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Old 01-09-2012, 02:29 AM
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I had to smile when i started reading the OP....because, yes, it sounds kinda familiar. i enjoy reading so much! I usually read fiction, and if it's a good book, i get involved with the chracters and they almost become real to me. My life fades away as I'm caught up in the story, so it's almost a shock when the ending comes..."oh, yes, it's only a book--not real" kind of feeling. And like some of you, i tend to read even faster to get thru it if I'm particularly enjoying it. I have the luxury of time....I can sit down and read a book all the way thru....because I live alone and am retired now. i usually read one in about 3-3 1/2 hrs. (depends on length and degree of difficulty, of course) I especially enjoy mysteries.
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:25 AM
Location: Tampa, FL
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I used to get sad when I got near the end of a really good book, but then I learned a trick that makes it all better. When I finish, I just start again! I find that there are always details of foreshadowing, concepts, etc that I didn't catch the first time around. I find it quite satisfying to go through it all again while the entire plot is fresh in my mind. Usually by the time I complete my re-read I am ready for a new book, but I know if I read it twice right off the bat, that it will be something I will enjoy re-reading many times in the years to come. Of course I don't do this with every book I read, only the ones that I really enjoyed and did not want to end.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:31 PM
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I wouldn't say I panic, but occasionally I'll read a book that ends far sooner than I'd prefer. But I always have the next book waiting, and I dive right into it.
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:57 AM
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This is pretty much the opposite of my fear, which is that I will never be able to get around to reading all of the fantastic books that I know are out there and that I want to read.

Heck, my to-read list is well over 400 (and growing!), and I read slower than anyone I know.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:54 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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If you're in that funk right now, thinking there will never be another great book, go and find Abraham Verghese's "Cutting for Stone". THEN, you will think there will never be another great book.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Mightyqueen801 View Post
On the other hand, I get a sense of anxiety when I'm in the bookstore or library. There are way too many more books to read than time left in my lifespan.

I'm starting to feel that way, too.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:24 PM
Location: San Antonio
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When a good book is going I don't panic, but get anxious.

However I don't slow down. I do the exact opposite!! I floor it. Read it as fast as possible without losing the details and tune everything else out. Nothing like bringing on the dread of finishing a book faster. I just simply can't slow burn it and savor. Gotta see how the plot moves and finishes.
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:39 PM
Location: Nebraska
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Originally Posted by tijlover View Post
Whenever I find a really, really good book, towards the end I find myself going into a small panic, that I'll never find another book as equally as exciting to read. I've been known, when finishing up a really exciting book, to slow down to a page or two a day as I wanted the excitement to last as long as possible. And, if I don't find a good replacement, I find myself depressed and anxious.

Does anybody else go through this?
I sure have. When that happens I either go fishing, hunting or for a ride on my motorcycle.
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