Who hasn’t gone to sleep while reading a book? Have you ever thought about giving it a try when you’re having a hard time getting some sleep at night? It’s a real trick. Jump into something that’s not interesting. People at the University of Michigan Medical School who specialize in behavioral sleep medicine say that you should pick something that isn’t very interesting. It makes the “perfect conditions” for sleepiness to happen. Check to see if it’s a good old-fashioned paper book, too. The light from e-readers and other devices keeps the brain awake, so it doesn’t go to sleep
Books about esoteric subjects are obvious, but what about books that people actually like? Books that will make you sound smart when you tell people what you’re reading at night? There are a lot of books to choose from, and the ones that help you fall asleep will be different for each person. We did some research and testing, and we think we’ve found a good group of books to listen to while you sleep. It’s not meant to be mean to the authors or anyone else who loves these books.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)
A lot of people think this book is about the wild, carefree, and radical Beat Generation. But it’s actually very boring and not very interesting. Another title for it could have been “The Long Newspaper Article about Hitchhiking and Traveling in the United States in the Post-World War II Era,” but that’s not the best one.
Dean came over to my house for supper one night and leaned over my shoulder as I typed quickly. “Come on man, those girls won’t wait, make it fast.” In the book, I said, “Hold on just a minute, I’ll be right back with you when I finish this chapter.” It was one of the best chapters in the book. On our way to New York, I put on my clothes. In the weird phosphorescent void of the Lincoln Tunnel, we lean on each other and yell and talk excitedly. I was starting to get the same bug as Dean, and we were all having fun.
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust (1913)
What makes it a real snooze: A kid lies in bed and stares at the flickering candles. He wonders when his mother will come into the room. There are things in the room that he pays attention to and thinks about. He thinks about how his mother used to be. This scene lasts for about twenty-four pages! If you read three pages of this book, you’ll fall asleep every night. Even if you only read this one chapter, you’ll get eight good nights of sleep.
When I was a baby, I would lay my cheeks gently against the pillow’s soft, plump cheeks, like the cheeks of a little girl who had just been born. There are other ways I could look at my watch. I could strike a match. It’s almost midnight. It is the time when an invalid, who has been forced to start a trip and stay in a hotel, wakes up in the middle of the night and sees a streak of light under his bedroom door. Oh, what joys! It’s morning now. There will be servants in a minute. He can call and someone will come to take care of him. This gives him the strength to keep going through the pain. They come closer to him, and then fade away. He is sure he heard them. The ray of light under his door has been put out. It’s midnight, and the gas has been turned off. The last servant has gone to bed, and he has to spend the night in agony alone.
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962)
A lot of people don’t like this book because Vladimir Nabokov was smart and liked word games. This book is basically him playing his own word game. In the beginning, there is a very long poem that is 999 lines long. Then, there is a story that tells a little bit about the poem. Is it even possible to say anything like that? It more than likely doesn’t have a linear plot that is easy to describe. The genius, Nabokov, may be having a good time with another hidden meaning while you, the normal person, are bored to death. You’ll be glad you chose the pillow over reading more.
When the waxwing died, I was its shadow.
When you look through the window, you can see a fake azure.
I was a smudge of ashen fluff.
lived on, flew on, and in the reflected sky, did what they did
I’d do the same thing on the inside, too.
My lamp, me, and an apple on a plate:
During the night, I’d let dark glass out.
Hang all of the furniture above the grass, then.
When there’s a lot of snow, it’s even better.
hid my view of the lawn and reached so high.
Make the chair and bed stand just like they should.
You can go out and play on the snow and in the snowy crystal land!
Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (1973)
Because the last 150 pages have made no sense, you might not want to keep reading. Most people read a book because they connect with the characters and build a friendship with them. The reason people read Gravity’s Rainbow is to be able to say that they read it, too. They often go on to write another book or long article about what they thought Gravity’s Rainbow was all about after they read it. A chain reaction of boredom.
Room: The night room heaves, yes, heaves, heaves. It is old-fashioned, but it is also quaint. Most rooms today hum, and have been known to “breathe,” but this is a “sinister” room. It isn’t done yet.
Frankenstein byMary Shelley (1818)
So many people have this book because they think it will be fun like all the monster movies. Reading a few pages makes it clear that it isn’t. It is so boring that you can’t stand it any longer. Until it goes to a thrift store, this book is a dust-collector on people’s book shelves.
My health and spirits were back to normal after a fortnight of walking through the woods. I breathed in fresh air and talked with my friend about our journey. Study had kept me from talking with other people and making me unfriendly. Clerval, on the other hand, brought out the best in me again. He taught me to love the beauty of nature and the smiles of children.
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851)
This is one of those books that people think they want to read until they start it, and then wonder what they’ve done. Some people love this book, but even people who read everything get bored by the whaling chapters. Even people who read everything get tired of them. Want to know everything there is to know about being a sailor on a whaleboat in the 1800s? This book is for you. Even so, we think you’ll be asleep by page 5.
The following is an excerpt from the text: “English people used to call it the Trumpa whale, but now it’s called the Cachalot in French, the Pottsfich in German and Macrocephalus in long words. It used to be called Trumpa whale, but now it’s called Cachalot in French, Pottsfich in German and Macrocephalus in long words. As far as whales go, he’s the biggest one on the planet; he’s also the most dangerous, majestic, and valuable. Spermaceti is the only thing that comes from him, and it’s very important in the world of business.”
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (1985)
In this book, Cormac McCarthy talks about every single plant and rock on the trail that someone is walking on. Page after page of well-written sentences about very little will make you fall asleep peacefully. It’s very good writing, but it makes you feel like you just went on a very boring trip.
They crossed the del Norte and rode south into a land that was even more dangerous. In the acacia shade all day, they looked out at that cooking world and kept their backs to the sun. The dust-devils looked like the smoke from distant fires, but there were no living things in sight. In the evening, they looked at the sun in its circus. They rode across the cool plain at dusk, when the western sky was blood-red. At a well in the desert, they got off their horses and drank face-to-face with them. Then they got back on and kept going. Dog: Glanton’s dog trotted behind the horse, its steps stitched together with the horse’s hoofs. The little desert wolves yawn in the dark.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1957)
A government that doesn’t let the heroes be as successful as they want them to be is what makes this movie a bore. The government is trying to stop people from being great and make them be average instead. What a great book idea! You haven’t been excited about reading over one thousand pages about how great capitalism is for a long time.
These are the men who live by force, but rely on those who live by trade to make their money worth something. They are the hitchhikers of virtue, and they will rise to power. In a moral society, these are the people who are bad, and the laws are written to protect you from them. People who use force to take money from people who aren’t armed are called criminals by right and looters by law by society. When this happens, money becomes the money creators’ revenger. Those who loot think it’s safe to rob men who aren’t armed once the law is changed. There is a draw to their money because other looters want to get it the same way they got it. Then the race goes to the people who are best at making things, but not the people who are best at killing. A murderer beats a pickpocket with force when that’s the only thing that counts. Then that society dies out, leaving behind a trail of ruins and death.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1878)
Tolstoy was a great writer, but his language isn’t what makes this book boring. It’s the fact that almost no one can understand how high society Russians lived in the 1800s, which makes this book boring. If you read a lot of old Russian books, you’ll find that women would die from fevers caused by shame and embarrassment. There’s no doubt that Anna has an affair, but how she and the other characters deal with this makes reading about it boring instead of exciting. This makes the book less exciting to read.
Princess Shtcherbatskaya thought that it was not possible for the wedding to take place before Lent, which is just five weeks away. Not even half of the bride’s clothes could be ready by then. Because an old aunt of Prince Shtcherbatsky was seriously ill and could die, she agreed with Levin that putting the wedding off until after Lent would be too late. Then the mourning would make the wedding even longer. Because the princess decided to split the trousseau into two parts, a bigger and smaller one, she agreed to have the wedding before Lent.