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30 September 2013


I think a book hangover is where the book stays with you after you've finished reading. Like, the ending was a major twist, or the scene was so real you didn't want to stop living in it, or the characters were real and you wanted to stay friends forever. Since you read nonfiction mostly, maybe it's a book that made you reconsider something about life, or the info took a while to digest. Basically a book hangover prevents you from immediately starting another book because you don't want to let to of the current one even when you've finished it. (I saw "book hangover" on Facebook and it made sense at the time. I hope I'm explaining it right.)

Well, that makes sense, but I'd never consider drinking too much or the feeling of having a hangover as something I'd want to hang on to.
As you describe it, I can't really say any book has ever given me the "wanted to keep living in it forever" feeling. Perhaps because really good reads just make me hungry to move right on to even more good reads. Any of my "favorites," probably, constitute books that re-occur to my mind frequently, as with John Bowe's "Nobodies," etc.
I also really, really enjoy closure, so I can't say that I've ever been sorry when series come to a close. I wasn't really disappointed when Harry Potter ended, for instance. I just wanted to know what happened and be done. I'm totally different with TV shows, though. I would have stayed interested in the X-Files for many more seasons, and I'm definitely disappointed it looks like they're done making the BBC mystery series "Inspector Lewis."

And Marcie,
Thanks for explaining it to me--I'm often quite dense!

I love this meme. Care at http://bkclubcare.wordpress.com/ also did it last week.

I am with you on the Reading Regret. I think I could have answered the One Book You Have Read Multiple Times for you (I have yet to get to that one!). I knew that you liked Norman Maclean, but I didn't know your reason was so personal. I am glad you were able to find solace in that book. I read it myself earlier this year.

Thanks for the link to Care's answers! I'll have to put that in the post proper.
Glad also to know I'm not the only one with that Reading Regret. What was I thinking?
And yeah, the Norman. I loved River Runs Through It even before I needed it for comfort, but I never really got its theme of "you can love completely without complete understanding" (although I'd heard it a million times) before we lost my brother. Good old Norman. This is what's great about books. I've suggested River... a million times and not everyone loves it (I'm guessing that your measured "read it myself earlier this year" response is trying to be diplomatic? Maybe not? But I'd love to know how you liked it and you certainly won't hurt my feelings), but I know that somewhere, somehow, all readers have a book that they personally turn to again and again.

I liked A River Runs Through It. What I most appreciated about it was you had to read it quite slowly and carefully because what was not written is as important as what is written, if that makes any sense.

I read it along with the other two MacLean stories in the library copy I checked out. I think, however, my expectations were pretty high. All three stories gave off a whiff of "manly men". You know, men fish and fight and booze and whore and don't talk about much and women stay home and clean up the mess or are whores and don't count for much.

I had a hard time reconciling the picture of the old guy on the back cover with someone who would get in a fist fight or fight a forest fire or whatever...but apparently all three stories are fairly autobiographical.

Yes, Norman's attention to words and sentences was excellent. I heard him give an interview once where he said something to the effect that he wrote and rewrote until every word was just what he wanted.
Hilariously, I don't know that I ever read the other two stories in the collection. I have heard this before in people's opinions of ARRTI and the stories, they are too much "fishing" or "outdoors" detailed, but I must admit I mainly just let that stuff fly by me on my way to the story about their family dynamics.
Have you read his nonfiction title "Young Men and Fire" about smokejumpers? Really quite fascinating, and about "manly men," but doesn't really fixate on them. And you don't have to take just my word for it--Unruly Reader loved it too: http://unrulyreader.blogspot.com/2010/09/bbaw-forgotten-treasure.html

Thanks for sharing your Norman opinion! I love hearing how people react to his writing.

Enjoyed this format for looking at one's reading. Your comments and reviews made me just add Nobodies, The Big Necessity and The Restless Sleep to my hold list at Sequoya. Just started something called "Overbooked" about world tourism, which is the mainstay of most economies these days from the sound of it. Might be something you'd enjoy.

I like to run right out and avoid Jodi Picoult, too!

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