I have read a few good books lately. As a bookworm I adore that wonderful feeling you get from reading a great book.
I love this quote from William Styron:
‘A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading’.
After finishing a great book I have been known to do some strange things.
Here are 40 things you might find yourself doing after reading a fab book:
- Cry. Both happy and sad book endings can bring on tears for some of us.
- Go for a lie down. Reading a good book can be exhausting.
- Text a friend about it.
- Tweet about your book joy.
- Post something on Facebook about the book and tag in all your friends who you think might benefit from reading it.
- Phone your loved one at work to tell him or her how it ended. Even if they showed little interest in it whilst you were reading, you still phone them. You gush down the phone things like “they finally got together – I am so emotional right now!” and “she still has her magical powers – can you believe it? Do you think there will be a sequel?…. hello – you still listening to me?” Book joy is hard to contain.
- Follow the author on Twitter.
- Go back through book and highlight your favourite bits by either turning over the corner of pages or sticking post it notes on pages.
- Make the decision to name your unborn or next child after the main character.
- Rename your pet.
- Start talking like the main character.
- Reassess your entire life. Some books can do this to us.
- Imagine yourself as the character who enjoyed a steamy romance at the end.
- Buy all the books in the series.
- Beg your reading group to read it next.
- Wonder how you will fill the crater sized hold in your life now that the book has finished.
- Buy the film version of it.
- Tweet the author.
- If you are a writer – consider giving up writing. This is a standard writer reaction to a good book.
- Wonder how the characters are getting on now that the book has finished.
- Act out a few key scenes in the comfort of your living room. I am a big fan of re-creating scenes from novels.
- Go take a shower. Once you started reading the book things like bodily hygiene were put on hold.
- Raid the fridge. You didn’t eat much whilst reading the book.
- Walk around in a daze.
- Buy everything else from the author.
- Wonder whether you will ever feel like this again about a book.
- Write a GoodReads / Amazon review and have an emotional outpouring. Your review will contain the following ‘OMG what have you written!’ and ‘I want to kiss your face for writing that amazing book!’
- Decide to get rid of your loved one and go in search of someone like the main character in the book.
- Search the internet for jewellery or clothes similar to those the characters wore in the book.
- Find adjusting to daily life difficult.
- Hear the author’s voice inside your head now narrating your own life.
- Feel empty.
- Attend the author’s book signing.
- Take up writing. The book was so good it inspired you to write your own.
- Beg the author for a second book if they haven’t alluded to a sequel. Who cares if there won’t be a plot, you just want to return to that world again!
- Talk about nothing else for weeks.
- View your life in two parts – ‘life before I read [enter book title] and ‘life after I read [enter book title]’
- Read the book again and ignore the groans from loved ones.
Let me know if you find yourself doing anything which isn’t on my list?
Have a great day!
I will leave you with one of my favourite quotes on good books:
‘A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted away to a world that we can’t enter in any other way.’ Caroline Gordon.
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