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!)
I have many different reactions to the end of a book:
- sometimes I'll hold it close, smile for a minute, then be on my way.
- sometimes, I may be teary-eyed, and I'll have to regroup before joining the real world again.
- sometimes, I finish a book, lay it down, and immediately pick up the next one that's right there waiting, and keep right on reading.
- sometimes, when I finish a book, I'm really looking forward to the process of choosing the next book. So, I'll pick up two or three and read the first page, or chapter, then finally decide, and it'll be on to that book!
- sometimes, I'll be sad to finish a book and I'll leave out and look at it fondly for the next few days, wishing I was still reading it.
- always, I'll write it down in my reading journal.
But no matter what the reaction, I always feel like I've accomplished something, just because I've finished a book!