Wherein I reveal my
[fool-proof] relatively reliable methods for getting out of your book hangover. We’ve all been through it before: we’re minding our own business and casually start reading a book, then all of a sudden WHAM — we fall hard for it. Like a think-dream-talk-draw-obsess kind of hard.
This book becomes your baby, and the characters your best friends. You will probably take it with you everywhere, and might freak out if it’s not within a 3 metre radius. You might feel an emptiness in your heart, and you can’t even fathom picking up another book yet because you can’t possibly be ready to move on and nothing will compare to this one. Sound familiar?
Yeah, I thought so. Well, having had quite a few book hangovers myself, I’ve found that these little methods really do help, and I’m here to share my penny’s worth with you.
1. Put on your comfy clothes and grab a drink
And by drink, I mean hot cocoa, tea, coffee, wine, or whatever you love, because girl, you deserve it. This is always my number one starting point – I promptly put on my snuggliest and most ridiculous looking jimjams. You’ll find me either with a mug of hot cocoa and whipped cream (always with artistically speckled cocoa powder on top), or a glass of red wine. I have no in-betweens, nor regrets.
2. Call, text, fax, or owl your book squad
If you’ve got friends or blogging friends you can speak to, get in touch – especially with someone who loves the book as much as you. We understand you. We get it, really. Together, we can talk about everything – and nobody loves talking about books more than us.
3. Search for fanart and read other reviews
I look at so much fanart of my favourite books and it always makes me feel better — unless I stumble across something that totally misinterprets how I imagined them, then I get mad… Hulk mad (refer back to point one if this happens). Reading other positive reviews is like free therapy because you sit there nodding in bliss that someone else understands and loves it like you do. And before you know it, three hours have gone by. Are we feeling better yet?
4. Start looking for similar books
I normally go straight to see if the author has any other books, or I look at books that are similar to my book hangover worthy book. After lots of searching you might find something that tickles your fancy and will help you escape this hangover with barely a scrape. If not, please refer to point 5.
5. Watch a TV series or movie
The struggle is real, am I right? Watching a TV series or movie can be refreshing, and totally fix a book hangover. But, if you’re like me and struggle to really like a series or movie, then you’re in a bit of a pickle – especially if you can’t find something fun to watch and soon. The ones I’ve been watching lately are The 100, The Shannara Chronicles, Reign, Narcos, and Breaking Bad (if you could recommend some good ones, I would be so grateful).
6. Hair of the dog
And by this, I mean rereading something reminiscent that you love. Personally, I never do this… But, I know some people that have and it’s worked for them. It’s a thing. (If I were to reread anything, it would definitely be the Throne of Glass series).
7. Take a break
Try taking a little break from reading – don’t think about it for a couple of days, or try to force yourself to read something. There’s no rush, those books aren’t going anywhere. Normally, the urge to read comes back (we can’t live for long without a book, can we?) and when it does it will feel natural to you.
8. Start small and be patient
Sometimes it’s best to go for a short book, so it’s less daunting, or try reading the first chapter of a couple of books, until one clicks. Once, I read the first chapter of 5 books until I finally decided I would continue with one. It will come back to you eventually, all things heal in time my young Padawan.