By: Melanie | June 14, 2014 | (31) Comments

discussing through midnight

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.


Today’s DTM is in the literal sense because I kid you not, it’s midnight and I’m discussing my way through it. Yes, I am up because I left my homework to the last minute and had the joy of  speed writing everything. I really love myself sometimes for my affinity to do this. Actually, I must really hate myself because HELLOOOOO SLEEP DEPRIVED MAD WOMAN HEREEEE. Please excuse me for tonight, I am clearly drunk on abortion essays and women’s rights. I also have the right to rant so you’re going to listen to me rant. HAH. (That wasn’t even funny. What the hell Mel, shut up.) (Oooh that rhymes.)

Last year, many people would leave a comment on my blog along the lines of: “How do you read and review so much AND go to school AND do your homework?” This was back in the day where I didn’t have the awesome Celine and Larissa to help me, and I managed to publish nearly a post a day. Well here’s the thing, I don’t know how I did it. I’m quite sure I never got any homework from my old school (it wasn’t exactly a really good school) and when I did, it was something as ridiculous as: make a pinata. So yeah, there’s that. But hello… new school this year! This new school I go to likes to inflict pain on poor children like myself because when I finally do get home at 5pm (I leave the house at 6:50am), there’s a nice tall stack of homeworkiness for me to complete. I do not kid when I say some of my friends stay up till 3am finishing their homework because they’re even bigger procrastinators. BUT. That’s not the point. (This is what happens at 12am in the morning, I go off on tangents and have forgotten what I am meant to be writing about.)

When the hell do you read now, Mel? You ask. Today, I’m going to share some random facts about when I read and what happens when I read.

  • I do most of my reading now, when I am on the train on the way to and from school. The ride lasts  1.5 hours in total and I do manage to get a good chunk of the book through with. (Please excuse my terrible grammar and language skills, it’s late. Just sayin’ in case I haven’t mentioned it like 1000 times already.) However, this is only really rare now because there is this thing called friends and socializing. I sometimes catch the train back home with one of my friends who lives to the east of Victoria like me, and when I do, I basically cannot read. Why? BECAUSE I HAVE TO MAKE CONVERSATION AND NOT BE A TOTAL SOCIAL PARIAH EVEN THOUGH I AM ONE. It saddens me greatly, not that I don’t like my friend (maybe I don’t….fingers crossed she doesn’t read this), but that I now have even less opportunities to read.
  • The second time I read is before bed. So I wake up in the morning at around 6:20am. I get home at 5pm and I do homework and eat and breathe and procrastinate till 12am. So when I do my reading, I normally wake up in the morning to find my kindle/book either squashed by my body *cries* or splat on my head, because no matter how interesting the book is, I’m just too exhausted. BUT DON’T YOU GO MOTHERING ME ABOUT GETTING MY REST. I DO GET IT. DURING SCHOOL. Yep, I fell asleep during my elective class when we were watching Percy Jackson. True story guys. *proud beams* I am a perfectly fine human being. *nods*

Okay so through writing this blog post I realise I probably don’t get enough sleep and am slightly delirious and that I probably shouldn’t post this because I am not even sure about what I’ve written and whether it is even readable. BUT. In summary, in case nothing above made sense, I barely have any time to read these days and I am very sad about it and yeaaaaah.

Yeah no that made no sense. Oh well, DEAL WITH IT, PEOPLE.

(This probably goes down as one of my most retarded public moments. Wheeeee! I hope I have not embarrassed you, Celine and Larissa. Actually no I’m not sorry, you must deal with me. <3 you guys. )

What about you guys? When do you find the time to read? More importantly, do you have enough time to sleep? Because I sure don’t.

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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31 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (35): When Do I Read

  1. Celine says:

    Oh Mel. You’re so cute when you’re sleep deprived.

  2. HAHAHA! I agree with Celine. So cute. 😛 We’re like twinsies! I leave the house at 6:20 and get home around 5-ish. AND I have friends who procrastinate until 3 am! Except I get up at 5:30. 🙁 I try to get reading done BEFORE homework. I eat dinner at around 7, so I read before that and study after. 🙂 I can’t read on the way to school since it only takes 15 minutes and I end up falling asleep. 🙁
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  3. I agree with Celine, you’re so cute! I still hate you though *glares at empty chocolate* I would totally read on the train except my friends are like how you are now, 24/7 so if I try to read, I can’t because I get caught up in their excitement haha! To be honest, I don’t get that much homework that’s really compulsory. I should probably do more homework but right now I’m doing the bare minimum and teachers haven’t noticed yet. :3 So basically I read at night as well. Sometimes I just sit in my kitchen and read at night because I like being surrounded by food. ❤
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  4. Aww Mel, you’re hilarious when you’re tired, it’s cute to see you talking to yourself on a post, you should do it more often! I loved this, it’s like you’ve typed up and internal battle. I read on transport and before bed and sleep, nope, not enough sleep is gotten by me, I fail on that sense hugely, what can I say? I like being up in the night! 🙂
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  5. Crazy schedule, I remember those days, It will all pay off soon. I have two busy children so these days I read when the go to sleep at night, and I listen to audiobooks in the car and while working out and walking them daily. I have had to cut back a bit on the blog now that they are older because they suck up more time than ever.
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  6. It’s so crazy but when I used to work (7 am to 6pm) I use to be able to read 3-4 books a week. I used to stay at my desk during lunch and read for an hour and everyone there knew they better not disturb my reading time. Now that I don’t work, I barely read one book a week 🙁
    I do listen to about 3-5 audiobooks a week though so that helps a ton. I used to only read at home when everyone else was asleep, now as soon as I lay down to read, I pass out within 5 minutes. It sucks but thank goodness for audiobooks!
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  7. I read in between working, before I fall asleep, and even while I’m eating. I think when you really want to read, you’d find time. I’ve lost sleep over great books. I’ve forgotten to send email to a client because of reading, too. LOL! But it can’t be helped!
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  8. Baaaahahaha! This is the best post you’ve ever written. I’m cracking up over here!!! 😀

    I have very little time to read myself, plus I’m a slow reader. So really I only read 1-2 books per week, plus 1-2 audios. I really wish I could read faster AND that I had more time. But with a full-time job (plus a toddler which takes up my nights and weekends) my “free time” is almost non-existent. I really only read at night during the week, sometimes during lunch at work if I’m not working through my lunch, and on weekends when my son naps.

    Great (very entertaining) post, Mel! 🙂
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  9. Henrietta says:

    Sleep deprived is something we all experience, I guess. But when I’m sleep deprived, I can’t exactly comprehend what I read, meaning I’ve to read the same sentence over and over again – So. Not. Productive. *sigh* What helps with my procrastination is a process called the Pomodoro Technique. Maybe you can check it out.
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  10. Hehehe Mel it sounds like you are rather tired at midnight! Wow, it sounds like you have a really busy schedule. I read on public transport too and that is my down time to read. I try and read a little before bed too, but I usually get really sleepy.
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  11. It can definitely be hard trying to find time to read sometimes, but I usually make some time before I go to sleep just to relax and end the day on a nice note. If I’m lucky, I’ll make some time on the weekend if I’m not drowning in a pile of hwk. It’s definitely a balancing act!
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  12. hah, you made sense, don’t worry. I need tons of sleep. it’s kind of a problem; I just don’t know how people go on living life with such little sleep because I tend to get physically sick. But yeah, when I’m working and doing school, it can be difficult to find time to read. I used to read between classes but now school is online, which makes it a bit more difficult…reading before bed tends to happen every now and then.
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  13. Lyn Kaye says:

    I have to pick one: Plenty of sleep, or plenty of reading. Most of the time, I tend to read during my lunch break at work.
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  14. Oh gosh, I do not know how you do that. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND. I cannot function with little sleep. (Which is ironic, because I also have insomnia, but I just lie in bed and pretend I don’t. BUT STILL.) Ohhhh, you are amazing. And don’t you reckon nighttime inspires insanity?? I ALWAYS feel hyper when I go outside at night. There’s something in the night air, I tell you, makes a person looney. No wonder werewolves are two tonnes of furry psycho.
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  15. Oh, I’d totally be one of those kids staying up till 3 am finishing my homework. But then I’d get distracted by the computer and probably only complete all my work at 5. That’s how bad a procrastinator I am! T_T But ugh, it sucks that you’re so busy these days and have so little time to read. And about the friend thing: OMG I’m the total same. Even with friends around I’d much rather curl up in a corner and read and NO THANK YOU, I don’t want to talk to you now. But RESPONSIBILITIES. I’d just get a death glare from my mom if I didn’t socialize. Introverts are highly misunderstood people. We should change that.

    To answer your question: I read during mealtimes, like lunch and dinner (unless my whole family is around. I can’t read then), and before I go to bed. Sometimes I go to sleep at like 5 am and still spend about fifteen minutes reading before I basically can’t anymore. But you go, Mel! You must be Wonder Woman or something. I still don’t know how you’re able to churn out posts and read even with school being such a bitch to you; I definitely couldn’t, as seen by my super long hiatus.

    Even though you said not to nag, I’m still gonna, ’cause I care about your welfare. 😉 Or I’m secretly your mom. YOU’LL NEVER KNOW. Anyways, it’s important to get a good night’s rest, Mel, because otherwise you’d end up like this: (I had to upload it to my blog because I couldn’t find just the picture alone. Ugh, Google. The pic’s from The Machinist, about a guy who didn’t get enough sleep.) I don’t want you to turn into that, okay?! <3
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  16. Okay LOL I love the way you rant about how sleep deprived you are right now. 😀 I’m only seventeen so I’m still in my Junior Year (HS) and so I have experienced stress! I don’t have a co-blogger till now…sadly. I usually read when I’m in the car (It takes 20 minutes to go to school) or when I have time at home. I love jogging as must as I love books so after I run, I read immediately so I can rest my body. Then after that I start blogging…Oh my gooosh! I’m rereading this and it seems like I have no friends!!! :))))
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  17. Haha, although I really wish I could go without less sleep, I can’t. I can’t function like a normal human being if I don’t sleep at least 7/8 hours. You seem to be even cuter though :p

    I get my reading done by: on my way to school and back from school, time management and right before I go to sleep. Also: in the weekend! That is the time I read all the books (sometimes not though) I can’t wait to have vacation <3
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  18. Rashika says:

    When I was in school (oh those good ole days) I procrastinated a lot too but I usually didn’t have much problem getting everything done because despite what my mom thinks, I AM NOT COMPLETELY LAZY. I usually had more assignments than homework and we did get class time (occasionally) to get started so that helped (not really though because I ended up procrastinating in class.. sometimes I even stalked blogs during class because that’s how I roll. I also divided things up so I had minimal stuff to do each day and would read late into the night :’)

    You’d be really surprised if you saw my daily schedule when I was in school 😛 I took NAPS when I got home… in 12th GRADE! 😛

    You get your beauty sleep though, Mel! Your books know you love ’em.. and sometimes (ONLY SOMETIMES) they’ll understand if you’re just too tired 🙂
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  19. Jules says:

    I can definitely relate! In our school before, we had like highschool style military training every saturday (That’s just a sad thing, I mean, that’s the only day we get to relax 0.o) So this means that in the end of the day, I couldn’t even have the energy to actually read, even read. I just fall in bed, fast asleep. Hahaha, There was a time, where I tried to read, and I woke up with my ereader on the floor (I panicked of course :D).
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  20. Nara says:

    I definitely sacrifice a lot of sleep to read too! Since I do a pretty full-on course at uni, a fair bit of my time is spent studying. I have to admit, (oh man this is so bad) but sometimes I’ll even not go to parties and things because I want to read lol. #ragingsociallife

    I read before bed too! It’s convenient because reading in bed is super comfy and once I finish a book I can just put it to the side and go straight to sleep 😛
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  21. Zoe N. says:

    Goodness…if I were you, I wouldn’t have time to read at all! It’s a wonder that you’re able to read so much considering how busy your schedule is – my goodness! I personally read before bed and on the weekends.
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  22. Stephanie B says:

    Oh, gosh. You’re too cute. I usually read in the evenings and on weekends. I reserve mornings for HAVE TO things, otherwise I don’t get those things done.
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  23. Larissa says:

    Awww Mel c: You’re too precious okay!? I feel you on the sleep thing so bad omfg. Hoping you’re catching up on sleep haha

  24. I read everywhere–waiting in lines, at the beach, etc–but most especially right before bed! Which is why I’m always up all night, hah. I’m happy you have more reading time now that school’s over, Mel!
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  25. 1.5 hours! I usually take the bus to school – it takes roughly 30 minutes, so I don’t usually read since I don’t want to drop the book. Plus, it sort of hurts my eyes.

    Believe it or not, I’ve got asked the same question millions of times. Then I realized that all of my reviews now? They’re from books I’ve read months ago. Usually a month or so. Sometimes a few weeks, but those are blog tours, and last minute.

    I don’t get much homework so far… but I heard junior year (11th grade) is going to be the toughest. I’m sort on the hunt for a coblogger – no, a guest blogger who will hopefully become a coblogger. But I do get enough sleep! Among unfixed work time (usually on the weekends), homework, school and the joys of life. Which aren’t necessarily joys all the time.
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  26. Ella says:

    I still have barely a month before school starts again so I still have a lot of free time, but when school starts that’s when Ella the Sleep Zombie arises lol I attend grad school, and it’s the bomb. When I say “the bomb” it means I go to school and BAM! you go home with an armful of reading materials. So, I usually insert reading non-school stuff during breaks from class, before going to bed, and on my way to school. I feel lucky if I get to have 3 hours of sleep, and there are times I go to school with no sleep at all. But I don’t recommend doing this because doing so caused my anemia, so sleep whenever you got a chance. 😀
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  27. Emily says:

    AHAHAHA! HYPERACTIVE MEL! xD You’re too cute :3 I could just squish you and sorry for being late to this ahhh! I read on the bus rides to and from school too! It’s like an hour’s journey, and I’m a bit of a slow reader for my standards, so I just can’t get enough! D: So sometimes I read before I sleep too, but normally my mom makes sure I sleep by 10 or days when I have a lot of homework (ummm…everyday now?!) at 11.30! And you lucky girl!! No homework from school last year (except to make a pinata? :O)?? That’s so awesome xD
    Anyway, thanks for sharing, love, and do get more sleep yeah? ;D Though you’re pretty adorable as a hyperactive bunny still :3 *squishes*

  28. LOL, you are hilarious. I love sleep deprived, delirious posts.

    I have horrible insomnia, so I never get sleep. Like today for example. I had to get up at 5am to go to jury duty, then go to work right after when I got excused. I worked until 7:30pm. And guess what, this was all on NO SLEEP. I just never went to sleep the night before. I couldn’t. I tend to crash for about 2 hours when I get home, after dinner. But after that, I am not tired. So after I write my blog post for the day, I read for hours during the middle of the night. And maybe get one more house of sleep before I have to get up, which is usually 6am.

    But those weekends. OMG. I sleep forever.
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