Confessions of an Addict [40]: Tantric Reading


Tantric reading: a state of stupefaction, hypnosis, and immersion in the printed word.   When the real world just fades away and the novel transports a reader to a time suspended, and they become witnesses to an event unfolding before their eyes. Some books have this wondrous ability, and  some books can pull time in a taffy-like motion that all a reader want to do is to go back to that moment before they picked up that book in the first place.  Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve had the time and dedication to just sit in one spot and read for hours.

According to Guiness World Records, the longest time a person has spent reading is 113 hours and 15 minutes. He read 17 books from 13 different authors in one sitting. That’s reading aloud. I wonder if he had any voice left after his attempt? This had me thinking about how nice it would be if we had no distractions in life. If our kids aren’t coming to us constantly with demands that we feed them, or help them find a missing shirt or socks? Or that we all have the capabilities to ignore all the basic body necessities such as eating, drinking and going to the bathroom?

Indeed, it would be easy, isn’t it? If we don’t have responsibilities or if life is one big vacation? This week, I’ve been trying to do just that. Unfortunately, none of the books I brought with me is holding my attention. It is now fourth day of my vacation. I have not finished a book. But I’ve not lost all hope. Today, we’re driving back to the city where I’m more comfortable reading in my bedroom.

I suppose there are so many factors for achieving that reading zen. But real life is one big distraction. It’s almost impossible to say, ” I read this book in one sitting”. Like, literally ONE SITTING. Where you don’t move from your spot to go have a drink of water or use the bathroom facilities. Unless you’re hooked up to an IV and sporting a comfortable caterer, I suppose all you can say is, “practically in one sitting”.

When was the last time you were in a “reading nirvana”?


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  • lornak99

    Now that I am older and retired, I don’t have as many distractions as most people have. So when I find a book I can’t put down, well then I don’t put it down-except for meals and bathroom breaks of course.

  • Christy

    The only time I think I’ve read a regular size book in one sitting was while traveling. Even then I had to take breaks. I like to watch out the window a lot, instead. But I finished 50 Shades during a 4 hour car trip… I should’ve just stared out the window, it would’ve been more entertaining.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever been in a reading nirvana, I get distracted too easily and I can’t fully relax into the moment without needing to go to the toilet 10 times a day or getting hungry. When I’m on vacation, I get tired from the travelling too so I don’t read as much as I would like. If only!

  • I’ve noticed that while vacation is the perfect time for R and R, it doesn’t always lend itself to marathon reading, especially when there might be tons of distrating sites and shopping … 😀 I hope the reading picks up when you are back in your own bed!

  • My last reading nirvana was probably last week Saturday when there was no one but my mum and me at home, and she was busy working downstairs. I curled up in my room and read until I finished a book I had been meaning to read. But I also went to the park once to read Fairest and finished the whole book in one sitting.

    But the thing is, sometimes I like that we have distractions. I mean, without them reading time wouldn’t be so valued by me, probably, and it reminds me that reading is my own little escape from all the noise of life too.

  • I’ve been in a bit of a slump the past few weeks, actually, doing more blogging than reading, all frantic to catch up with what I missed when on the Trail. I did get in a nirvana reading state whilst hiking, actually, where I was actually walking while reading! I couldn’t stop myself from reading, but my group needed us to keep walking!! Needless to say, I tripped over roots quite a bit.

    • Lol. That’s pretty tough. I can read during car rides, but not while I’m walking. Unless I’m listening to an audiobook, that is. 🙂

  • Daniel @ Sporadic Reads

    It’s super hard for me to reach reading nirvana, where I can really forget everything around me. It happened a couple of years ago when I devoured the Gone series by Michael Grant, but overall, not often at all. Distractions have become too, well, distracting!

    • Love, love, love that series. Not a lot of people like them because they’re super intense, but I’m glad i’ve found a kindred spirit in you!

  • I usually like reading a book a day, but I don’t think that’s really a nirvana phase like the record breaker did.. I never read out loud, I binge read three backs two weeks ago though 😀

    • I can only finish one book a day if it’s a romance novel. But I always say, reading is reading. So it doesn’t matter what I read as long as my brain gets an exercise. 🙂

  • My goodness! You sure hit paydirt with this topic! Even though we tend to blog about books, it’s not very often that we can actually do so in one sitting. I haven’t done it in years, in fact, but I sure wish that I could. Reading a good book totally relaxes me from the stresses of life, so I can escape and learn things. But there are those moments when every single book I choose to read, just doesn’t hit the spot, so I stare in space, or maybe read a cookbook, or possibly enter a contest, or perhaps I’ll just reach out to a friend to see what they’re doing. I finished Steve Berry’s latest The Patriot Threat and was totally into the book. I don’t know how, but he manages to weave history into thrilling suspense until you’re on the edge of your seat. Spy novels are my thing right now, and I hope they continue to be my mini-escape for a just a little while. Hang in there Joy, you’ll find something fun soon. Hugs…your friend

    • Thanks! I tend to get addicted to romantic suspense novels, so perhaps I should just stick to what I know. 🙂

      Thanks for coming by!

  • It’s been a really long time since I’ve been like in a reading stupor. I’m searching for it, frantically. That feeling. Got any book suggestions?! Great post, Joy!

    • Don’t know. How about keep going with Penny Reid’s books? I’ve been ensconced in her books for days. Thanks to you!

  • I’m sorry none of the books you brought with you on vacation are holding your attention Joy! I hate it when that happens, and it seems to be happening a lot lately. I did finally just finish one that I couldn’t wait to pick up each night, so that was exciting. I hope you get your reading groove on once you’re home!!!!!

    • I know. Sigh. Keeping the hopes alive, for sure!

  • Hugs. <3 Gorgeous post sweetie 🙂 It's been a while since I read and fully loved a book. But think that was Illuminae in the middle of May 🙂 It was so perfect. Sigh. But reading a whole book in one sitting.. yeah, not happening, lol 🙂 I need to pee way too often, hah. But aw, I'm sorry you haven't felt like reading for days. That happens to me way too often :p Hope you'll have better luck at your house 🙂 Happy reading sweetie. <3

    • I can see why Illuminae would’ve been close to paradise for you. You’ve been jonesing for that book for months!

  • Reading aloud for 113 hours? I was like, I could read for days on end! And then I saw the out loud part and I froze. Didn’t he lose his voice or something? Wow. As for losing myself completely, it takes a lot for me to achieve that. Like, a really truly awesome book. Maggie Stiefvater usually gets me there, as does Brenna Yovanoff and several others, but those books are few and far between.

    • He must’ve! Yovanoff’s work is still a conundrum for me. I haven’t quite broken the code. Maggie’s books are amazing! I don’t doubt that she does that for you. 🙂

  • My voice would crack way before that

  • I was recently in reading nirvana yesterday after work! Kate Daniels is just such an awesome series and I finished the 6th book. I do love the feeling that I don’t want to put a book down. This has happened with Sandra Brown’s books quite often. She writes those darn cliffhanger chapters that are soooo addictive! I hope you find something to hold your attention, Joy. 🙂

    • Oh shoot. I need to continue on with that series! I read the first one, but didn’t really have the urge to read the proceeding instalments. Oh and yes! Sandra’s books has that ability, too. 🙂