So, I know I'm a little late to the party, but I just finished Karen Marie Moning's Fever series and loved every minute of it! I selfishly ignored all of my review requests and have read this series exclusively for several weeks now. As much as I loved the Fever series, it has left me in a state of mind that Natalie and I call a "Book Slump."
A Book Slump occurs when you finish an excellent book or series and just can't move on. Nothing else compares to what you just read, and you don't want to let go of the characters or story. It's almost like you are honoring the book by abstaining from reading other books for a little while. For us, only five star and stalker-worthy books inspire Book Slumps. Before the Fever series, the last book that left me feeling this way was Richelle Mead's Last Sacrifice.
We admit to being in the Book Slump state for weeks (more like months for Natalie) after reading the Twilight Saga. Yes, we are Twilight fans through and through, although we have made room in our hearts for other books. We have Richelle Mead to thank for breaking us out of our Twilight-inspired Book Slump with her outstanding Vampire Academy series.
The Book Slump state is not to be confused with the Book Depression state. A Book Depression occurs when you read a book that you thought would be awesome, epic, outstanding, etc, and ends up being a huge disappointment. We tend to talk up our anticipated releases and build them up in our heads. Then, when the book finally comes out and doesn't meet our expectations, we're left with all of our dreams shattered.
The last book that sent us into a Book Depression was, I'm sorry to say, Mockingjay. A Book Depression usually lasts until we read a stalker-worthy book (or binge watch episodes of The Vampire Diaries on TheCW.com). There are some authors we depend on to break us out of Book Depressions: Jeaniene Frost, Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, Anna Godbersen, Francine Rivers, and Liz Curtis Higgs, to name a few.
Have you ever experienced a Book Slump or a Book Depression? What do you do to break yourself out of it? CAN you be broken out of it or do you just wait it out? I find that I have to give myself at least two days for a Book Slump, although I get out of Book Depressions faster if I start reading again immediately. I want to hear your thoughts on Book Slumps and Book Depressions!