Friday, September 25, 2009


I have so many different emotions after finishing a book.

1) Joy - depending on the book
2) Disappointment - depending on the book
3) Accomplishment - I felt that back in university after reading James Joyce
4) Sadness - either you wasted your time or you're sad the book is over
5) Anger - when characters disappear or you hate the ending
6) Excitement - especially if it its a series
7) Tiredness - which is always a sign of a great book

This morning I'm feeling 5 out of the 7 as I stayed up until 2am to finish the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Great book. I even pretended to go to bed with my husband, but when he was asleep got up and finished it.

And the good news is, there's a second. Yeah. Off to the book store this weekend in between two basketball games and two football games.

What do you like most about finishing a book?


Natalie said...

Oh, I loved The Hunger Games! And Catching Fire is almost as good--it end on a major cliffhanger though. If a book is good I almost always feel sad when I finish, but I love thinking about it for days and sometimes weeks afterward.

Lazy Writer said...

I love it when the characters stay with me long after I finish reading about them. That's what I'm striving for in my own writing. I want my characters to stay with my readers even after they've finished my book.

JKB said...

Oh Patti, you'll love the second as well! Every bit as good!

I agree, Katniss and Peeta stay in my mind long after I read about them. Truly alive characterisation.

Patti said...

Natalie: I agree it's a very sad feeling, that's why I'm excited there's another book.

Susan: I think that's the key is, having your characters seem so real that they stay with you for a long time.

Jen: I loved the characterizations.

Jessie Oliveros said...

I have been reading bits of Hunger Games, partly because I wanted to remember exactly how Suzanne Collins executed first person present so well, and also so I could be ready for #2 (my present to myself when I finish my first draft). Anyway, I'm not kidding-it made me cry (the first part, you know where she steps in for her sister and her district doesn't applaud but sends her their tribute signal instead), and I didn't cry the first time around. Maybe it's pregnant-cry, or maybe she's just that good of a writer.