Have you ever experienced one? How do you handle a book hangover?
Ah, the dreaded book hangover. You read an amazing book, just simply amazing, and you can’t seem to pick up any new book. Or, when you do pick up another book, it just is meh since it isn’t as good. Yea I definitely know the feeling. Sometimes I have to take some time off and let myself process and continue to live in the world of the awesomesause book I just finished. Moving on to the next book too quickly after finishing one that blows me away is too difficult. I end up grumbling and not enjoying the poor book that ended up having to follow that act. So I give myself some time to think about the book and the characters, I find online groups to join to continue loving on the book or I talk to someone who’s read it in person, and I allow myself to let the book hangover slowly diffuse before I can read something else.
Two Tylenol, one multi-vitamin and a red Gatorade. Hey, it works for more than one kind of hangover. The next step? Sign on to goodreads and hunt for my next great read. Or I search some of my favorite blogs and see what they recommend. Some bloggers have recommendation sections like, “If you liked this, you will like that” or “what to read after reading <fill in the blank with book title here>”. My brother once gave me a bit of advice after I experienced my first break up. He said the best cure was to find someone else and start dating them immediately in order to feel better. Hmmmm… while I will not comment on the wisdom of this suggestion, I will say that with books, it is certainly the way to go. As soon as you experience a great wonderful awesome book and it ends, life can be depressing. It is virtually impossible to read another book as amazing as the one you just finished, but try you must. My advice? Just be gentle with the new book. It is not its fault you are on the rebound. But in no time at all you will be through that book and who knows, maybe you will find yourself immersed in your next great reading experience or at least ready for a reread of the amazing book. Some of my worst book hangovers lead to my new favorite book. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons lead me to my one true love in the whole wide world: Jamie Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. So if you find yourself experience that overwhelming sense of loss, melancholy or even just in a reading slump, cheer up! You never know what awesome story lies just beyond the cover of the next book that finds it way into your hands. Read on!