It's 3:00 in the morning and I've had an epiphany. Eating three double chocolate fudge brownies a half hour before going to bed is really not such a great idea.
Usually if I wake up in the middle of the night and can't fall back asleep I will pick up a book and after a paragraph or two my eyes won't stay open. For some reason this didn't work tonight, and I'm not sure if it is due to the strength of the brownies or the awfulness of the book I'm reading. And by awful, I don't mean scary awful or sad awful. I mean plain, old-fashioned, not an entertaining read awful. I find myself reluctant to name the book or the author, and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because now that I've written a book of my own I realize how much time and effort goes into getting published. Or maybe it's because this person is a knitter, and I feel some sort of displaced loyalty.
I've finished 83% of the book (I love that Kindle feature). Normally I would have given up on a book long before this. Life is too short to read a bad book, and there are too many good ones in my queue still waiting to be read. But I have really enjoyed previous books by this person, and I just kept thinking the next chapter would be better. Over and over again, until I now have just 17% of the book left and 0% hope of the book redeeming itself. All I know is it's a sad state of affairs when a book is so bad it won't even put you to sleep.
The last time I was this disappointed by a book was when JK Rowling came out with The Casual Vacancy. It was her first post-Harry Potter book, and remains solidly in the #1 position on my "Worst Books Ever Read" list. The only reason I finished it was the same reason I have now read 83% of my current book. I was sure it would redeem itself before the end. It didn't.
Given how much I disliked A Casual Vacancy, I felt like a sucker when I used my Audible credit to get JK's newest work, The Cuckoo's Calling. I think what intrigued me more than her book was the fact she had written it under the pen name of Robert Galbraith, hoping to hide her true identity.
In my opinion, this time she has written a winner. I enjoyed this book from start to finish. The story was interesting, the characters were well-written, and it left me wondering what had happened right up until the very end. In fact, the story was so good I'm hoping this is the beginning of a series featuring PI Cormorant Strike. (One word of caution. This story is riddled with bad language. It's easy to skip over offensive language in a book, but impossible when listening to an audio version.)
It's now 4:00 in the morning and I think the brownies are slowly losing their grip on me. There might be some hope of catching a couple hours of sleep before it's time to get back up again. I think my strategy should be to eat the remaining brownies for breakfast so there's no danger of them interfering with another night's sleep.