Dreaming Novel Things: How To Prepare For The End Of A Beloved Series…

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Dreaming Novel Things is a feature in which I discuss book related subjects, but in a creative way. I’ll use interviews, narratives and lists to talk about book trends, book opinions and bookish matters. If you have any book related subjects you’d like to see me discuss just leave me a comment below!

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You wake up and it’s a normal day. You eat breakfast, brush your teeth and go on with your day like any other. You’re just coming back from your lunch hour (a little late because the line at Subway was ridiculously long) when the guy who sits in the cubicle behind you asks for the date.

You look at the calendar on your desk to check, slightly annoyed because no matter how many times you tell that guy to get a calendar he insists he doesn’t need one. Your finger searches the calendar and lands on today’s date and suddenly you freeze. No, it can’t be today. Did a whole year really go by that fast? You sit in your desk chair with poor back support stunned. You aren’t ready, you need more time. This isn’t fair you think, as you start to get teary eyed, time couldn’t possibly have gone by that fast. But alas, the day is here. The day the last book in a beloved series comes out has arrived and with it sorrow.

The guy behind you reminds you that he still needs the date to which you reply with, “Shell out a whole two dollars for a calendar Bob!” Then you phone your boss in her office and tell her you’re taking the rest of the day off because something in your sandwich isn’t sitting right.

And on the elevator ride down to the parking garage, your mind is racing. There is so many things you still need to do to prepare. Do you have time? Well, you’ll make time. You weren’t going to face this unprepared.

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Step One: Stop At Walgreens

  • Pick up one box of tissues for the moment when you’re reading the last page and everything ends happily ever after but all you can do is cry your eyes out because it’s all OVER.
  • Pick up one King Size Dark Chocolate Hershey Bar. Chocolate contains components known to boost people’s spirits and dark chocolate is considered a super food so you don’t have to feel guilty for eating chocolate during your no carbs/sugar/or-anything-that-tastes-good diet.
  • Pick up some Tylenol PM because after that book you’re mind is going to be racing, and you don’t want to have bags under your eyes for work the next day.
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Step Two: Stop At Your Local Book Store

  • Treat yourself to THREE new books so you have something to look forward too after your beloved series (after the appropriate amount of grieving of course). Pick two books off your TBR list and one book that stands out to you for any reason.
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Step Three: Order Pizza

  • Because the only thing worse than finishing a series you love is finishing a series you love and having to do the dishes after. Eating pizza right out of the box eliminates that problem, so tip your delivery man well and tell him your eyes are watery because of your sinus infection.
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Step Four: Comfimize Your Reading Spot

  • In case you’re not already familiar with the term, comfimize means to make a place comfy. So whether you’re reading on the sofa, bed, armchair, nook or floor you will need the following items:
  • Every pillow you own
  • The blanket grandma made you
  • Your stuffed animal that you told your parents you’ve outgrown but then snuck out of the yard sale and kept ever since
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Step Five: The Essentials

  • You should have your cell phone on hand so you can call your book buddies who will understand your pain
  • You should have several bottles of water near by to stay hydrated, there’s going to be a lot of tears
  • Have Netflix ready to go in case you need to step away from the book for a while and lose your thoughts in the comforting scenery of The Walking Dead.

I must warn you, even after all of this, it’s still going to hurt. That last page is still going to sting and the realization of it all being over is going to hit you like a ton of bricks, but with this guide, you’ll be able to move on. I promise, you’ll get through this.

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How do you prepare for the end of a beloved series? Share below and happy reading!

Posted February 24, 2014 by Lindsey in Dreaming Novel Things, Features / 13 Comments

13 responses to “Dreaming Novel Things: How To Prepare For The End Of A Beloved Series…

  1. Duffy

    It would appear that you have suffered this malady on prior occasions. So sad, but you have a very effective plan to cope with the upset.

  2. This is really entertaining, and accurate 😉 To be quite honest, I just went through this entire process over the course of a single book. As I got closer and closer to the back cover, I found myself becoming saddened. I wanted the story to continue, I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to pick up the characters and transport them back to my world, follow them around and find out where the story led next.

    It is rather curious how our lives inside the covers of a book take on a life of their own. It is gut wrenching and exhilarating at the same time. At least we can always go back to that world whenever we like. All it takes is one hand to hold the book and another to turn the page. Oh, and some pizza 😉

    • Thanks, I had a lot of fun writing it! 😉 It’s such a complex feeling, isn’t it? You want to keep reading and see how the novel ends but you can’t bear the thought of it being over. The braniacs of the world need to stop inventing the next iphone and start working on a device that can make you forget the book you just read so you could reread it for the first time again and again.

      Rereading is one of my favorite hobbies, and before blogging its something I did quite regularly. Its comforting knowing that your books are always there for you if you’re having a bad day. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂 (You can’t forget about the pizza!)

  3. Bookmarking and keeping open for when I get to Ruin and Rising! I’m going to need every single bit of these coping techniques.

    (Oh and now I also really want to walk through BN – thanks a lot!)

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