Has this ever happened to you?
Yesterday I finished reading the final book in the Divergent series and I felt an immediate reaction. A slow, sinking feeling.
No, I won’t include any spoilers here but I will admit that I was totally bummed.
And it wasn’t simply the ending.
I felt stuck in that foggy, transitional space that all book lovers will recognize. That moment after you read the last sentence of a wonderful book and you’re left staring at the page. Cognitively you understand the story is over and that you should shut the book and get on with your life. But emotionally you’re not ready to leave the engrossing world you’ve been living in all this time.
It’s like a romantic break-up; you may know it’s coming, but afterwards there’s an hollow space left behind. And a lingering sense of …regret.
Dear Book Series, I wasn’t truly ready yet. Sniff, sniff. Can we get back together again?
It’s what I call my Book Blues. It’s the feeling I get when I’ve become completely engrossed with a book and it ends. After I’ve become so emotionally connected to the characters and captivated by the storyline that I carry the book with me wherever I go.
Just in case.
You know what I mean, fellow book worms. Just in case I get a few moments to finish a riveting paragraph while I’m stuck at a traffic light. Or waiting in a long line. Or while I’m stirring the spaghetti sauce.
This is the obsessive-neurotic side of a true book lover.
I have to know what happens next but at the same time, I don’t want it all to end.
Do you ever wonder why you’re drawn to a particular book?
Why one moment you might pick up a book and randomly gaze through the pages and then shove it back on the shelf? And another time in your life you might pick up the same book, read a few pages and immediately feel hooked. Curious, hopeful, anxious to jump inside the pages?
When it comes to our book selections I think timing is everything. Our mood. The state of our mind. What’s going on in our life. The last book we read. I believe all of these factors silently move us toward selecting that ‘right’ book.
Choosing a book is like choosing a quickie romance. We’re drawn to a certain book because it offers a perfect kind of escape at the right time.
I’m not usually a reader of futuristic-science fiction books, especially ones aimed at younger readers. But I’m not a book snob. Because I did enjoy reading the Twilight series, and while I tried and failed to get interested in the Hunger Games books, I’m always open to a good story, no matter the target audience.
Did you read the Divergent series? How about the first book?
I enjoyed the movie but the book was SO much better.
I know. Where have you heard that before? But that’s my humble opinion. If you’re the type that likes to read book reviews before committing to a book, I found THIS well-written blog you might enjoy visiting.
stars of Divergent; Tris and Four
By the way. All of the images in this post came from A Good Book has an No Ending. It’s one of my favorite book tumblrs and a visit there is like swallowing a happy pill.
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In the meantime, tell me.
What was the last book you read that left you with a serious case of the Book Blues?
I’d really love to hear.
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