It’s happening again. There’s a brand new book: a couple hundred pages full of twists and turns that you have been waiting an entire year for. You head straight to the closest bookstore and purchase your very own copy (because waiting for a copy from the library would just take way too long), and when you get home you take in that new book smell with relish. You sit down with a hot cup of tea (or whatever beverage you choose to consume while reading) and within a matter of hours you manage to finish the entire book.
Then you are left with an empty feeling. How could the adventure be over so soon? After months, maybe even years of waiting, the story is over in less than a day.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who experiences this.
I have done this many times, and I am 110% sure that I will do it again in the future. I suppose that is a sign that it’s a good book, but it’s sad to see the end of the story so soon. So while binge reading is an awesome experience, there are some cons to it as well.
You’ve stayed up until 4am finishing this new book that just came out. After going through an emotional rollercoaster for seven hours straight, you’re reading to see the main characters finally wrap things up in a neat little bow and call it a day. But it doesn’t happen quite like that. Nope. The book hits you with a cliffhanger, and just like that, you find yourself googling the release date for the next one.
That’s right. There is always a chance that things aren’t wrapped up nicely at the end, which conveniently sets it up for the next book. And now you have to wait what will feel like a lifetime for the next book to come out.
That Weird Empty Feeling
I’m not sure if I’m the only one experiencing this, but after I spend an entire day reading an entire book, I often forget how I used to live before I was consumed by an intriguing story.
After going through the ups and downs of a person that doesn’t even exist, you suddenly feel like you need time to recover. Your phone is right there. It would be so easy to call into work whilst faking a cough, and then proceed to spend the rest of your day in the fetal position with sad piano music playing in the background.
No One To Talk To
Sure, you have other bookworm friends, but they’re still reading the book that you just managed to finish in one day. Now you have all of these thoughts and feelings that you are dying to share with your friends, but that would ruin the story for them.
Weeks pass. They’re still reading it. You have to tread lightly when talking about it because you definitely don’t want to be the one to spoil the entire story, but how can you possibly tread lightly when you just want to spill all of your emotions and talk about everything that you experienced while reading it.
If you relate to all three of these, then congratulations! You’re a binge reader! You understand the struggle of finishing a book way too soon and then spending a week wondering what life would be like if you had just paced yourself a little bit.
But never fear, because you are not alone in this. There are plenty of other people out there who pull all-nighters after convincing themselves it would just be one more chapter.
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