Cure-all for book hangovers.

Well, I’ve been MIA for about a week now, sucked into the worlds of #Pitmad and #PitchMAS. If you’re a writer and you’re on Twitter (which you should be) then you need to get involved! Check them out and get ready. #Pitmad is over but #PitchMAS (the Twitter pitch party anyway) is Friday, and I encourage you all to join! If you do, let me know and we can RT each other’s pitches to get noticed.

But anywho, on to the good stuff. I’m sure many of you are anxiously awaiting a story regarding my terrible gingerbread house making skills, but that will come later (hopefully). For now, what’s really been weighing on my mind is how some books stay with you when you’re done reading them, and how others don’t.

It’s one of those love/hate situations, I think. You’re done with the book, but don’t want to be, and yet you don’t really want to be stuck thinking about it like a bad hangover, because it’s almost depressing. You know the story, you know the outcome. Technically, the characters no longer exist, and even if you create futures for them in your head, it’s not the same as knowing what would actually have happened per the writer’s imagination.

This happened to me most recently with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The book completely enchanted me, and I was hooked between the nicely structured plot and charming characters. I just finished it a few nights ago, but I still haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.

It’s like when you finished the Harry Potter books for the first (or second or third) time, and all you want is to be a wizard or witch and live at Hogwarts. Right now I want to be an illusionist and join the circus (though technically I really could, but as an aerialist). It’s so annoying, but if I didn’t feel this way, that means the book would have been sub par, and no one wants to read a sub par book.

So here are my three steps to cure the good book hangover.

1) The easiest and probably most obvious remedy is to start another book. Drown yourself in a new world and try to yank yourself from the old. This may work, however side effects may include having a double hangover, where you simultaneously want to be a Nephilim (The Mortal Instruments series) and a pirate (Peter Pan).

2) Take a break from reading for a while and instead let your retinas burn out of your eyeballs by watching TV or playing video games. Video games are great if you have something similar to the book you just read. You can get a taste of actually acting it out. Though again, this also may be counterproductive and again intensify your cravings to go to Camp Half-Blood (Percy Jackson novels).

3) When all else fails you can sleep. Sleep a lot. If you’re awake then your imagination can trap you, but asleep you’re immune. Granted, this may be the beginnings of depression, but what else can you do?

Okay, so there’s really no cure other than to ride it out. The obsession may fade over time, but may intensify when said book is spotted on your bookshelf, or hiding under your bed where you threw it during a panic attack at not having a Hogwarts letter.
Good luck!
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