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After reading a book, have you ever found yourself unable to go on to the next one? If this is the case, you’ve probably had a book hangover.
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Book hangovers are a typical problem for devoted readers, and they may be emotionally draining. Sobbing and shouting the word “why” are only two examples of symptoms that may vary widely. There are methods to get back on your feet.
- In times of unbearable loss, I just go back to the beginning and reread the passages I’ve already read. I did this with the Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. That book broke me at work. Do you know how hard it is to answer a phone and make it sound like your world isn’t falling apart? https://amzn.to/30XYxmU You can buy Addie here. Remember, I make a commission when you click and/or buy but it doesn’t cost you anything.
- Try to read something different, or at least something light. If everything else fails, I’ll watch a TV show for a while and let my book cravings resurface. My go to comfort show is Murder, She Wrote. I just love Jessica so much.
- Writing a review, talking to my friends about it, or writing about it may help me understand why it was so meaningful to me. To put it another way, what is at the heart of that emotional core and how can I use it in my life? This is otherwise known as me bothering everyone in my life about the book that just emotionally destroyed me and trying to get them to join me in my pain. Like, oh my God. This book ripped my soul out and showed it to me. Here, read it. I did that to my friend at work. The book was We Were Liars. https://amzn.to/3rnSymT You can check it out here.
- To be honest, there has been only one time I truly stop reading. No more reading for a few days. Too hurt. Too crumbly. Much sad. But The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo did that to me. https://amzn.to/3nR3Dul Almost a full week of no books.
- To ease yourself into reading, pick yourself a collection of short tales, poems, or essays. I picked up Nights of the Living Dead. It’s an anthology of zombie stories taking place at the same time as the movie Night of the Living Dead. Nothing pulls me out of a reading slump like zombies. You could say zombies resurrect me. I’ll stop now. Here’s the link https://amzn.to/3FLAzdJ
- Read or write some fanfiction, if you can. Let your brain free on how you think it should have ended.
- Try watching the movie adaptation. Although that typically starts a rant on how the book was better and why did they leave out this tiny but crucial in my eyes detail.
- I enjoy listening to podcasts about books. I also watch BookTubers and BookTokers. Basically, anyone talking about books is amazing. But let me give you a few to follow. https://www.youtube.com/c/Courtagonist https://www.youtube.com/c/LisaLatte and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDn4HCNJgGVMDJodfQ7ZVsQ are my go to favorites when it comes to books. Courtney, Lisa, and Tiffany just get me and I am here for all of it.
- As soon as the book was finished, I instantly searched for more of the author’s work. I was that way with Grady Hendrix. As soon as I finished Horrorstor https://amzn.to/2ZkXywI , I moved right into Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires https://amzn.to/3l3KF1K . But it was My Best Friend’s Exorcism https://amzn.to/3oZhEp7 that gave me such a book hangover. I can’t wait to see the movie in 2022.
- A well-loved book is sometimes all I have time for before diving into something new. Practical Magic is my go to feel good book. https://amzn.to/3DUd1To
How do you deal with a post-reading trauma,? Comment below and let me know! Again, if you like what I post, please like, comment, share, and subscribe. Please consider donating to help keep this going. $1 and I’ll ask you what your favorite book is so we can talk about it. $5 and I’ll write a review of a book you suggest. $10 and I’ll write a blog suggested by you. That’s all I’ve got for today, train wrecks. All aboard.
To help you get through your TBR, I’m giving you this printable bookmark. Print it on cardstock. Then laminate it to last longer. Hope you enjoy.
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