Saturday, July 11, 2009

Withdrawal


Does anyone else get really bummed out when they finish a great book?  
I tend to get so wrapped up in the story and the characters, that I just can't bear to part with them when it's over.  I have spent the last three days reading four of the Shopaholic books - I checked out Confessions of a Shopaholic a few months ago, and since then had been on the waiting list for Shopaholic Takes Manhattan.  I finally got that on Thursday, and devoured it.  So, Friday I went back to the library to check out Shopaholic Ties the Knot.  Which I read in exactly two hours.  So this morning, I decided to play it safe, and I checked out the remaining two Shopaholic books - Shopaholic and Sister, and Shopaholic and Baby, thinking that would last me at least through the weekend.

Sadly, I read both books this afternoon/evening.  Now, the entire series is over, and my time with Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood is over.  Sniffle.  

Anyone out there know what I'm talking about?  Kind of like when Matt and I rented every season of the Sopranos.  And when it was over, it was so sad.  No more Sopranos.  And then, we rented every season of the West Wing.  And then, that was over, too.  

But, anyway.  I absolutely LOVED the Shopaholic books (if you don't know what I'm talking about, they are written by Sophie Kinsella and I highly recommend that you head to the library immediately and start reading), and I can't wait to see the movie!  It's in our Blockbuster queue, and it should be coming to us next, which I know will please Matt quite a bit.  Okay, maybe not.

But after reading those books, a large part of me wished that we lived in London, hopping on trains to places like Cumbria, meeting lovely British people and having tea.  Oh, and it wouldn't be so bad if I had a best friend who had a castle in Scotland, either.  Sigh.

Okay, enough is enough.  I have been consistently setting Rhett Butler's People aside every time I check out another Shopaholic book, so I guess it's time to finish this one up.  

On a not-so-surprising note, I am making almost no headway whatsoever with my summer reading list.  Mostly because I keep reading books that aren't on it.  But then, of course, I add them to the list, just so I can check them off.  :)

14 comments:

Casey (@ Ever-Changing Life) said...

I totally get this. While I'm not sure I am with you yet on Shopaholic (they stress me out, her debt actually makes me sick to my stomach, dang Dave Ramsey), but I do get emotionally attached to characters in series. I don't want them to end!

brown eyed girl said...

I am the same way, especially with Patricia Cornwell books. I've read every book in her series of Kay Scarpetta, the medical examiner. The last one came out in '08, I've been waiting for a new book! And the hubby and I did the same thing with LOST and Heroes, I get sad when things end. What does that say about us? Termination issues? LOL! I hope you're enjoying the summer reading as much as it sounds like you are!

brown eyed girl said...

I am the same way, especially with Patricia Cornwell books. I've read every book in her series of Kay Scarpetta, the medical examiner. The last one came out in '08, I've been waiting for a new book! And the hubby and I did the same thing with LOST and Heroes, I get sad when things end. What does that say about us? Termination issues? LOL! I hope you're enjoying the summer reading as much as it sounds like you are!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I know how you feel. When I'm reading a really good series of books it's so hard to part with them when it's over. It always makes me feel let down that their gone and I have no idea when I'll get to hear about their lives again. I read ALL of the Stuart Woods Stone Barrington books and I'm dying waiting for the next one.

Sherrie said...

I felt the exact same way when I read the books on vacation last summer. I absolutely loved that series.

Anonymous Prep said...

I did the exact same thing with the Shopaholic books - I borrowed the entire series from a friend and read them far too quickly. To take the edge off I also read all the other non-Shopaholic books that Kinsella wrote. It helped for a few days.

Lucy Marie said...

I am like this too. Especially with books that are a part of a series.I was this way with the shopaholic books, the harry potter books and the twilight books. I tried to slow myself down as much as possible during the last book so my time with the characters wouldn't end quite so soon. let us know how you like the movie. it was cute but not like the books in many ways.

Jenn said...

i am definitely the same way. i get so bummed when a good book is over. i haven't read the shopoholic series yet - but it sounds like i need to!

Abbie said...

Sophie Kinsella's real name is Madeleine Wickham, which she writes books under, as well. You should look for some of those books. I know it would be Shopaholic, but they're still pretty funny. I also like Jane Green.

Miss A said...

I LOVE love love the books, and I've re-read them hundreds of times... Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed by the movie- although I definitely won't lie and say I wasn't there opening day and have since purchased the DVD... I hope you like it!

Molly Lou Gifts said...

I just sent you an email because my comments were ridiculously long. Oops!

Love your post!

Legallyblondemel said...

Yup - books do this to me as well. I'm a frequent re-reader of my favorites, "Shopaholic" included, so I feel like I'm not totally missing my book friends.

Ms. Attitude said...

The Shopaholic Series is amazing! My favorite.

Lucky in Love said...

Weird...I am currently making my way through the Sopranos! :) I watched it while it was on...but I wanted to see it again!