\We’ve all experienced a book hangover.The feeling of a sad emptiness because no, the book is over. It most often happens with series finales, but it can happen with any good book.
- Extensive researching for a sequel for the book or the possibility that the book is becoming a movie or a TV show.
- You spend your time hunting through the coldest, darkest depths of the internet in search of a good fanfiction based on that book.
- You have ordered every other book the other has ever written. If you’re REALLY feeling it, you might have preordered every book the author has announced, even if they aren’t being published for another year and a half.
- Crying because NO THE BOOK IS OVER AND I’LL NEVER READ IT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AGAIN.
- The sudden urge to force people who have not read the book to read the book and feel your pain.
- You have already decided what you’re going to be for Halloween even though it’s eight months away. The main character from the book.
- The inability to pick up another book because no other book will be as amazing.
But worry not, tortured bookworms! There are is a cure.
STEP ONE: DRINK
Drink a hot, caffeinated beverage. Tea or coffee. The sweeter and the caffeinatedier* the better. This will help wake you up out of your daze.
STEP TWO: EXERCISE
Use your heaviest books as weights. Jog around the block with a backpack full of books. Warm up those muscles!
STEP THREE: SHOWER
Take a cold shower. And I don’t mean a lukewarm shower. I mean a “I am bathing in a waterfall made of liquid ice” kind of cold shower. Now your brain is clear and you can think rationally. 71% of people now no longer have a book hangover! Go and choose a new book!
However, if you still are feeling the numb desperation that is a book hangover, continue on to step four.
STEP FOUR: EAT
It is highly likely that you have forgotten to eat while you were reading because the book was so good. That might be partly why you’re so light-headed and see black blotchy spots over your vision. Make some food that was mentioned in the book! If the book didn’t mention food or you do not have an extra hundred bucks lying around to go and buy special ingredients…eat comfort food.
STEP FIVE: SPREAD THE PAIN
Yep. I’m talking about making your other friends read the book. Visit their house and shove the book into their hands and don’t leave until they have finished the book. If they liked it, you have passed your book hangover on to them, and you can go and start a new book. If they didn’t like it, a nice, rousing argument about why their opinion is the wrong one just might help you feel better. By this step, 93% of people no longer have a book hangover! If you are still staring in to empty air because you long for the book’s world, continue on to step six.
STEP SIX: VISIT AN OLD FAVORITE
Everyone has that book that they love and read and then reread and then reread again. Every single time you have read it, you fall in love with it all over again. Pick it up and read that one! It might be enough to catapult you out of your book hangover (unless, of course, finishing this one means you have a book hangover from it.)
STEP SEVEN: SAY HECK WITH IT
Just read the book again! It doesn’t matter if it’s only been an hour since you finished it, pick it up and read it however many times you need to in order to make the book hangover go away.
If you still have a book hangover at this point..I don’t know what to tell you. Go see a book doctor (AKA a librarian) and ask them what you should read next. Or chew mint gum and take a gulp of ice water. The painful burning in your sinuses just might be enough to shock you into snapping out of it.
*I highly doubt caffeinatedier is actually a word. But it should be. So there.