book hangovers

#BookBlogWriMo Day 25 – Dealing with Book Hangovers

Posted 25 November, 2014 in Features / 0 Comments

Welcome to day 25 of #BookBlogWriMo! I can’t believe we’re almost at the finish line!

That feeling. You’re completely engrossed in a book, but things are starting to resolve themselves. Oh no. This is a sign it’s almost over. Not really wanting to know, you look down to the bottom corner of your ereader’s screen. 93% complete. Crap. You don’t want this book to end.

At the same time, you want to slow down to make the book last, and speed up because you have to know how it ends and you have to know now.

And then you finish. And there’s a big gaping whole in your heart where all the feels for this book are supposed to be.

What’s a book whore to do? (Hat tip to Penny Reid’s Sharks of Awesome for introducing me to the term “book whore.)

How to Deal with a Book Hangover

There are several ways to deal with a book hangover:

  • Make sure the next book you read is just as good as what you just finished. I’m not a fan of this since it puts a lot of pressure on that next book. Even if it’s good, it may not be in comparison to the last book. If you were reading it without the pressure, you may enjoy it more.
  • Take a day or two to just continue living in that last book’s universe. Don’t start anything new. If you haven’t started something else, there’s probably some theorem that says you’re technically still reading the old book. I don’t know, but it sounds like something science could come up with.
  • Re-read an old favorite. Personally, this is my favorite way to cure my book hangovers. It’s a modification of the first method, since you’re making sure to read something really good. But, there’s no pressure for the book to be good since you already know that it’s amazing. Whenever I finish a book that’s sure to be a new favorite, I head on over to one of my old favorites before starting something new.
  • Switch over to Netflix. Haha another favorite. What a surprise, Brittany likes Netflix. But I don’t love going from one book, especially one that’s amazeballs, straight to another one. I like to break for at least half an hour between two books. I’ll usually watch a quick episode of a sitcom and then crawl back under the covers with Kendall the Kindle.
  • Cry and have all the feels. Of course. This is probably the most rational choice.

How do you deal with book hangovers?


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