"You've Read a Good Book"

"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." ~ Paul Sweeney
Have you ever felt a bit of an emotional let down after finishing a really excellent book?  How would you finish the sentence: "You know you've read a good book when..."?

11 Response to ""You've Read a Good Book""

  1. lisa :) says:
    January 26, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    I experienced this a little bit when I finished reading Anne of Green Gables. I knew the story from the movie versions, but in reading the text, I felt it was a closer look at Anne growing up from a little girl to a young woman. Her character was so sunny and charming that when I finished the book I was actually a little sad that it was over. Thankfully, there are plenty of sequels!

  2. Owl says:
    January 26, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    I just finished American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld and it's slayed me. I'm completely useless, I feel like there's this absence in my life. Even though I have a heap of other good books to read, I don't want to read them.

  3. Anonymous Says:
    January 26, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Oh, that's precisely how I feel about some of my favorite books! And those are the ones I re-read, as with good friends, I like to visit with them often.

  4. SunTiger says:
    January 26, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    I'd repeat what Owl said: There's a sudden absence (like a death) in your life when a really good book ends. Fortunately, writers of good books tend to write more than one ... sequels ROCK.

  5. Risa says:
    January 27, 2011 at 4:51 AM

    You know you've read a good book when the emotions it evokes stay with you for hours afterwards.


    You know you've read a good book when you think about it and chew on it hours after the last page has been turned.


  6. Deborah Lawrenson says:
    January 27, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    You know you've read a good book when you think, oooh, I wish I'd written that!

  7. Anonymous Says:
    January 27, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Oh, I feel like I'm losing friends after finishing a book all the time. It's so sad--especially when you know that re-reading a book just won't be the same as that first time.

    (Btw, thanks for stopping by Broke & Bookish! I hope you have a chance to try Beautiful Creatures, soon--it's definitely one of those books that this quote is talking about!)

  8. Attack of the Book! says:
    January 27, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    ... when you want to erase your memory and start all over again! Or, you can't stop smiling or crying. Or, when you want to tell everyone about it - even those people you know won't care.

  9. Anonymous Says:
    January 28, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    You know you've read a good book when you can't keep yourself from telling everyone and anyone about it.

  10. Tif Sweeney says:
    January 30, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    You know you've read a good book when you want to turn back to the first page again and start all over!!!

    This is one of my favorite all-time quotes!!!!

  11. Lisa says:
    January 30, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    You can't decide if you want to race through the book as it nears the end because you can't wait to see what happens but I'm sad to think I'll be done with it so I want to make it last so I slow down.

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