Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.
The topic for today (15/06/17) is: The Times I Got Caught Reading
Being an obsessive bookworm, chances are you’ve read books at times and in places you’re supposed to be doing something else. I know I have. ‘Get Caught Reading’ is also a reading initiative supported by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), with May being ‘Get Caught Reading Month’. I don’t live in the United States and neither is it May now, but I thought this would make a great post idea. Here are the “top three” (i.e. most memorable) times I got caught reading.
1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
This is my most vivid memory of getting caught reading. It was a math class in 7th grade and I’d injured my hand, so I told the teacher I wouldn’t be taking notes. I had borrowed the book from the school library and was very excited to read it, so of course I stopped paying attention and was reading under the desk. A friend ratted on me to the teacher, who took away my book, wrote about the misdemeanour in my diary and made me stand in one corner of the class for the rest of the hour. It was one of the very few times I was punished because I was more of a good kid with straight A’s kind of student. I still smile about the incident when I remember it now and I find that I’m not as remorseful as I should be for that because I was only reading a book (a good one at that too)!
2. His Dark Materials
I can’t remember which of the three books it was, but I had stayed up until 6 AM reading. My grandmother woke up to find me with my dad’s laptop and sleep-deprived eyes. I wasn’t reprimanded for it because I lied and said I just woke up (I’m sorry!). But there’s been many a time when I took my dad’s laptop and read eBooks through many sleepless nights because they were just that good! I’m slightly more remorseful for deceiving my poor grandma but I was on an awesome reading spree then and I don’t regret it.
3. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
A very kind friend had lent me her Kindle so I could read this book (this is an insane level of friendship for a bookworm). I took it everywhere with me and I used to read it under the desk even though I used to sit in the (technically) first bench in college. I never exactly got caught, but a few teachers did notice I was distracted I guess and one of them explicitly told me to pay attention. I’m so glad I was careful enough to not actually get caught because it was someone else’s book (okay, device) and I would be held responsible. Phew! But it also goes to show how unputdownable the book is!
Have you ever been hooked by a book that you took it with you everywhere, even where you’re not supposed to? Have any hilarious or embarrassing moments to share? Let me know in the comments section below.