You’ve all been there, you finish a book (or even worse complete a series) just to be spat back out into the real world without so much as a farewell. 

There’s something dreadfully final about completing a journey through a piece fiction that no amount of re-reading can cure. 

You miss your fictional family! Sure, they’re all still there, living their adventures between the pages but where are you? On your way to school or work, talking to your friends and families about trite things like what’s for dinner or who’s used the last sheet of toilet paper. 

‘No!’ Screams your subconscious. ‘I was saving the world this morning and falling in love last night!’ Where’s the justice? Where’s the closure? And why doesn’t anyone understand that you can’t unload the dishwasher because the whole world just ended!

For all you fellow book hangover sufferers I want you to know that I feel your pain. We can come together and share our angst… 

I am currently suffering with two particular hangovers that haven’t shifted despite me reading multiple books since they were caused. 

The first was the end of the Divergent series which sent me into a hysterical rage. I actually threw the book across the room, making my cat glare at me and causing my husband to ask if I had serious psychological issues.

The second has a more hopeful outlook. I am eternally reliving the world of Celaena Sardothien, I ask people ‘what do you think will happen next?’ They push their shaping carts away from me quickly, taking their children but the hand. But that’s okay. Because September is coming and then I’ll get some answers! 😊

Are any of you suffering? Maybe together we can find a way through our pain, I’d love to hear comments from fellow sufferers. 


18 thoughts on “Book hangovers, that awful moment when you realise all of your new friends don’t really exist πŸ˜­

  1. The regret is very real. I’ve found that immediately diving into a nonfiction project helps, as it provides a distraction (one hopes a useful one), and there’s no “hangover” when you finish a nonfiction article or book — just relief — until you hold a physical copy in your hands, start going through it, and then slap yourself on the forehead muttering “How _could_ I have missed _that_!?

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  2. Reblogged this on Brainfluff and commented:
    I read this article several days ago – and I find I keep coming back to it. Partly because I thought I was the only one to experience this sense of LOSS about favourite books… So I thought I’d share it with you. Does anyone else feel like this?

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  3. I think this is a great post and it speaks to my heart. I don’t think I’ll ever recover from Megan Whalen Turner’s, Thief Series.
    I would love to keep the trend up myself. Tag- Book Hangover.

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  4. This is an awesome post:)). Would you mind very much if I used the same idea and posted about my own ‘hangover series’? I would OF COURSE namecheck you as the creator of the post and link back to you…

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  5. ohmygosh! This is fantastic! I thought I was the only one who missed fictional characters. I’ve literally been in the grocery store thinking, ‘I wonder how Peeta would react to this?’ I feel crazy wishing I could have some of these people over for dinner! Ha!

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  6. Yeah the mortal instruments got me too! And her infernal devices still has me waking up in the middle of the night trying to decide if I loved it or am completely heart broken πŸ˜•

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  7. I felt the same for months after Allegiant – it was the end of the world! And I’m still not over the fact that The Mortal Instruments is over, despite reading it over a year ago. Book hangovers will be the death of me!

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