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21 Things To Do After A Book Breaks Your Damn Heart

Because you can't just cry on the floor forever.

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us how they deal with book hangovers. Here are their tips for filling that book-shaped hole in your chest.


3. Or talk it out with an objective third party who doesn't mind being spoiled.

Anna Borges

"I explain the entire plot line to someone who I know won't read the book. For some reason I feel like I need to tell people the emotional roaster coaster I was just on in order to get it off my chest." —katieg4d7167f28

6. Read something with a guaranteed happy ending.

"I usually read old Harlequin and M&B books. They're classic and nothing trumps a happy ever after ending." —Temitope Barakat Lawal, Facebook


7. Or an old childhood favorite that always comforts you.

"I go read one of my favourite books that I've loved from when I was little. (e.g: Harry Potter). Even though I will never get over the deaths in that book, I'm still familiar with the parts of the book that stab me in the heart and it's like I'm welcoming those old wounds like an old friend." —hookbae070304

8. Listen to an audiobook instead.

"Audiobooks are my everything! When I'm lost after a good book, I download an audiobook from the library because the book hangover is too real to put my eyes to words. So I listen instead!" —BookishlyBouv

10. Listen to some themed fanmixes to wallow in the feels a bit more.

"I make a playlist based on my favorite characters or relationships in the book and listen to it on repeat while thinking of alternate endings or situations that involve those characters." —victorias4ce47a58f

If you don't want to make your own, Spotify and 8tracks are both A+ places to find fandom playlists.

11. Fall down the fandom rabbit hole for any and all content.


"I dive in to related content: I look up fan art, blogs/online discussions, fan-made trailers, reviews, and sometimes even fanfiction. I try to soak up as much additional content as I can before I let go completely. It's basically closure. Sweet, painful closure." —meaganelizabethr2


14. If there is one, watch the movie adaptation — then cheer yourself up by making fun of how it just doesn't compare.

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"If possible, I watch the movie to bitch about the emotion they obviously didn't get right in the movie, as compared to the book." —jillt43ac92896

15. Focus on the happy plot points so your heart hurts less.

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"Sure, so-and-so died but that other character got married, and that other one did this, and so one. Then I try to just completely forget about the book and not ever mention it again, because the mere thought gets me emotional again." —_sheerio6615_

16. Start a new book STAT.

"I immediately start a new book. I actually usually don't even finish books unless I have another on hand to soften the blow. Sometimes I'll give myself a few hours to process if necessary, but most of the time I start the next without even blinking." —Doggonehiking


17. Go back out into the world to get some ~fresh air~.

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"I go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Catch up with friends and go do some outdoor activity. Pretty much I do anything just to remember that what happened in the book didn't happen to me, and I will be fine." —lindsayt4692defd9

18. Distract yourself by getting obsessed with a new show instead — then switch back to books after that breaks your heart, too.

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"Honestly, I get over a book by obsessing over a show, and vise versa." —deborahr49d17d59e

19. Line up your hangover cure ahead of time.

"Before I start a series that I know will emotionally destroy me or leave me in an existential pit of dispair, I make sure to make a list of books, movies, or shows that I will follow it with that I know will lift me up again." —grr469

20. Just FEEL it.

Dami Lee

"When traumatized by a book ending, I have to give myself a couple of days to readjust to the rest of the world, and the emotions that have torn my soul to shreds. It's like no one knows what you just went through emotionally, so who do you turn too for comfort when it's over!" —Anjeliqka

21. Just read the damn thing again. Like, immediately.

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"Just give in and re-read the book. Maybe there'll be less trauma the second time." —Lindsy Russell, Facebook

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