Hands up who has stayed awake way past when they should have to read just one more chapter?
Hands up who has tried to squeeze in reading just read one more paragraph while in the middle of doing something else (e.g. walking)?
Hands up who has become so invested in characters that their heart pounds and their hands sweat?
Hands up who has become so angry at the actions of a character in a book (whether the hero, heroine, villain or a secondary character) that they have wanted to jump into the book and rip, tear, shred and rend? (Yes, I'm channelling the basilisk from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.) *looks sideways* Or perhaps just give someone a few home truths?
Hands up who has started talking to their book, perhaps uttering the immortal phrase 'I can't believe you just said/did that'? And perhaps while muttering has been given a strange look by a passerby (please refer to the second point)?
Hands up who has become so invested in a book that you were dying to finish it while at the same time dreading its end?
Have I missed anything?
I felt that way about Keeping Promise Rock (Amy Lane) earlier this year. And I'm feeling that way about The Curse of the Mistwraith (Janny Wurts). *pauses* Come to think of it, I don't think I wanted to rip anyone apart in Keeping Promise Rock...oh, actually I did (the stepfather). The ripping and tearing I want to do to certain characters in The Curse of the Mistwraith has to do with what happens to the clan women and children in the last two chapters. Yes, with my bare hands. I don't remember feeling this much rage when I first read the book, so obviously 'The Wall' has chinks... The jury is still out on whether this is a good thing or not.
What books have driven you to any (or all :) of the above?