Do you get book depression? | Fun Questions

August 23, 2014 Fun Questions 14

Fun Questions LogoJoin me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

Do you get book depression?

Originally this question was going to be – what do you do when you finish a really GREAT book? But not only is that a really long title, but not exactly the point of my question. My point is, why do really GREAT books have to lead me into book depression? Shouldn’t that be the bad books? Or at least the depressing ones? Let me explain…

I don’t know about y’all, but I have a reading rhythm that stays pretty constant for the most part. I finish reading a book, go to goodreads to update my status, mark the book as read, write my initial thoughts, and some notes in the private section to help me write the review. Then I go to my reading calendar to see what I’m reading next (yes, I’m that type A), mark it as currently reading on Goodreads and on the blog, and, if I still have reading time, start reading it. That’s my reading ritual.

When I finish a really GREAT book though, that ritual just won’t work. And when I mean great book I mean five stars. Not four, not four and a half. Five. And it’s the five star rating that makes you look at all your other five star ratings and wonder if they really deserve to share the same rating as this book. Because it was that great. You know the books I’m talking about, right? You have to have at least one floating around in your head.

Anyway, when I finish that kind of really GREAT book my ritual fails me, utterly and completely. I make it through the first couple of steps, marking it as read and jotting notes. But then I NEED to talk to someone about it. I have given up on trying to talk to my boyfriend, because he sadly can’t understand enthusiasm based on fictional characters that I’ve just read about. He can’t comprehend how incredibly real they are to me. And unfortunately I don’t really have any friends that read like I do. So I’m left to y’all, my book blogging buddies to hope that one of you have read this book.

But now I’m in a conundrum. I want to talk about this book NOW! But for me to know for sure who’s read it, I’d have to go through Goodreads and look at your reviews. And I don’t want your review bleeding into mine. So in this haze that I can only compare to what I imagine being high might feel like (Seriously, imagine! Good-two-shoes/too-scared right here!), I try to write a review. It flows out of me just fine, but as I will later discover, I made absolutely no sense. My sentences are not complete because, yeah, I was too high off of this book. But the ideas are there at least.

So now I go stalking goodreads reviews, looking for someone to talk to. Here two paths emerge. Either everyone else loved this book too and I get to gush along with them, have some great conversations, and walk around with a healthy glow for a while. Or no one has read this book. I suddenly feel all alone in the world. Okay yes, I’m being a bit dramatic, but is really really SUCKS to read a GREAT book and have no one who will gush about it with you. Sure, I can gush to someone, and try to convince them to read it. But in our world how many of us (myself included) can just pick up a book someone is gushing about? I mean, I have so many books to read, and so many of them are books someone gushed about. So yes, maybe they’ll read it, but not immediately. Not soon enough.

And this, my friends, is how I end up in book depression. I’m taking it a step-further than just a book hangover. The first scenario, where I found someone to talk to, that’s my book hangover. A book hangover consumes a couple days and, while no book can really measure up during this time, at least I’m glowing a bit. But book depression consumes way more time, because I haven’t found an outlet. Yeah, I wrote my review. Edited it and reread it tons of times even. As if talking to myself will fill this intense NEED to talk to someone about how my life just changed. Yes, I get over it. Sometimes I find a good book that gradually pulls me out. Sometimes a bad book pulls me out, as anger at having read a really bad book overwhelms my previous emotions.

So yeah, I survive book depression. And it doesn’t happen that often. But I wonder, if I’m alone in this.

Does the inability to find someone to share a really GREAT book with send anyone else into a minor book depression? And why is it that the really GREAT books do this?

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14 Responses to “Do you get book depression? | Fun Questions”

  1. A Voracious Reader

    I usually just brew a bit then dive into the next book. If I’ve been binging on a great series and I’ve caught up to the latest book that’s when I fall into a depression. I stop reading and do something else (like a movie marathon). I yammer to my husband about it and bore him to tears because he doesn’t read the same genres I do, but other than that…yeah. I may go in a Goodreads group and look for a thread for that book, but I mostly just power on alone.

    As far as looking for friends who have read the book on Goodreads, I do scroll down and check to see who has read it, but I don’t read their reviews if I haven’t already written mine. I just do a quick check and I may write a comment or I may not. lol
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    • Berls

      Yes – binge reads of series can really send me into a depression when I get to the end and there’s no more books. I’m particularly worried about next month with The Witch With No Name. I expect a serious depression then!
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  2. Greg

    It is tough to finish a great book and not have anyone to discuss it with. I usually try to write my review either right after I finish, or sometimes I let it percolate til the next day, but I don’t like to wait too long. Course sometimes life doesn’t give me a choice ha ha.

    For me the worst lately is when I finish a really good book, and I’m all up on that, and then I start something that just falls flat. That deflates my mood a bit LOL! Then I have to find something else I like again! And I totally drop the ball on Goodreads- I want to keep it updated but seem to always forget. Need to work on that…
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    • Berls

      It’s so hard to find a book that will live up after a really great one! Everything seems to fall flat, even books I might like otherwise. I’m not too great about Goodreads either – I only manage to keep it up on what book I’m reading – but I stink at updates while reading.
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  3. Red Iza

    Our routines are alike :) I don’t have this kind of book depression because I don’t really need to share it with other people – I’m rather the quiet type, you know, so the blog is enough to let the steam out. But it surely damages all books on my to read list because I don’t think any of them will be able to measure up !
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    • Berls

      I know what you mean about damaging every other book – it’s so hard to find one good enough after an amazing read. I can be an introvert type, but I have my extrovert – have to talk about it – moments and this is one of them.
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  4. Trish

    Your routine is so similar to mine! I read an amazing book like this last week but luckily after proclaiming my love for it loud and proud as I read on twitter, I had lots of people I could DM about it!
    My big problem is I can’t write the review. I’m letting it stew in my head but I’m afraid I’m also diluting how much love it. These are the really, really hard ones to do justice too.

    • Berls

      Twitter is such a big help for book depression! It can be really hard to write reviews for books that just wow me. I know I end up writing one right away and then I have to go back and edit later when my thoughts aren’t so jumbled and excited.
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  5. Bookworm Brandee

    Nope, you are absolutely NOT alone in getting book depression. :) I am so with you on this. It really takes me awhile before I can get into my next book when this happens. I want to discuss and keep reliving the story – stay in that world a bit longer. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, feelings, and processes. I bet there are a lot of us who share in book depression.
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    • Berls

      It totally blows. I do love that about book club, now that I’ve joined two I’ve loved having that IRL communication about books I love. I may just have to force them to let me talk about books they didn’t read too lol
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