So yesterday I reviewed White Like Milk, Red Like Blood by Alessandro D’Avenia (go ahead and read it now, if you want). Basically, it was even better than TFiOS, and had all the best parts of Perks of Being a Wallflower mixed into it as well. Easily a new favorite for me. But then I came across this dilemma when I was going to start reading Vampire Academy #3 right after.
How do I read a fluffy book like VA right after finishing something so incredibly touching and life changing?
I honestly felt like I was cheapening the impact that White had on me by reading something that was more of a guilty pleasure right after. Like I was cheating on this extraordinarily special book with something that I read just to entertain me and keep my mind off life.
I ended up not reading anything else that night, just to let White really seep into me and settle into all the crevices of my head so I didn’t forget anything. And then the next day I felt a lot better and like I had waited the sufficient amount of time before it would be considered “not cheating.”
So here’s my question to you: after you finish an emotionally draining or inspiring book, do you feel like you have to wait a certain amount of time before you can respectfully move on to the next book?