How to Get Over A Book Hangover?

The simple answer is that you don’t. Well, not fully anyway. Book hangovers aren’t like regular hangovers, they’re not simply cured by a full English breakfast, a heck of a lot of caffeine and an afternoon nap. No, instead, you are left feeling emotionally empty, endlessly awestruck and completely and utterly lost. For those of you who are lucky enough to have never experienced a book hangover or have no idea what I’m talking about, a book hangover is a condition in which attachment to a book or series that has ended causes the reader emotional distress and longing.

Now you may be thinking, poor Amy, who did this to you? Who hurt you like this? The answer is simply the masterpiece that was A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas. Once again, Sarah has crafted an emotionally intense and beautifully perfect book that has gifted me with a reading experience like no other. These characters mean the world to me, so being able to join them again on another adventure was the ideal escape and one which I wish would never end. If you’re interested, I’ll leave a link to my review here, and I’d love to hear your thoughts too!

Only one other book has ever made me feel this way, and that was The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. That ending left me broken, and I remember sitting in silence for five minutes whilst I processed everything that had just happened. For days that ending stuck with me, and I can’t help but feel that familiar pang in my chest whenever I think about it. My problem is that I get too emotionally attached and invested with these characters and the worlds in which they exist, so when I finish that final page, I can’t help but feel lost and empty. I become apart of the story as it’s an easy and comforting escape from reality.

I’m probably not the only one who struggles with this attachment, and if you do, then here are some of the tips that have helped me overcome my emotions!

Fan-fiction – If you’re not ready to leave a fictional world or craving more character interactions then fan-fiction is the way to go! There are so many different stories that will help fill that void. But if fan fiction isn’t your thing, then trying looking up fan-art, graphics or playlists, the book community is so creative, and I guarantee you’ll find something! There’s always been this stigma around fan fiction and is a platform that is constantly looked down upon. But believe it or not, a lot of our favourite books have started as fan-fiction! I’ve got a whole Wattpad library filled with some of my favourite fan-fics, and I’m constantly blown away by how incredible the writing is.

Watch something light-hearted – When I experience a book hangover, it shatters my emotions, and usually, I need something fun and light-hearted to take my mind off things! Whether it be an episode of Schitt’s Creek or New Girl, I just need something that’s going to make me smile and forget.

Take a break – I’ve been on such a reading rush recently, and I think I’ve burnt myself out. Sometimes it’s healthy to take a step back and focus on other hobbies and let your mind rest. I feel like sometimes there’s this pressure to always be reading something, but there’s nothing wrong with taking time off and enjoying other things.

Channel that emotion into a review – When I finished A Court of Silver Flames, I had no one to talk to, but I needed to get all of my thoughts out of my head and onto paper, so I stayed up late and channelled all that emotion into my review. After a couple of days, after the hangover had settled, I went back to it and put my thoughts into full sentences rather than leaving it as an emotional rant. This is hands down my favourite way to express my feelings, and it really does help.

Talk to someone – One of my favourite things to do is fangirl with another reader! Fellow readers are the only people who will understand your emotions when it comes to fictional characters and will happily discuss anything that involves their favourite fandoms and authors. But make sure they’ve finished the book before you go blurt out spoilers!

Find an Old Favourite/Comfort Read – Many of us have that list of books that you can re-read a hundred times and still fall in love with, they’re like a warm hug, and that’s exactly what you need when suffering from a book hangover. These books fill you with love and remind you of the joy reading brings us!

Put on some good music and have a dance! – Now, this one may sound silly, but sometimes we need some feel-good endorphins and one of the best ways to do that is to have a dance. So turn on that playlist and get moving!

May Wrap Up and June TBR

It’s official, she’s back! These past couple of weeks have been chaos and it’s only now that I’m beginning to adjust and understand this new state of normal. When I’m not at work, you’ll find my tucked up in bed with a good book or binge watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (it’s my guilty pleasure). All this time has helped me re-disover what I truly love about reading, it’s sounds cliche but I’ve become so invested in these stories and have created a lifelong bonds with these characters that I’m suffering from some major book hangovers. I’m going to stop now before I get too emotional but it’s hard saying goodbye; some of these series have played a huge part in my life and this entire blogging journey and for that I am endlessly grateful.

Anyway I read over 3,000 pages in May, which is insane so hopefully all this reading motivation continues!

May Wrap Up

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson – It’s taken me two years but I finally decided to finish this series. I was a little bit hesitant to read the second book, because of my undying love and high exceptions from the first book, but Sanderson is a master at crafting intricate and heart stopping adventures that transport you away from reality. You’re all probably fed up of me going on about this series but I can’t praise it enough and if you’re looking for an intense and epic fantasy then this is the series for you.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson – I don’t think I’ll ever be emotionally prepared to discuss this book, but let’s just say that it shattered my heart and left me with the worlds greatest book hangover. Brandon Sanderson, you have a gift and it has been a privilege to share this journey with you, so thank you.

Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield – This was our Reading Between the Wines book of the month for May, and it surprised me. Who would have thought a musical memoir would be a instant page turner for me? Everything about it was so raw and real, plus the unique playlists for each chapter were a fabulous addition.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas – Another series that I want to finish soon and as I’m fed up of avoiding spoilers and I want to be able to gush about this series with other fans. This is another series that means the world to me and I never want it to end.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas – Chaol has always been one of my favourites (he was one of my first fictional crushes) so having a book centred around him was everything I needed.

June TBR

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – I’m already half way through and I’m in love. But again I not ready to say goodbye to these characters. I swear if they don’t get the happy ending they ALL deserve then it’s going to kick off!

Out of Love by Hazel Hayes – I’ve been on this journey with Hazel from the very beginning and now I’m patiently waiting for my copy to arrive, so I can finally dive into this emotionally heartbreaking and wonderfully raw story. Hazel’s Time of the Month series on Youtube and her incredible creativity is what made me fall in love with her and I highly recommend that you check her out on YouTube.

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje – This is our June book of the month for Reading Between the Wines book club and I’m so excited to read it. I’ve heard nothing about good things about Michael Ondaatje’s writing!

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – I started this book way back in April but since then I’ve been distracted by other series, whoops! I loved the first book and I need more from these characters.