20% of life's challenges that make me interesting because I'm the conflict resolution artist. Join me on the journey of self discovery, problem solving and attempts to get it right more often than not!
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8 Responses to I Can’t Put You Down – Yes, Kindle, I’m talking to You!

  1. Jessie says:

    I hear you–especially with this series! I couldn’t put down the first two and am hoping to pick up The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest soon. See you bright and early tomorrow!?

  2. Nat says:

    Love it. Still reading the second one and try to get some time in but it’s hard to do sometimes so I admire your focus!

  3. Amy Bryan says:

    I had the same issue with those books too–once I got to about the halfway point, I just could NOT STOP reading them; I can definitely sympathize! Looking forward to picking up the third, but sad that there will not be another to follow. 😦

  4. I am terrified to start these books. I am currently having an affair with the Twilight saga. I know that I am about 3 years behind every one else and I swore it would never happen to me but it did. So once my affair with Edward/Jacob is over I will take your advice. I’m not sure whether to thank you or not 🙂

  5. Barbara Heifetz says:

    I just finished Fly Away Home. Jennifer Weiner’s latest. I also fall in love hard with a good book and find it hard to do anything else. I did the same with this book and picked it up every free chance I got. During the last 30 pages of most books I basically write a do not disturb sign on me. My family knows not to bother me as I am in mourning for the loss of the characters I just enjoyed so much.

    Thanks for the tips for the new books and enjoy your private reading time whether it’s in your bedroom, bathroom or car! I read anywhere I can!

  6. michelle says:

    You have to start on “The Passage” by Justin Cronin. It’s even better than the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Your family won’t see you for a week. 🙂
    It’s almost 800 pages so it’s perfect for the kindle. It’s the first of a trilogy too so there’s a lot to look forward to.

    Glad I found your blog. I’m a host mom too. About to start on my second au pair from Austria. I have 4 kids including 8 month old twins. Reading is my drug.

  7. JUST got a Kindle for my birthday a few weeks back and I cannot say strongly enough how much I love it. I want to marry it. Me and Kindle, sittin’ in a tree.

    Haven’t seen my husband in bed AWAKE in weeks bc I slink in long after hours having stayed up in the LR with the latest read.

    Vacation in OBX next week. Me and the Dragon Tattoo. Can’t wait.

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