Top Ten Tuesday Time! Ten Books for Readers Who Like to Be Kept Up All Night


This weekly theme is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

I, like many, suffer from bouts of insomnia.  The frequency has, fortunately, reduced greatly since I’ve had to become a functioning adult with a job and a 6:30 am alarm.  However, I sometimes find myself reminiscing for the days that I would, and could, indulge in reading-induced insomnia.  There’s just nothing quite like being immersed in a book when the rest of the house, neighborhood, world, is dark and quiet.

So this week, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top ten books that could, if I let them, keep me up all night reading.


I started Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin yesterday, right before bedtime.  It made me nostalgic for my less-responsible days, when I could stay up all night and not have a worry about consequences.  I’m now about halfway through the book, and all I want to do is keep reading.  I’ve already called my local B&N to make sure they have a copy of Something Blue for me to pick up as soon as I finish this one.


I just finished this one a few days ago, and it was a super fast read.  And yes, it can and will definitely keep you up all night, if you let it.  Obviously because you NEED to know, WILL SHE STAY?  Check out my review of this gem here: Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman.


I had this one on my Top Ten list from last week also, because, well, I just loved this book.  And it definitely will keep you up all night, even after you’ve already finished it.


These next two books kept me up all night in a completely different way.  Ohhh, The Shining.  Remember that episode of Friends where Joey keeps the book in the freezer because it’s too scary?  Yeah, there was a reason for that.  I remember I read this book on a road-trip family vacation when I was probably around 12 or 13.  Let’s just say falling asleep in hotel rooms while reading this book was just not going to happen while reading this book.


I read this trilogy in January, right before I started this blog.  And they are creep city, let me tell you.  Add to that an ill-advised viewing of Oculus (the scariest movie I’ve seen in recent memory) while I was reading the third book, and hello, nightmares.


So, I wasn’t one of the many people who stood on line at midnight to get my hands on these on their release dates.  I waited until they were all finished to even start the series, actually.  But once I did, there was no stopping me.  I binge-read until I was done.


I read this book in college for a Horror Fiction class.  (Which, can I just say, BEST CLASS EVER.)  It was long before Stephanie Meyer glamorized vampires, but after I had already read Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire.  So, I was familiar with the vampire myth, but it was still pretty fresh to me.  This is a classic for a reason, folks.  I’m thinking about re-reading this one next Halloween.


  1. Elizabeth says:

    I like this topic, too! The Shining definitely kept me up all night reading/scared… I read that one on summer break in college and I couldn’t put it down, had to know what happened.

    • says:

      I think we have the same taste in TV shows :) The Shining is pretty scary, but I love being scared!

  2. says:

    ME TOO. I read that book compulsively until there were just no pages left. Have you seen the movie? Obviously, I didn’t think it was as good as the book (I can’t really think of any movies I enjoy as much as their book counterparts), but it was definitely worth watching!

  3. Erin @ The Hardcover Lover says:

    OMG. So I was dumb in sixth grade, and stopped reading Harry Potter before I really got into it. I didn’t pick it back up until I was 22, but I stayed up all night to read them. I was only working at a pizza shop after graduating, so I would come home from the night shift, and read and read until I passed out. I loved them so much. :)

    • says:

      I did the same thing! I just couldn’t keep interest in a series that had such long gaps in between titles. But once Book 7 was released, I was like a full-blown hermit until I’d gotten through them all. Working in a pizza shop sounds like such fun! You should totally write a YA romance set in a pizza shop :)

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