Finishing, or in my case, catching up on a book series is terrifying for many reasons. One, it’s heartbreaking. You’re having to say goodbye to beloved characters, characters you’ve gotten to know and love, characters that have become a part of you.
But there’s something far more terrifying lurking behind that last page. Something every reader knows and fears.
The reading slump.
It can attack at any moment, but it will often attack when we are at our weakest, just after we’ve finished a long series. We can’t just jump into another series! Somehow that seems wrong, and we’re filled with this guilt. Not to mention that we aren’t ready to let go of the fictional world yet. But we can’t just stop reading all together! Who knows when we will start again?
And this is where the Inbetweener comes in. The palate cleanser, if you will. The book that keeps you reading, but gives you some time to prepare for entering another fictional world.
I recently caught up in the A Song of Ice and Fire series and found myself in desperate need of an Inbetweener. And so I turned to a book that’s been on my shelf for some time now. Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres. I love Ellen, she always makes me laugh, but for some reason I have kept putting this book off. But it turns out that it makes a perfect Inbetweener! It’s short and sweet, ridiculously funny, and the perfect palate cleanser. Comedic books like that tend to work best, along with (auto)biographies, film/music/entertainment books, even the occasional short story!
It is always important to have a book like this prepared for when you finish a series. You’re much less likely to run into a reading slump this way. And after a long and dark series, something funny is exactly what we need.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Sincerely, Fiction’s Mistress