DISCUSSION: Dealing With Sad Books

We’ve all been through those traumatic times when reading: tears streaming down your face, a feeling of utter despair. And I bet that you’re wishing that you had my advice then (you’re probably not but I can always dream!).

Here is my advice:

1. You can never have enough tissues. You heard me! You need something to wipe those tears away with and your friends will thank me when they don’t have your snot on their shoulders!

2. Take deep breaths. No, don’t hyperventilate but don’t faint either from holding your breath! Concentrating on your breathing will really help to calm you down.

3. Cry it out! I know I’m majorly contradicting myself here but sometimes it’s a good thing to cry!

4.Thrust the book into the hands of everyone you see! Seriously, if I were you I would be going out in to the streets and throwing the book at people until they read it. This is also a good thing as you can talk to people about it too!

5. Take your time! Nobody is telling you to come to terms with the book straight away! Even if it takes 5 years (it probably won’t do! But oh well!) it really doesn’t matter!

What do you do when you read a sad book?

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    fiona hadfield
    17 January, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I haven’t read many (if any) sad books that have made me really upset (maybe cried a little at one or two books) but I shall remember these tips for when it happens (I’m sure it will as I’m reading The Fault in Our Stars right now)


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    17 January, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I think that crying it out helps! I like to get all my emotions out when I read the book, so I’m clear-eyed when I’m writing my review. 🙂 Great post!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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    Rebekah Campbell
    18 January, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Ugh the past two years, my tear ducts have been malfunctioning like nobody’s business! Every third book I read has me sobbing at like 3am haha! Just has to be done though 🙂 Awesome post, Lucy

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    Ramblings of a Part time Druid
    19 January, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I used to read Nicholas Sparks books, while waiting for my mother to pick me up in high school. I was that crazy girl on a bench in front of a chinese restaurant bawling my eyes out..

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    Zoe Crook
    19 January, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Brilliant post, Lucy! Even though they make me cry, I love sad books. They make the book so haunting and they can stay with you for a long time.
    Oh dear… now I’m thinking about one book in particular…
    THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!!!!!!!!! D:

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    Book Blogger Mom
    25 January, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I’m not a fan of sad books. Enough sad things happen in real life. I would rather not read about them in books.

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