Finishing a beloved book or series is difficult, but not nearly as difficult as moving on. We all know the feeling an especially good read can give â€“ how that book was it, how nothing else can top it, and how nothing will ever be the same. And what do you even do with yourself after you’re done? After wallowing for a while, perhaps eating away our feelings, whether they be happy or sad ones, we do what we do best â€“ we have to keep reading.
But where do you even begin? Usually, you have to figure out what you want first. For me, this is always determined by what I just finished. If it was a sad book, usually I’ll want a more light-hearted pick-me-up to get me through the next few days. If I just blew through a gossipy yet entertaining guilty-pleasure kind of series, I’ll look for a more cerebral, emotional book next. I recently read Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier, which provided a fun couple of hours, and for a change of pace went for Life of Pi by Yann Martel afterward. One book will lead you to the next, in its own subtle way â€“ follow the path the first lays down for you.
Once you know what you’re looking for, you need to figure out where to look.