You’ve just reached the end of a book . . . what do you do now? Savor and muse over the book? Dive right into the next one? Go take the dog for a walk, the kids to the park, before even thinking about the next book you’re going to read? What?
(Obviously, there can be more than one answer, here–a book with a cliff-hanger is going to engender different reactions than a serene, stand-alone, but you get the idea!)
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I'll actually start thinking about the next book I'm going to read before getting to the end of the current one; that is, I'll have a few possible candidates pulled off the shelves and lined up on deck. Depending on the nature of the current read, I'll usually have some idea of what I need to follow it up with. Something heavy may call for a bit of lightweight chick-lit as a change of pace. After a couple of light reads in a row, I'll crave something with a bit more substance, or be ready to shift into the nonfiction side of my book inventory. When I've been reading a book chosen by other people, such as for a review tour or my book club, I'll want to pick the next the next one for myself.
Once I actually finish the book, though, I usually won't start the next one immediately even if I have already decided what it will be. Depending on when I get to the end, I may have some non-reading stuff to do and not be able to jump right in to another book anyway. If the book has been a particularly affecting one, I'll usually want to take a reading breather after it anyway, so I can mull it over for a bit. However, if I'm reading a series and actually have consecutive books in my possession, that's a case when I just might chain-read - unless I finished the book at night before bed, and then it will have to wait till morning.One thing that usually doesn't wait for long after I finish a book - again, unless it's at night - is starting on the blog post for the review. I want to get that going before I forget too much.
1. Getting ready for a vacation is so exciting!
2. Strawberry fields forever (sorry, couldn't resist) produce lovely fruit, but picking it is hard on the back.
3. Hot-fudge chocolate pudding cake, with whipped cream, sounds like it would taste delicious! (Actually, it is, but I haven't made it in a long time. Maybe I should...)
4. Why does having a clean house make me feel so good?!
5. The midnight sun is something I've always wanted to see.
6. It's sad when I'm stuck waiting somewhere, and forgot to bring a book with me! (It doesn't happen often, but I hate when it does.)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to getting home from work and a quiet evening, tomorrow my plans include errands, a few chores, and my dad's birthday dinner and Sunday, I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter!