When you force yourself to read something else in order to break the vicious addicting cycle of reading only your favorite series but nothing – and I mean absolutely NOTHING – holds appeal.
I woke up from a horrid nightmare the other day. And by nightmare, I mean staring off into space for 5.6 seconds while waiting for the light to turn green.
I had some crazy mental disease. Husband threw me into an institution. (Thanks, Husband. We WILL speak about this later.)
Now, here comes the scary part . . . I couldn’t bring my books.
Like any of them.
No Kindle either.
It was absolutely ghastly. (Just watched Harry Potter, can you tell?) My chest felt tight. I was totally breathing funny. Tears pricked my eyes.
At the next red light I just had to check with Dr. Google. I mean, is this a thing?!? Could this really happen?
To never, ever, EVER, be allowed to read The Ghost Bird series, again?
To never, ever, EVER, learn what happens to Sang or Mr. Blackbourne? (Sigh. Mr. Blackbourne.)
But, thank God, for Dr. Google.
All is good. I’m just a book lover.
At some point you’re required to put down the book and pretend to be a functioning member of society.
But the entire time you’re a wreck.
A huge ball of intense nervous-anxious-excited feelings sits in your stomach and chest. You can’t stop thinking of the book. Or when you’ll be able to read it next. Everything and everyone is pissing you off, ’cause you JUST WANT TO READ and why can’t they all JUST GO AWAY!
But you’re trying. That’s what’s important.
And, maybe, at lunch time, you’ll get a horrid case of food poisoning and have to go home early. Curl up in bed. Undisturbed. With your book.
Hey, a girl can dream, right?
So, the new one came out last week. I’ve already read it twice. The first read-through took me less than twenty-four hours. Now I’m re-reading the other ones in the series for the twenty-second-thousandth time.
I’m listening to the first book’s audiobook over and over again because that’s the only one in audio format. Continue reading
The next one is coming out soon. ONLY 20 MORE DAYS!
I created a countdown on my phone. SQUEE!
I preordered it from Amazon. YES!
I read the teaser scene every day. HEH, I HAVE IT MESMERIZED NOW.
I’m going to camp out in Barnes & Noble’s parking lot the night before it comes out. I’ll be the first one in the store! I’ll wear one of the shirts I created for the series. TOTALLY AWESOME.
It’s going to be the BEST day EVER!
Case No. 8
Reading so fast because you just HAVE to know what happens, all the while knowing that when you’re finished, you’re going to reread the whole thing again.
Because even though fast and hard is great; slow and easy, so you can savor, brings just as much pleasure.
Case No. 7
So you finished re-reading the series for the third time. The next one won’t be released for two more months. Two choices:
Option number one is certainly the preferred choice. I’m mean you’re already missing, and I mean MISSING, that world. But, sigh, number two is probably the saner option.
Choosing to jump into bed with another book will help nullify the power that series had over you. You’ll be able to eat normally again, since you’ll have time to go to the grocery store.
You randomly pick out your rebounder, because let’s face it, it’s not really about what’s in between the pages. You’re just looking for a distraction. But a pretty cover will certainly help ease the transition and if you can manage to get some explosive scenes with it… well, who doesn’t love those, right?
And when Rebounder does something unexpectedly funny or charming, you’ll laugh, allow yourself to be taken in. Because that’s what this is about. Moving on. Enjoying yourself. Letting go.
NO! PUMP, actually I mean STOMP, on those motherfucking brakes.
That’s not what this is about AT ALL. Rebounder is just a distraction. Because you are most definitely getting back together with Series in two months. TWO. MONTHS.
This wasn’t a break up at all, this was just you and Series taking a break. Not parting for forever. Just for right now.
So even if Rebounder gave you moments of pleasure – like multiple moments – and its cover was pretty, maybe even prettier than Series in certain lighting, it doesn’t matter. Nothing and no one can entice you away from your relationship with Series.
You’ll make it through this short break. You’re strong.
Besides you can just re-read all those books to help pass the time.