I don’t get that at all, anymore than “The West Wing”‘s alcoholic Chief of Staff Leo McGarry understands how people can leave half a glass of wine on a restaurant table. (Come to think of it, he and I think an awful lot alike, oenophilially (and Scotchily, Jim Beamily, etc))
There is no earthly way I could read a book, and then go to sleep. My imagination reels too much, because when I read, my mind is completely engaged with the book. Say I’m watching a movie on Netflix–“The Avengers,” for example. I’ll watch the screen and listen to the dialogue. Then the cat will jump on the bed, and I’ll look away from the screen, or maybe end up half-concentrating on brushing him. My phone might bleat or burble, and I’ll check a Twitter or FB Message or text when it does–if I’m reading, I’ll only check the message during a chapter break. If I have to go grab a fresh beverage or a snack, half the time I won’t even pause the movie before I go; not so while I’m reading. The cat is on his own.
It is far easier for me to watch an action-intensive film like “The Avengers,” then roll over and go to sleep, than it is for me to sleep after putting down even an unexciting book. (note: I really like “The Avengers”)
One of the benefits I get from writing this book blog is that there is so much post-reading work to do. I like to write reviews as soon as I finish a book, so I get to work. I open Word, write my review, edit it, re-edit it, and re-re-edit it–I have a propensity to write annoyingly long reviews, ergo all the editing. Thus edited, I then copy-and-paste my review to Goodreads. Half the time, I’ll re-re-re-edit the thing on Goodreads. While at Goodreads, I’ll download the book cover. Then I come here to Books and Movies and Crap. I enter the title, add the cover image, and paste the updated review here. Then, I’ll copy the review from here, and upload it to any publisher’s site I need to, and post the review on Amazon.com (if the title is already published).
Once I’m done with all the post-reading work, I can usually put on some music and go to sleep. Without that buffer? Not a damn chance, even if I could drain all those half-glasses of wine people leave on restaurant tables.
(Hey, you gotta love that I worked that in at the end. 😉 )