Imagine: You JUST finished one of the most amazing books you’ve ever read!!! Your heart is full (or broken depending on the book ;)) and you are on an emotional high! Then it’s time to pick your next book. You look at your shelf or ereader and pick your next read. You start reading….and it’s just not as good as the book you just finished. You think, well, I just started it, it’ll get better! Then it doesn’t! DANG IT, you’ve entered the world of a REBOUND BOOK. No matter what you read, you can’t stop thinking about that previous book!
1.still affected by the emotional distress caused by the ending of a romantic or sexual relationship.
Now sure, we aren’t in a romantic relationship with our books but you have to admit, it’s a pretty close comparison! Nothing can compare to AMAZINGNESS of that perfect book and the feelings and attachment that follows!
Unfortunately for your new rebound book you may have enjoyed it IF you had read it after another mediocre book but because you read it next to a new favorite it was doomed to die.
Fantastic books always put me into a reading slump and one of the biggest book hangovers I ever experience was for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas this last year. I wasn’t originally going to read it right away because I had some issues with the first book in this series but after so many friends of mine time and time again raved about it, I gave it a shot. And it blew me away. It was hard to get into other books after this. It was even hard to actually READ another book after ACOMAF. You all know what I’m saying.
This rebound issue recently happened to me when I finished A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. It was an amazing adult fantasy book! Then I picked up a YA fantasy book and it just couldn’t compare in both world building and character development. I felt bad for the book because I couldn’t help but compare. Which was unfair to the book but sadly, it happened.
So, in conclusion, let’s not be too harsh on our rebound books. They didn’t mean to be less than stellar, they just are. Let’s DNF them and move on. Ha!
Have you ever felt a similar issue?