Ever had that feeling of not being able to move on after reading a good book?
Ever wanted to go outside and stand in the rain because there’s no escaping the void that comes after an emotional read??
Well, welcome to the world of Book hangovers… They’re lurking behind every corner and they’re not much fun. Worse story is… they could transform into a nice reading slump that could drag on for ages.
And since I’ve been dealing with a bookhangover after reading The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (which you should probably buy… like right now and read it. You’ll thank me later) I’ll share with you the stages of a bookhangover.
This is the part where you’ve just put down your book and you feel nothing but a deep and dark emptiness. There’s not much you can do but to stare out of the window and internally scream at the world. There’s a hole in your heart that needs to be fed and the only fix you can think of is getting onto your laptop, phone or anything with a screen to look up pictures on tumblr, pinterest, instagram, devianart or any other fanart site that can no longer provide you with spoilers but will nonetheless still ruin your life….
This is where things get a little weird… sometimes *whoops*. At this point you’ll realise that looking at pictures is no longer enough and you actually crave for anything more enticing and thrilling and so you go down the fanfiction road. Now, there are some incredibly good fanfics out there by really talented writers so it’s always a good idea to check those out (I literally spend an entire week reading a Dimitri POV fanfic and I regret nothing).
After speeding through EVERY SINGLE fanfic available, there’s another void to fill. That’s when you come to realise that you’ve spent the last few weeks completely drowned in the world that belonged to the book you’ve read some time ago and that the only thing you’ve accomplished to do is simply postponing the harsh goodbyes….
The most logical thing to do now would be to pick up a new book and immerse yourself into a whole new world BUT thankfully, there’s nothing better than a good reread session.
*reads The Wrath and The Dawn for the 80th time*
Now that you’ve reread that particular book for the upteenth time, it’s finally time to say goodbye. It’s time to go on the look-out for a new book that will make you forget all about this book. Ask your friends for recommendations, visit blogs or go on twitter to find new and interesting authors. Also, Goodreads is a nice place to go if you’re looking for something new.
Don’t be worried if the new book you’ve found won’t interest you at first. It happens. The trick is to stick to it and sit through the ride.
Thank the Gods, you’ve made it to phase 5 😀 The road to recovery is finally here. There’s a world of new books waiting to be read and you’re ready to move on. Enjoy the new ride and I’ll see you in the next hangover 😉