Have you ever suffered from a book hangover? I know I sure have.
I few things I do when I have finished a book:
- Become soo obsessed with the beautiful writing that you have to order EVERY other book the author has written.
- After seriously looking a book I roam the internet for hours trying to find fandom communities for that book.
- Long for a movie adaptation of the book and hope it is perfect.
- Having a countdown on my phone until the release date of the book.
- Although I am grateful for the book, I wish I could return back time and read it again. I envy those who have yet to discover the brilliance of the authors and narratives.
- I force my friends to read the books so we can ‘fangirl’ together or have a debate.
- Get obsessed with the characters within the books and the actor/actresses playing them in the film adaptation.
- I realise I cannot completely escape within the novel, which makes reality suck.
- I realise I will never get a boyfriends with all the qualities of my favourite boy characters.
- I panic that I will never find another book that will fill my life with such joy
- I become Matilda
- I start to use book slang such a ‘Muggles’
- I ponder how I will use my new vocabulary I learnt while reading the book in everyday life.
Have you ever felt any of those feelings after reading a book? Or anything else … please let me know in the comments below.
My University book shelf is starting to get full and I know the simple solution would be to stop buying books ! (this would also help the poor student issue) ! but I enjoy buying books. Some people find comfort in buying food or clothes, I however would eat and wear books if I could.
Today I sorted out my bookshelves to make more room and I thought I would share with you the five stages I went through when doing it. Let me know if you go through this as well or what you do…
stage 1… DENIAL
I put off the task of organizing my book shelf because it means that I have to accept I cannot purchase more books. Although I have been in this denial stage for a long time because I just keep taking books home to hide them there on my overflowing bookshelf back home.
Buying books is just such an exciting task that I do not want to let it go yet… so I believe that I can just rearrange the books to make the fit.
The next stage is SHOCK/REALIZATION…
That devastatingly heartbreaking moment when you realise you cannot fit anymore books any where, not even behind the front ones or on top of them. AHHHH I hate this part because it is like being hit in the face with a ton of bricks; it physically hurts, okay! (and emotionally) I am such a nerd but I honestly do not care. Books help me to be less taciturn when in a social situation because they let me express my passionate nature.
stage 3 – The BARGAINING process…
The moment you realise there is no other options…
- Do I get rid of my precious books? NOOOOOOOOO
- Do I move some of them, maybe put them away in storage?
- Do I buy another book shelf?
- Do I just put some next to my bed, like I am ‘currently’ reading them?
Stage 4- ACCEPTANCE…
At this point I accepted that I cannot get rid of any of my friends, I will never let go. I decided I will sneak a few home, move my clothes into storage to make more book space and organised the remaining once as an apology for even considering such a crime.
This leads me on to the next stage ORGANISATION…(stage 5)
- Do I colour coordinate the books?
- Put the in alphabetical order?
- Height order, maybe?
- Even genre order?
- Classic collection order…books of the same trilogy/series together?
I decided to mix it up and do it in the collection order (I could not split the little book families up) however I then put them in alphabetical order, regarding the authors name. Jealous? Do you do through this as well?
I got lose myself within Waterstones, I went in there today and just wanted to run around like a crazy lady and grab all the books I wanted to buy. If I won the lottery, one of the first things I would do would be go to Waterstones and buy all the books me heart desires.
Reason why I love books so much…
- I love escaping into the different worlds.
- I gain so much knowledge and love from a book.
- There is a book to match every mood for example; when I am sad I read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. (EXCELLENT BOOK…GO READ)
- I discover more about myself in books.
- Gain friends through fangirling through books.
- I fall in love with fictional characters.
- I become best friends with relatable protagonists.
- I get to obsess about books, books and books.
- I can force my friends to read a book I love with my tantalizing passion for the book.
- I get to explore so many genres.
- I get hit with the brutal book hangover after reading a mesmerizing book.
- I can relate to Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice
- …and Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.” — Franz Kafka
Today my best friend and I were walking around waterstones for ages like…
- ‘OMG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING’
- ‘AHH THIS BOOK THOUGH’
- ‘HAVE YOU READ THIS?’
- ‘THIS IS MY FAVOURITE!’
- ‘I LOVE THIS BOOK!’
- ‘YOU SHOULD READ THIS, IT IS INCREDIBLE’
- THE CLASSICS SECTION, AHHHH!
- READ THIS…NOW!
Could you live in waterstones? You would just have to take food and a blanket but come on, you have alllll the books there.