Today’s question is suggested by Mae.
“I couldn’t sleep a wink, so I just read and read, day and night … it was there I began to divide books into day books and night books,” she went on. “Really, there are books meant for daytime reading and books that can be read only at night.”Q: Do you divide your books into day and night reads? How do you decide?
- ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera, p. 103.
Interesting question! My answer has to be "sometimes, but not always". And I guess it depends partly on the book, partly on me - what kind of stress level or mood I'm in.
There are definitely books that I would classify as daytime reading, and which I can't read (or listen to) at night. That would include books with complicated plots, lots of facts, heavy language structure, or too much violence or negative thoughts. At night I prefer a book which is entertaining, but does not require too much of me, intellectually or emotionally.
I'm less sure if there are "books that can be read only at night". A book that I can read at night, I think I can also read in the daytime.
I often find children's books good bedtime reading if I have difficulties relaxing ;)
(Illustration from Winnie The Pooh. Piglet dreaming of Heffalumps.)