Welcome to my page of quotations about reading in bed and staying up too late reading — bibliomaniacal insomnia. Lifelong sufferer of said disorder. Depending on my level of tired, reading at bedtime either knocks me right out or keeps me up half the night. Either way, it’s delightful, most especially snuggling into bed early with a book on cold winter nights.
In the attic Christie was discovered lying dressed upon her bed, asleep or suffocated by the smoke that filled the room. A book had slipped from her hand, and in falling had upset the candle on a chair beside her… “I forbade her to keep the gas lighted so late, and see what the deceitful creature has done with her private candle!” cried Mrs. Stuart… “Look at her!… She has been at the wine, or lost her wits… She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” ~Louisa May Alcott, “Servant,” Work: A Story of Experience, 1873
We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind. ~Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life, 1998
Book lovers never go to bed alone. ~Author unknown, c. 1989
Describe yourself in 3 words: Reads in bed. ~Terri Guillemets, “The interview in my mind,” 1998
My two room-mates required sleep after eleven p.m. so I adopted the habit of putting up an umbrella to protect them from the light over my bed and reading until I was afraid to learn how late it was. ~Althea Warren (1886–1958)
Reading in bed is a gateway drug to writing in bed. ~Terri Guillemets
He retired to his bibliomaniacal bed… ~Thomas Frognall Dibdin, “The Drawing Room,” Bibliomania; or, Book Madness: A Bibliographical Romance, 1811 edition
I’m a bad girl — I read past my bedtime. ~Internet meme, c. 2017
Up late with books, reading in bed —
Up early with coffee, extra lead.
~Terri Guillemets, “Mocha & book eyes,” 2000
“Sleep is good,” he said. “And books are better.” ~George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings, 1999 [Tyrion Lannister
she has books in her lap
and ideas in her head
she has colorful dreams
when she reads in bed
Judith stood before her little library in the dark November dawn, with a candle in her hand, scanning the familiar titles with weary eyes… These last few days she had taken to waking at dawn, to lying for hours wide-eyed in her little white bed, while the slow day grew. But to‑day it was intolerable, she could bear it no longer… She would try a book; not a very hopeful remedy in her own opinion, but one which [those] who were troubled by sleeplessness, regarded, she knew, as the best thing under the circumstances. ~Amy Levy (1861–1889), Reuben Sachs: A Sketch, 1888
Books at bedtime, most enchanting
Half-asleep, dipping our cozy feet
Into fantasy and dreams so sweet.
Bedtime reading is a doorway to dreams. ~Terri Guillemets
I am a bookworm, old and crusty,
Thro’ midnight hours my pen I ply.
Be there an ancient parchment dusty,
The man to wipe that dust, is I.
~Gilbert à Beckett (1837–1891), Three Tenants [Quoted character: Mr. Grope, a Gentleman in search of quiet. Three Tenants is a petite musical comedy. This wording is from the 1897 script.
Reading in bed jumpstarts dreams. ~Terri Guillemets
Which shines brighter — the candle or the book? ~Terri Guillemets, “Night reading,” 1989
Reading in Bed Quotations
Original post date: 2015 Jul 9
1st major revision: 2018 Jan 2