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Book Hangovers Are A Lot Like Relationships


It’s a real thing, you guys.

The other day my friend asked me, “So, what book are you currently reading?” It took me a moment to realize that I’m not reading anything at the moment. Why?

My only explanation was because I was still reeling from the ending of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, the last book I read. Upon further scrutinization, I realized that the other last books I read were Tempting Fate by Jane Green, The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner and Looking For Alaska by John Green.

The gaps and patterns of when I read these were interesting too. I realized I would read books for two to three months straight, stop and then read again. Could this be characterized as a form of binge drinking? Except in my case, it’s reading? But what could have caused this?

I suppose one of the explanations would be is that after reading and enjoying a book, I get a book hangover.

A serious book hangover.

Yes, it’s a real thing!

Falling for a book and its characters, forming an attachment, only to be led to an end; it can take a toll. After reading the last Harry Potter book, all I could think of was, “NOOOOOOOOO!!!” followed by, “That’s it?!?! But what will happen to them now? James, HP’s son is going to Hogwarts with Ron and Hermione’s daughter! Will they become friends, too? Will they end up together? Oh my gosh, my mind is blown! I need to know more! More, I tell you! What am I supposed to do with my life now?!”

To be honest, I’m still reeling the effects.

When a book is so enjoyable, its influence will linger in my consciousness. I try not to, but somehow, I always get attached. Like breaking up with a relationship that wasn’t real, what if, to get over this book hangover, a reader’s mechanism is to read another book?

It can happen. As humans, in this postmodern world, we’re attracted by the allure of escapism from reality, that’s why we love virtual worlds, vacations and other things. Drowning in an imaginary world is fleeting and captivating. But after awhile, you get to a state of burned-outness from reading.

The disappointment from an end of a book leaves you wistful. So much so, that the thought of books makes you gag for a while–much like tuna fish sandwiches or the thought of your high school gym teacher in a speedo–, so you push them away. It’s only when it’s November and you look at your Goodreads account that you realize that you haven’t actually finished your reading challenge, so you finally pick up to start one of the books you’ve hoarded throughout the year.

And the cycle starts again.

So, how do you get out of this funk? I have some suggestions.

1. Have a rebound.
Like in relationships, perhaps you need to read bad literature for a while. You know, the chick lit and other books you hide behind your shelf. Yeah…those.

2. Finish unfinished books.
Don’t tell me you don’t have one! It’s those books you bought for the sake of its pretty illustration cover and then realized it’s just bland. Or those books people gave you as presents. Why do people assume you’d like any sort of book just because you read books, right? I mean, usually I do, but in those rare occasions…

3. Something new.
Admit it, in relationships, someone new is a great distraction to get you back in the dating arena, not in that I would know, I’m only assuming, of course. In the same way, a book from a completely different genre always helps a book hangover.

4. Let it out of your system.
You know how it always feels good to rant about the jerkface who dumped you via text to your girlfriends? Why not spare your friends’ ears and ramble on the Internet? Start a blog, write a ravenous review on Amazon or Goodreads or compose a 146-character, heartfelt yet heartbreaking tweet.

And finally…

5. Wait.
True love waits, and likewise, so does great literature and good writing. A good book, series, characters and plot are bound to come again. They are rare, but yes, like nice guys, they do exist.

Well guys, I think I’ve waited long enough. A girl can only be in a book drought for so long after all. I’ve let it out of my system and am doing some serious rebounding–the greasy bacon and egg sandwich to my book hangover– with Emily Giffin’s The One and Only. I started it this morning before work and while I’m only 65 pages in, I have a feeling this has “Book hangover” written all over it.


Question of the day: Have you ever suffered from a book hangover?


April Showers Bring May…Books?

Hi friends!

Happy hump day!

Can we talk about how nice and spring (almost summer-like) it has been lately? It’s supposed to get into the high 70’s today here in Denver and I couldn’t be more excited! I may even have brought out and dusted off the ‘ol spring dresses and skirts for the occasion.

Which also meant that I had to shave my legs for the first time this year. #Sasquatch #Yikes

I really think we’re rounding a corner here, guys. If we all promise to do the please-stay-this-wonderful-forever-no-more-snow dance, do you think the weather gods will listen?

I mean, it’s worth a shot, right? And if anything, we can all break out our wicked dance moves and get our crunk on (Do they still crunk? Is that even a thing?)

As the seasons change, so does my reading list. As should yours.

I don’t know about you, but there is nothing more amazing than getting a favorite book, a glass of cold lemonade, and sitting under the sun (hammock’s are my preferred choice of bum-placement but any soft surface will suffice).

Or even better, curling up on the couch or favorite cushy chair during a spring rain shower, with nothing but a good book and cup of coffee, letting the pitter patter of rain drops provide the soundtrack to your current read.

Throw in some chocolate-chip cookies and it sounds like heaven.

Because who doesn’t like a page-turner with some delicious baked goods?


That’s who.

Whether you’re taking a spring break trip or spending some time by the pool, spring is a great time to do a little reading. In winter I tend to choose more serious books and brush up on my favorite classics (The Great Gatsby, anyone?). But once the sun starts to shine again, I look for fun books and real page-turners that I can devour in a few days (or hours).

With that in mind, here are 10 books that should be on your spring reading list.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List


1. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth
As I’m sure you’re all well aware by now, the first Divergent movie is now in theaters. I always like to read the book before I see the movie (even though that sometimes comes back to bite me in the butt. I usually end up yelling at the screen, pointing out the differences between the book and the movie, causing my fellow moviegoers to give me “the look”).  I’ve heard people call this series ‘the next Hunger Games,’ which I can kind of backup. It was a great read, full of adventure, action, morale corruption and of course, romance. I really think you guys will like this book! And if you don’t, feel free to give me “the look”.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List


2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
 The Goldfinch is a must-read. I won’t give too much away, but the plot involves a young boy’s miraculous survival of a tragedy, an art heist, and New York City society. It took me a while to get into the book, but once I did, I had to literally pry the book from my hands to stop from reading it. SO GOOD!

Good Reads: Spring Reading List


3. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
Skippy Dies is a tragicomic portrayal of an all-boys Catholic prep school in Dublin, Ireland. Be prepared to laugh and cry all at the same time. I fell in love with the spunky characters, the setting (almost bought a one-way ticket to Ireland, no joke), and the different ways that humor shined throughout the book.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List


4. Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois
Cartwheel was names one of the best new books of 2013 by The Washington Post, Cosmo, Buzzfeed, and more. It’s loosely based on the case of Amanda Knox, the American foreign exchange student who was accused, convicted, and acquitted of murdering her roommate in Italy. Sounds intriguing, no? It was. I am a big huge Law & Order fan so naturally, I put on my lawyer hat and enjoyed figuring out the clues to this very interesting story. The fact that it is based on a true story made it all the more fun to read.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List


5. Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler’s books are always hilarious, and her newest one is as funny as ever. In this book, Chelsea recounts her misadventures in Africa. Warning: Do not read this book while at work. Or on the bus. Or in church. Or really in any small, enclosed public place. Heaving/crying/falling off of chairs due to laughter will ensure. P.S. Chelsea, if you’re reading this, let’s be besties, k? K.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List


6. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
This was a very beautiful story! The author’s way with words will have you instantly hooked and mesmerized. You’ll really enjoy this novel about learning to love and the powerful language of flowers.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List


7. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle is memoir of a girl growing up in a very eclectic and cash-strapped family. It’s such a great story with relatable characters. It will definitely help to give you a reminder of the important things in life, something we call can stand to remember from time to time.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List


8. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
If you have read and loved The Secret Life of Bees (as I did), you definitely are going to have to check out this latest novel by the same author. It’s a work of historical fiction about two unforgettable young American women fighting against slavery in the 1830s.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List


9. Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro
Named one of the “30 Books You Need to Read in 2014” by Huffington Post, this book takes place over a summer weekend at a beach house, where a group of 30-something friends meet. Think American Pie meets Now and Then. AWESOME!

Good Reads: Spring Reading List


10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is about the story of a young girl set during the Holocaust. This one also took me a while to get into, but after the first couple of chapters, you begin to develop serious feelings and relationships with each of the characters, even going as far as to see yourself in some of them. It’s a story that will leave you feeling the gamut of emotions; something any good book should do.

That’s it, guys!

My current spring reading suggestions. Of course, I am a library FULL of book suggestions and had a hard time just narrowing it down to 10 choices so if you are in the mood for a new page-turner and you’ve read all of the choices I’ve listed, please let me know and I’d be happy to give you some great picks!

Happy reading, everyone! 🙂


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