Post Book Depression


Does anyone else get this? My brother laughingly coined the phrase (and he "suffers" from it too) for those times when you don't want a book to end and you're left thinking about it for days and weeks. Or maybe it's ok that it ended but it sticks with you and almost makes you mopey until you're ready to move on.

I'm curious - which books have given you Post Book Depression? I felt it after the first time I read TTW; also The Handmaid's Tale and both Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini). If I recall correctly, the first Shopaholic book was also one that stuck in my head, making me giggle randomly during the day as I recalled humorous sections.
Jun 13, 2009 @ 10:14 am

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Me too!

Oh wow, it comforts me to know I am not alone lol ... my boyfriend was making fun of me for how involved I was with The Time Traveler's Wife. I was honestly so depressed afterwards. I have been trying to read since then, but I can't get into any other books.

The only other time I recall feeling this way was after the Harry Potter series ended. I couldn't stop thinking about it for ages afterwards! It broke my heart to know the series was over, and I would never again stay up till midnight waiting to buy the new book. I was also sad about all the death, and how everyone in the book was now an adult when it ended.

Post book depression, gosh was a good term!
Jun 13, 2009 @ 04:05 pm

I get that too!!

My number one on that list is "P.S. I Love You" by Cecelia Ahern.
Great book but oh boy, was it ever depressing; I cried the whole way

"Time Traveler's Wife" is also there.

I still can't bring myself to watch the "Kit Runner" movie.

The very first book that gave me post book depression (that I remember clearly) was "A Walk To Remember" by Nicholas Sparks.

I'm sure there are a few more but these are the ones that come to mind immediately when I saw this post.
Jun 14, 2009 @ 11:07 am

post book depression - therapeutic

I find sad books somewhat therapeutic. Sometimes I feel the blues but nothing bad happened to make me feel that way. I don't have depression or usually feels more like I just need to get the feeling out of my system. So I go to my book shelf, pick up a sad book and let the tears do their work. Afterwards, I feel like a brand new person, so refreshed!!

If I'm desparate, I watch a sad movie. A good cry always do me good.

Anyone else feel this way?
Jun 14, 2009 @ 11:10 am

crying is cathartic!

A good cry is good for you, or so I've heard (can't find a reputable reference to link here just now). It supposedly releases stress hormones and body toxins, in addition to being just a good way to vent emotion. Cry away!

I want also to mention: when I started this thread I was not totally clear. Sometimes I get PBD (post-book...) from a funny or thoughtful book. It's not that I'm depressed from the subject matter or how the characters got under my skin. More like I'm seriously bummed the ride is over. Wishing I was still in mid-book so I could enjoy it, contemplating rereading it immediately, thinking about it constantly-- that sort of thing. I had PBD after the first time I read Pride & Prejudice and the first Shopaholic, so you see it need not always be a sad book or make me miserable. Just borderline obsessed with it :P
Jun 14, 2009 @ 05:13 pm

i hear ya..

This would happen to me everytime I finished a Harry Potter book. Knowing that I have to wait another two years for the next book would kill me!
Jun 14, 2009 @ 07:47 pm

harry potter

I would definitely have to say the main books that give me PBD are the Harry Potter series.

However, thinking back on books I've read in the past 5 years (I don't read a whole lot, so this list isn't humongous), Cannery Row gave me PBD. Steinbeck did such an amazing job wrapping you into the characters' worlds. On top of that, when I read it I was living in Monterey, CA (the setting of the story), so it was particularly meaningful.
Jun 14, 2009 @ 08:28 pm


Spotty... I LOVED Cannery Row!! I read it many many years ago because my Dad told me I should read it. I didn't know anything about Steinbeck or the book and I read it to make my Dad happy. But I really enjoyed it and it's one of my favorite books to this day!

I was actually just thinking the other day, that I should read it again! One of the lines that stands out in my head from so many years ago is (this might not be word for word)... "It's ain't gunna be no mouse fart party either!" I love that line and my Dad and I still reference that line to each other once in a while! :)

I know all about PBD! I just seem to get so attached to, and invested in some characters and their lives that I want to know more. I want to know what happens next. I wish I could call them up, after I'm done the book, and say "So what happened after that....?"
Jun 15, 2009 @ 12:05 am

Every time ;)

I'd say I probably get PBD with every single book I read. If I don't like a book, I can't get past the first chapter anyway, so then I haven't wasted the time reading it. When I've spent so many hours reading a book, it only seems natural to get depressed that I don't get to jump into the thoughts of the characters. I will often find myself thinking of the book for a long time afterwards. In fact, I still think of books I finished years ago.

TTW for sure, Shopaholic, the Outlander series, any Philippa Gregory book, but especially her series about Henry VIII, and most often serious thinker books!

Did Popsicle really coin that phrase?!
Jun 15, 2009 @ 09:16 pm

Philippa Gregory

I definitely got it after "The Other Boleyn Girl". Less so for some of her other work, which I just didn't get pulled into despite having an almost fanatical obsession with Henry VIII. Good call!
Jun 15, 2009 @ 10:16 pm

fake world withdrawal

Ooh that happens to me when a book is good. Most books, I don’t care, but some are just so involved that you don’t want it to be over, but it is. Harry potter, definitely.. Especially since those books spanned so many years, you always knew a new one was coming, and when the last one was over, it was oh no! I still miss that world lol. I know, im a nerd. Also, sherri tepper's books are usually really great. I recently read the margarets and when that was over I was mad I had to go on to an inferior book. She's one of my favorite authors. With any really good storyteller it's like coming up for air and youre not in that world anymore.

Jun 16, 2009 @ 01:49 pm

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