Book hangovers: a very real problem for readers. You’ve just finished that amazing book and you’re feeling… well, empty. Reality has faded and who wants to return to that? How can you be expected to function right now? Ah, cruel world! The story is gone, gone I tell you! What now can possibly fill the void?
One Chapter at a Time
Usually I see it coming- miles away- before it strikes. That has yet to stop me though. “D— the torpedos! Full speed ahead!” is my reading philosophy.
Devouring my latest addictive book, the remaining pages thin. The rational (tiny) part of me argues that I should slow down. Savouring what is left before the inevitable hits sounds wise- but do I listen? No! Reckless, giddy with words I race on, on to the very last page.
There’s always a euphoric high first because… wow! That was one amazing book, right? Moments later- that’s when I’m hit, struck with explosive force. Devastation left in its wake.
Happily, recovery is possible. After years of fieldwork into the world of book hangovers I’ve learned a trick or two. Noble of me? Yes, I know- but when it comes to books I’m willing to make the sacrifice!
So, how do you recover from so much binge reading? Here’s my process.
Embrace your nerdery and take time to mourn. Just a little.
2. Reality Reentry
You’ve just experienced emotional trauma from a paperback. Take it slow.
Practical doesn’t count. A new project is ideal.
4. Find Your People
Fellow bookworms unite! Ignore non-readers who just don’t get it. .
Pester everyone you know to read the book. You need someone to obsess over nuances, right?
That book or an old favourite. Any new book after a hangover just pales in comparison.
Back with Guns Blazing
Back with Guns Blazing
Confusion, brooding over the fate of fictional characters, an unwillingness to face reality- never fear my friends, the symptoms will fade. Recovery begins, and before long you’re raring to go, ready for more.
Let the hunt for your next great reading fix begin!
My worst hangover has got to be Harry Potter. Series can be a vicious cycle: devour the new book, hangover, recovery, anticipation, and repeat. What’s one title that left you hungover? How do you pick up the pieces once it’s all over? Comment below.
May life never be so crazy that we all can’t get lost in a really good book. Book hangovers are well worth the risk.