All book nerds know that the phenomenon of a book hangover is legit.
Here's the (urban) dictionary definition:
Book hang-o-ver (hang-oh-ver) noun
1. The inability to start a new book because you are still living in the old book's world
2. The inability to function at work/school because you were up all night binge-reading
See? It's on the internet, so it must be real.
Here are six proven (from personal experience) ways to recover from a book hangover...
Drink plenty of fluids.
Preferably coffee or tea... but you might need to resort to something stronger if you've been completely traumatized by character deaths, plot twists, or cliffhangers that won't be answered until the next book comes out NEXT YEAR.
Meet up with your ex.
Wrap yourself up in the comforting arms of a book you've loved before and know won't hurt you. Personally, I find lighthearted comedies / chick-lit does the trick. You know, one of those sappy love stories with hilarious miscommunications and eventual happy endings.
Misery loves company.
You're not the only person going through a book hangover... get on the interwebs and find people who love these characters as much as you do. I've found Pinterest and Tumblr to be excellent places to search for fun stuff related to just about any fandom... from relatable GIFs of all the feels to gorgeous fan art, it'll satisfy your need to stay in that fictional world just a little bit longer.
You know the old saying... they key to never being hungover is staying drunk. So get back on that horse and pick up another book to numb the pain, STAT! You can even go back to the book that started it all... and just re-read all your favorite parts for fun.
Shop through the pain.
Jump online and go shopping for fandom related stuff (or just book nerd stuff in general!) to ease the pain... you'll feel better when that candle smelling like your favorite character arrives next week. Etsy is a great place to search for these AND support small businesses!
I'm here for you, too.There are plenty of bookish + fandom designs in my store... just check out my Bookish Collection.
Sleep it off.
... No clever double-meaning here. Sometimes you need a good sleep after staying up to the wee hours of the morning reading, which generally leaves one feeling a bit delirious and out of touch with reality. Probably best not to operate heavy machinery for a few hours after suffering a book hangover. Society will thank you (although your boss may be less sympathetic).
Come hang out with me on instagram to talk about all your favorite fandoms and what's giving you a book hangover right now!