03 March 2012

Empty head syndrome after reading a great book


Have you ever read a really great book and after finishing it your head felt empty? That's how I felt yesterday. I finished "The Witness" by Nora Roberts yesterday morning and I loved every single sentence of this book. When I finished the book I was completely satisfied, but also a bit restless. Because what to read next after a really great book? A book that made me feel a lot of great things and that made me very happy.

To be honest I feel like I need a little break before I can feel these things again for a book. That's why I didn't read anything yesterday after finishing "The Witness". I wasn't able or willing to take on another book, I wanted to stay a bit longer with the characters and the story from "The Witness". Maybe today I will be able to go on and read another book.

A few weeks ago I talked about this with another reader on facebook and she said that she sometimes gets in a short reading slump after reading an especially great book. It's good to know that others feel the same. 

How do you feel after you read a great book? Do you sometimes also need some time before going on with reading another book after it? 

12 comments:

  1. Oh definitely! After finishing an amazing book I know I have to wait a bit before starting the next one, else there's a big chance I will dislike it because it just doesn't compare to the book I just finished. The only time I can go straight to the next book is if it's the sequel to the one I just finished, because then the characters and writing are similar usually.

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    1. That sounds pretty similar to what happens to me. It's so good to know that it seems to be quiet normal for readers.

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  2. I love when that happens! Too bad I don't get it too often. I have been reading too many average books of late. At the same time if I am reading a horrible book that I finally decide to put down I feel a sense of loss as well. It makes it hard to pick up another book. As if somehow the bad juju will rub off on the next book I read.

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    1. I also read a lot of average books in the last three months, so maybe that's why I'm extra excited for great books.

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  3. Oh my gosh know I wanna read it even more. :) glad to hear that it was so great!!!!

    But I know what you mean about that feeling. I have that too if a book was really, really great. Most times I read the book again before starting a new one. ;)

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    1. Rereading great books is always a good idea!

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  4. Oh my, yes. I have the worst time after finishing a pretty much perfect book. Nothing suits. And I often mill around for a day or two and then end up re-reading an old fave to soothe the spirit and cleanse the palate.

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    1. I also like to reread favourite books in these situations, they always manage to make me ready to go on with reading a new book.

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  5. Oh, yeah.
    I always am fascinated and excited after reading great books and have a hard time starting a new book. It feels good when it happens rarely but I find it happens quite often to me which is pretty tiring.

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    1. I can imagine that it must be tiring.

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  6. yeah got that feeling right now... started searching for similiar books with strong characters but can't seem to find any ... also reread the books (trilogy) and i always get the feeling i'll never find a book as enjoyable as these ...

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    1. I know the feeling, but thank goodness it normally goes away again. I'm sure that you will soon find another book that you really enjoy.

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