I'm reading "The Concubine's Daughter." It's a good book, but I usually tend toward books where nothing really happens; a look into someone's life like being a fly on the wall. I read those kinds of books because I don't like tension. I don't read scary books or mysteries, nothing with action; no tension. "Concubine's Daughter" is a look into several Chinese women's lives in the earlier 20th Century. But because it is a portrait of the plight of women in those times, it has a lot of twists and turns and people die and run and get captured, which causes me tension.
My husband was noticing last night how far I was in the book and didn't think I should read the last page because I was so far along. I gave him a synopsis of the book and he said "or you could read the last page." It was exhausting telling a five minute version and I think I exhausted him, because he turned over and fell asleep. Of course he could have just turned over and fallen asleep because he gets up at 4:00am, but I think the brief synopsis must have made him extra tired.
This is the book that kept me awake a few nights ago because it was sad and heart wrenching. Things just keep happening. I know it's going to turn out okay because the back cover says so, but getting there is keeping me awake. I usually don't read during the day because I'm busy, but I may just have to sit down today and finish the book. Then I'm going to need to find another book, maybe one I've read already, just to bring me down. I may even have to resort to a "People" magazine.