Hello all! If the space/time continuum is to be believed, it is Friday! I’m not sure quite how we got here, but here we are. I’ve been suffering a blogging slump lately but I’m actually really excited for this post because I’m about to talk about one of my favorite moments from my reading life.
A few year back, I was very unhappy with my living situation, so most days after work I would go to De Vere’s Irish Pub for dinner. I’d have bangers & mash, a shot of whiskey, a pint of cider, and I’d sit at the bar reading. Who brings a book to a bar? ME. While it may not have been the healthiest way to deal with my terrible living situation, it kept me happy and reading.
I was living in a college town at the time and the bar would often slowly get busier and more crowded as the evening went on. But there I would sit, book in one hand, empty glass in the other. I often wonder what people thought of me as I sat there reading, because I show a lot of emotions on my face and when I am reading I know I can pull some very interesting faces.
But on February 13th, 2017, I had an Experience™. It was a Monday, which meant it was trivia night. Normally I tried to get out of the bar by 6:30pm on trivia nights because the place would get PACKED. But on this night, I barely noticed the passing of time. I was reading Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel and it had it’s robot hands firmly embedded in my soul.
At one point, I distinctly remember looking up from my book and having an almost physical sensation of being dragged back into a loud, harsh reality. The bar had gotten almost intolerably loud, but I hadn’t noticed because I was so deep in my reading. It felt like surfacing in a rushing river. I had never experienced anything like that before and I haven’t since.
I think back to that night a lot. I always knew that reading was an escape of sorts, a way to put reality aside for a time and go off on adventures with snarky assassins or well timed wizards. But that night, I truly escaped into a book. And that is my favorite thing about being a reader.