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Have You Ever Finished A Book And Realized You’re Missing It Already? 5 Ways That I Miss Books

So I take it you know full well what the term “book hangover” means. You’ve been there – read a wonderful book or two, ran out of the series (and even of all the possible spin offs), or worse yet – waited on a series ender for years, and there doesn’t seem to be one coming. But really, are those the only ways to miss books? I’ve decided to take a closer look at this phenomenon and possible solutions.

#1. So You’re Too Busy To Read

Okay, so this one’s fairly obvious. You’ve got exams, a work deadline or a teething baby on your hands. There’s no talk of reading anymore. And if you turn on an audiobook, you just catch yourself zoning out. #Life is kicking your butt. You read in your dreams.

A GIF of Lucy and Ethel from I Love Lucy struggle to pick up candy on a conveyor belt that’s going really fast

Solution?

Sorry, but not much of a solution to this one! You can either sit tight and wait for a more opportune time, hyping yourself up for all those books on your bedside table, or kiss your sleep goodbye and power through. I don’t recommend that one. (But we all know what your most likely choice will be.) There’s also a possibility of picking up an audiobook for when you do chores, but if that’s not your thing, I guess I could recommend a light and funny read to you in this situation? Here are a few (click the images below for Goodreads links):

Emotions Explained with Buff Dudes: Owlturd Comix   Battlestar Suburbia

#2. You’ve Binged A Book Series. Now You’re Stuck

So was it Harry Potter? Or anything by V.E.Schwab? Regardless of what it was, you’re stuck in this world knee deep, dreaming of it every night, and you can’t let go. To the point of saying goodnight to the main characters in the series and then proceeding to cry yourself to sleep over the impossibly unfair death of one of them, which undoubtedly happened somewhere in the series.

A GIF of an imaginary character at night in bed, unable to sleep

Solution?

They say that old love can only be cured by a new one. So maybe don’t apply this to your relationship or marriage, but do adopt it for your reading. You need a rebound book series! Do your research. Look into similarly strong books, but perhaps in a different genre, and avoid similar plots. Despite feeling somewhat better after reading about another magic school, you’ll be tempted to mash the book to dust in your review because it ‘doesn’t live up to it’. And that’s no good! Here are some powerful series that might be able to pick you up:

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman   The Books of Babel by Josiah Bancroft   Remembrance of Earth's Past by Liu Cixin

#3. Despite Giving It Like Three Stars, Two Weeks Later You Now Blink And You’re Back There

This is a strange phenomenon. You read the book, you found it could have been executed in a better manner. Perhaps you found the writing lacking, perhaps the story took a really cliche turn. Or maybe you just read it at the wrong time! You gave it a lukewarm review, somewhat mad at the writer, or maybe at your own self for picking it up when you don’t want this kind of story. But then you realize that two weeks later, you’re still thinking about the characters and what’s next! You wake up in the morning, with the feel of the book, imagining the places you read about. What gives? Didn’t you give it three stars? And what should you do?

A GIF of a Clefairy from Pokemon, handling some pretty serious tech, captioned “I have no idea what I’m doing”

Solution?

I’m sorry mate, I’ve got nothing better than just waiting for the sequel and hoping reading it goes better! If there’s no sequel… well, maybe you could reread at a better time? Currently, I’m waiting for these sequels for similar reasons. Okay, so I’ve got The Sand Omnibus, but after the huge disappointment of the second book, I just can’t pick it up. As for Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith, it was a good book – but I feel like I picked it up at the wrong time. So I’m curious about the sequel.

Sand Omnibus   Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith

#4. You Tied A Book To Your Memories

You were going through a nice, or simply just memorable part of your life when you were reading a certain book. Now it’s irrevocably tied to those experiences, and since you’re way past what happened, you sorely miss it. Like that time you read that book when you were going out with your first boyfriend? Or the one you picked up in the hotel during that really awesome trip abroad? And what about that one you were reading before you looked up to be told the most incredible news ever? Yeah. You know what I’m talking about.

Solution?

Well, maybe you can’t bring the past back, but you can sure as hell just reread the book. As many times as you want to. I’ve reread one book I loved eight times! Coming from the pros here. Here are the ones I’m prone to rereading, and the first one is finally out in English! You should totally check it out, it’s a great classic – despite the poorly done cover:

Çalikuşu (the Wren): The Complete English Translation   Jane Eyre

#5. You’re Experiencing Sequel Fury

You read the first book in the series. It blew your mind!! It was so amazing you could barely handle not calling everyone in your phone contacts and telling them how incredibly it rocked (and then face the reality of appearing on some call block lists.) And then one day, you obtain a sequel. Excited, you turn the pages, only to realize that not only does it suffer from The Dreaded Second Book Syndrome™, but it’s an abomination of reality and must be destroyed by the fires of hell. You’re embarrassed this book ever existed and you can’t believe how it’s even a part of this amazing series you so extolled.

Solution?

Forget the sequel exists. Deny its existence blatantly and utterly in the face of even Goodreads and The Dewey Decimal System. I’m afraid there’s no other way! (If you find one, just make sure you let me know.) Here are some AMAZING books that have sequels we don’t talk about don’t really have sequels:

Wool Omnibus Edition   Metro 2033   Blood Red Road

Are there any other ways you miss books? Tell me all about them in the comments!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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Kelsey
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This post is perfect! I’m participating in NaNoWriMo, so I’m definitely feeling #1. I had two books I needed to read to review this month, and unfortunately I didn’t fall in love with either, so I’m definitely feeling that longing desire to pick up something new (I started rereading Sense and Sensibility last night because I had to read SOMETHING! ). And I’m feeling #3 with the Three Dark Crowns series. I didn’t think the first two were necessarily bad, but I just felt like they were missing something and planned not to continue the series. However, I’ve been feeling… Read more »
Northwoman
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We’ve all been there. Great post!!! Thanks for some laughs also. *runs back to cooking* Anne – Books of My Heart

Susy's Cozy World
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That’s an amazing post!! *_* And I think your pieces of advice are the best ever!

Sam@WLABB
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I limit the number of series I read, because of sequel fury. I just don’t have the patience to wait, if the book was really amazing. I try waiting for all the books to be released, but FOMO usually wins and I cave.

Kristina
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Ohh i love this !!
Currently wierdly experiencing no.3 toward « fountain dead ».. wierd..

Charvi Koul
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Ahhh these are so relatable! Last year I read and thoroughly dissected this book called No Time for Goodbye with a good friend for a book fest of sorts and it was so much fun! I loved the book and have recommended it every single time. But today the friend and I don’t even look at each other so I don’t know if I want to go back and re-reading it or even read any other books by the author. YES WE SHALL DENY THE SEQUEL!!! If I Stay was such a wonderful book and I cried so much but… Read more »
Ova Incekaraoglu
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Perfectly put! I love this post 🙂 especially about going back to a 3 star review! Lol!

CG @ Paper Fury
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Ahh I love this! And your solutions are so true too! So very helpful and lovely of you. 😀 Also omg those 3 star books, right?! They often stay in my mind the longest, because I’ll just wish like this *one* thing was different and I won’t be able to stop thinking about it. I actually rated And I Darken 3 stars the first time I read it…now it’s 5 and the series is one of my favourites!

Norrie
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For me #1 is the most common.
Like, today i planned to read my book during lunch, only to find out my boss is organizing lunch for the whole team. On one hand yay free food, but on the other hand “i hate you guys, i wanna read” 😀

Aj @ Read All The Things!
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Cool post! I binge Harry Potter every few years. Every time I finish the series, I want to start over from the beginning. I can’t do that because I have piles of unread books all over the place. I’m currently dealing with #3. I gave a book 3 stars, but I can’t stop thinking about it! I’m waiting for the sequel, and will probably reread the book, even though I didn’t love it.

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Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I love this!! Especially number 5 which has caught me out Twice this month alone

Kat @ Novels & Waffles
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I loved reading this post! Your suggestions are so helpful and accurate. It’s been years since I finished reading HP, but I still sometimes feel stuck on it. Also, I love that you recommended Senlin Ascends because it is such a great book. I started reading it when I was recovering from giving birth to my son. Anyways, thanks for another great post, as always 🙂

Gayathri
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I often end up getting dreams about the books I loved or hated. It happens in both cases, so it is either I get up warm and fuzzy in the mornings or stay up all night because of the nightmares. Sigh.

Laura Thomas
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You covered all the feels! What a fun post. The biggest thing that gets me is the second book syndrome. It kills me to be so let down. But books haunt me. I can set one aside but I HAVE to finish it at some point, no matter how bad. With a series, even if the second book sucked, I still continue for at least one more, hoping it’s a fluke. LOL

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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I use to get the worst book hangovers from devouring or binging a series. I try to savor them. I think we’ve all felt these things over one book or another.

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Sim @ Flipping Thru the Pages
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Lovely post, Evelina I recently finished To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before and after finishing that I was like ‘what should I read next?’. I was already missing the characters
Ahh, I don’t usually pick up series just because of the fear of sequel thing I prefer to pick them up once the series is complete. But you don’t have always a choice

Kaleena @ Reader Voracious
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This is such a wonderful post, and do I ever experience #s 1 and 5. So often I find myself falling in love with a new series and then incapable of reading anything else… let alone the sequel! I actually have 2 highly anticipated books that i am like scared to read because I loved the first book so much that I am afraid these will be a letdown.

Lizzy @ Bent Bookworm
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This is a great list of solutions!! Not going to lie though, at first read I thought #2 said “You’ve BANGED a Book Series and Now You’re Stuck…” Whoops! LOL

Tânia@MyLovelySecret
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This is such a great post. The first one has happened to me (and still does) so many times. You know, I believe there should be at least one hour per day of mandatory reading on every single country, so that it wouldn’t happen. Just take an hour break from school/job/whatever you do to read. =P Forget that the sequel exists is the better solution. I know I’m part of a very short minority, but A Court of Roses and Thorns is a stand-alone book for me. I love Blood Red Road. I bought the sequels, but I haven’t read… Read more »
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Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
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Forget the sequel exists, hahaha. I’ve kind of done that, pretending that spin-off series or extra novella things don’t really exist since they just weren’t up to the standard of the series I so loved.

Book hangovers and no time are toughies! My problem right now is no concentration. I’m not sure what the solution for that is though :-/

Ivyclad Ideas
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I have a Goodreads shelf for books I can’t stop thinking about. :’)

I can’t binge-read. I need variety. * Shrugs *

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms
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You are SO right, Evelina! All of these ways of missing books apply to me as well. And some stay with me years after I finished reading them. And then, I just want to dip my toe back into the world so I can spend some time with my friends (uh.. I mean the characters!) there 🙂
Awesome post!!

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