Question: Have You Ever Played Hooky To Read?

Posted March 5, 2015 by Carmel in Question / 47 Comments


Confession time! But first, I feel like this post should come with a disclaimer, so if there’s even the remotest possibility that your boss might see your answer if you leave a comment, and you could jeopardize your job as a result, ZIP IT. Ok, now that that’s done with I’d like to clarify that this question isn’t just aimed as those of you who are gainfully employed, school counts too, as does bailing on driving your kids to swimming / guitar / karate / etc lessons, and telling your BFF that you’re too sick to go out on a double-date with her because you already have a fictional one planned with your current book boyfriend.

My most recent example happened in March 2013 when J.R. Ward’s LOVER AT LAST was released. Wow! That’s nearly two full years ago, someone’s been behaving themselves. Hehe! To my utter dismay I had to go to work on the Tuesday because of a meeting, but playing hooky on Wednesday was a foregone conclusion because I’d waited sooooo long for Qhuinn & Blay’s happily-ever-after that one more minute might very well have been the death of me. So, I called in sick, brewed a pot of coffee, and read, and read, and read until I collapsed into fan-girl bliss. Or at least, that’s how I like to pretend that it went down when in reality the 11th BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD installment wasn’t the 5 star experience that I’d anticipated.

I almost did it a second time exactly one year later when THE KING hit shelves. I woke up at 2:30 AM, waited until 3:00 AM when the novel was actually available to download on my Kindle (Amazon runs on PTβ€”lesson learned), dove in, and promptly fell asleep a mere two hours later because, well anyone who’s read it knows why. LOL! I clocked in at my usual time that morning, and finished the book a week later.

Have You Ever Played Hooky To Read?

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47 responses to “Question: Have You Ever Played Hooky To Read?

  1. Lol, Carmel, you have me laughing my head off! My sins all take place at night. If the book I’m reading is good, I can’t stop. Twice I read all through the night and got off the bed at 6.30 to make breakfast for the family and start the day. Needless to say, it is quite tough to get through a day after you’ve spent the whole night reading… But there are books that are *so* worth it! Have a good one <3
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  2. In junior high and high school, my mom would call me out sick one or two Fridays a month so that I could binge read. The school did catch on, but they could never prove any wrongdoing. So long as I kept my “A” grade average, and my attendance up the rest of the time, there wasn’t much they could do. I loved those 3 day weekends. And YES, my mom is AWESOME. πŸ™‚
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  3. Short answers is no. I always have been a person who followed the rules a bit of a goody two shoes and I wouldn’t and couldn’t skip school or work to read. My mom was very strict when it came to school and I have went to school sick a few times as I wasn’t sick enough, only a fever or vomitting counted as sick enough. And those are both difficult to fake. I have stayed up late a few times and I have done a little les shomework then I could, but I have an absurd amount of discipline and usually finished my homework first. And nowadays I am too much of a workaholic to skip my work to read, although I might slip one more chapter in during lunch break if I take one. I gues that comes with having your own company.
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  4. Lucia from Reading Is My

    LOL, I love this post so much, Carmel! I enjoyed reading it immensely while drinking my aftrenoon coffee πŸ™‚
    Aynway, I have never missed work because of books. Calling in sick would mean shortening my vacation days. But I used to play hooky all the time when I was studying at uni. The most memorable time was when I got hooked on Discovery of Witches by Diana Gabaldon in 2012, I could not concentrate on studying and had to postpone my exam for later date. It was more than worth it πŸ˜‰
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  5. I don’t blame you for playing hooky for BDB…we waited so long for that book! I’ve been very tempted but have never done it! I have however sneaked in a few chapters at work here and there…LOL When it comes to work I try to save my days off for vacation or when I’m sick, but it would be great to call in sick one day just to stay home and read…especially on a day like today when it’s snowing! Great post πŸ˜‰
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  6. I have gone to work with no sleep at all before, but I’ve never taking the day off or called in sick to read a book, and it could have a lot do with the fact that if don’t work I don’t get paid…LOL
    One thing you can bet tho. it’s that I’ll be hooked to my phone every brake I get, and there’s no talking to anyone that day..LOL
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  7. Anonymous  

    The last time I played hooky (though really there’s some question as to whether or not I can actually play hooky when I work from home) was for KMM’s Shadowfever. After the end of Dreamfever there was NO way I was waiting another minute to see what became of Barrons!!! Barrrrrrroooooonnnnnssss:)

    And as much as I love Blay and Qhuin, I was a bit disappointed in their book as well. I didn’t feel the romance between them at all – all they did was have angry sex! Give me a few sweet scenes at least. And don’t forget the lube JR Ward….ouch πŸ˜‰

  8. I’ve never played hooky but I’ve sneak read a book at work before. My last job (will almost no firewalls) I would read books on my computer all the time. I downloaded the Nook app for desktop and would read books that way or if I had PDFs for review. Of course this was before I really go into audiobooks. LOL
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  9. I’m a Desperate Housewife so I don’t have a problem about not going to work… But I have played hooky with my friends… I hope they are not reading this… Couple of times… we were supposed to meet, but the book I was reading at the time was so good I called to cancel saying I wasn’t feeling well or something like it… I know… I feel bad doing that… but… awesome books!!
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  10. Mogsy from BiblioSanctum  

    Once I became so engrossed in a book I completely lost track of time, and as a result it was too late to make dinner for my family. I called my husband and told him I was feeling out of sorts that night so I didn’t want to cook, and to ask him to pick up some take out. Does that count? πŸ˜›
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  11. I’m completely guilty here but i’m not all that bad either. I haven’t skipped work yet to read and I haven’t turned down a shift to read either (although i’m always tempted) but I have missed some of my earlier classes to finish books and gone in midday. Let’s just say i’m notorious for my ‘morning headaches’
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  12. Luckily, I haven’t had to but if I did it would have been for Lover at Last. Nothing was going to stop me from reading that immediately!!

    I did start Mockingjay right a midnight and pulled an all nighter but again – I wasn’t missing work or anything because of it.

  13. Danielle

    100% yes! Which is why, when I was in school, I didn’t read. Because I never would have gotten any work done.

  14. I haven’t played hooky due to reading a book in years. I think the last time was for the Chronicles of the Warlands Series by Elizabeth Vaughn. I ended up staying up all night reading and at 7am when I was supposed to be getting ready for work, called off sick and finished the last part of the book I was on. But again that was years ago… Now I just schedule time off better. πŸ˜‰
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  15. LOL that’s a good question but I confess that I didn’t. I’m always trying to go to work or before to school so no but that’s an idea even if I think I won’t do that. But mybe it’s different because I’m doing a Ph.D. so it would be complicated to miss a day but last week I was really sick and I did read all day long, it was so nice!!!

  16. I often skipped lectures at University to read. My most memorable time was when the last Harry Potter book came out. I began reading it at around 6 that evening, I read throughout the night, went to bed at 5 a.m. Woke up five hours later, by which time I had skipped two lectures. Continued reading, thus skipping another 2 lectures. I finished at around 8 that night. I then went to bed and was way too tired to go to any lectures the next day! πŸ˜€

  17. I have been so tempted to do this, so many times!! But, I haven’t quite been able to bring myself to. Unless I have a slight cough, or maybe I don’t feel *quite* well, and maybe I might have to take a sick day to rest up (and if I happen to get to read, well … I am sure that is just a coincidence, right??) πŸ˜‰
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  18. I guess I’ve done that a couple of times, indirectly. My boss at my last job knew I had insomnia and would sometimes call out because of it, so I may or may not have called out after staying up all night to finish a book! I’ve never called out to read, but love the idea!
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  19. Aurian  

    Nope, I have read deep into the night often, but the next day I am just a zombie at the office. I have taken the day of though to read, or just the afternoon.

  20. I’ve only been an hourly paid worker in my lifetime and I just can’t seem to sacrifice money for 8 hours of reading. I will, however, entertain the idea once I get salary :p

    Personal days indeed.

  21. When I was in high school (maybe grade 12?), the release of The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong was on a Tuesday. I went to school as usual but I was too keyed up to pay attention – I skipped out at lunch, took the bus to Chapters, then read the whole book before my work shift at 5:00. Haven’t done it since, but honestly it was really fun! πŸ˜€
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  22. Okay, I must admit: I’m guilty of this one. πŸ˜‰ It wasn’t for the sole purpose of reading, though – I just remember one day (last year, I think? Or perhaps the year before…) I skipped school because I needed a mental health day, so to speak, and I spent the entirety of it rereading FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell, one of my favourite books. Definitely a good way to recharge + recuperate. πŸ˜€
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