If you've been around this past couple weeks, then you know that I'm feeling very out of sorts lately.  This

moving to Germany stuff is serious business.  I miss my couch, didn't know that was possible, but I do.  I miss a fresh cup of coffee after dinner and reading blogs while Jude naps, and I miss driving my car and going to Target on Sundays.  Basically, I miss my life.  I know I'll adjust and I'm trying not to let this homesickness get me down.
Well...to add to this list of gripes that I cannot get into a book is just downright brutal.  But I don't blame the move so much for that.  No, I blame the last book that I read...I think it's ruined me.

So, that's what today's book chat topic is.  Book hangovers.  Books that capture you so intensely that you can't recover so easily.  Books that keep a hold on your heart long after you're done turning it's pages.

In general, I hate starting a book.  I despise that transition between books.  Your mind is still on that last story and it's so hard to just commit to a totally new one.  When the book you just finished was a special one, it makes the transition even harder...or even impossible.

For me, right now, I'm recovering from this book.  I think part of the hangover is due to the slightly abrupt and unreconciled ending.  Every time I try to read a new story, I struggle with this inner voice that keeps saying, "who cares! What about Daniel and Lucy?"  It's a little harsh to the potentially great stories I keep trying to read, but I can't help it.  I'm too numb.  I've been desensitized by the awesomeness of the last book.  My fiction-loving heart needs time to heal.  There should be meetings in a church basement for things like this. 

Has this happened to you?  How do you cope?  

*For the record:  I am 80% done with this book which has been enjoyable without requiring too much emotionally from me.   I have learned not to expect two earth-shattering books in a row; therefore, I choose my following reads accordingly. 

I hope you link up with us.  I should point out that today's co-host is Ashley of This Unscripted Life.  It's entirely appropriate because I bet she's suffering a hangover from the same book that I am.  Please go give her a consoling hug.  It's tough. 


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