BTT: The End


You’ve just reached the end of a book . . . what do you do now? Savor and muse over the book? Dive right into the next one? Go take the dog for a walk, the kids to the park, before even thinking about the next book you’re going to read? What?

Well, I usually close the book first…

And from there, it depends. If it’s before bed, I’ll put the book on my desk and deal with it the next day. If it’s not, I’ll journal it at BookCrossing and then decide what to do with it: send it as a gift to a BookCrosser who has it on their wish list, give it to Mom or a friend, or register it at the book trading sites I use.

So that’s the mechanical, ending-the-book stuff.

As for picking up the next one, that also depends. If it was an extraordinary read, I won’t want to read anything for a bit. That means hours or until the next day, at the most. If not, I peruse my list of what’s been here the longest, pick something that sounds different from what I just finished, and am off and running again.

Because, you know, I have WAY too many books here, waiting to be read. I’ll never get caught up and onto some of the stuff you guys blog about if I don’t keep on reading.



  1. Kimmie

    March 20, 2008 7:19 pm

    I can’t keep up with the lists I make off other peoples blogs. I hear about so many good books.

  2. bunnygirl

    March 20, 2008 7:51 pm

    If it’s REALLY good, I stare at the last paragraph for a few minutes, letting it sink in, then I go back to the beginning and read the book all over again! Honest! 🙂

  3. Breeni Books

    March 20, 2008 9:16 pm

    LOL Close it, hehe.BR/BR/Happy BTT!

  4. gautami tripathy

    March 20, 2008 9:18 pm

    Yes, close to the book and go onto the next! Where is the time to hold on to it?BR/BR/:D

  5. BookGal

    March 20, 2008 11:46 pm

    Good point – it is hard to keep up with so many great books out there.

  6. Florinda

    March 21, 2008 12:02 am

    I’m pretty similar in wanting to put a little space between my books if I’ve just finished a really good one – but the amount of space is about the same as yours, no more than the next day.

  7. Table Talk

    March 21, 2008 5:19 am

    Well I can definitely identify with the position of having so many books to get through. Even pausing for breath seems like a bad idea some days.

  8. Winter

    March 21, 2008 10:04 am

    I go with my inner flow. Sometimes I read blogs, sometimes its all MBs, sometimes it’s ebooks, sometimes actual hard copy books. I go in fits and starts, wherever my mood takes me. It took me months to finish JR Ward’s books, but I finished the last Julia Quinn in a single sitting. And really, one wasn’t better than the other. I just more into one than the other at the time.

  9. Amy Ruttan

    March 21, 2008 10:49 am

    Hmmm takes me a couple of days unless it’s the first of a series and I want to dive into next one. LOL!

  10. Gwen Mitchell

    March 21, 2008 8:27 pm

    I *wish* I was that organized. But if it’s a good one, I have no discipline at all and must read all that come after. It’s almost compulsive. I will get lost for a couple days (at Starbucks on my way to work – supposedly). What paycheck?

  11. pussreboots

    March 21, 2008 8:46 pm

    I make release notes for the book. Then about three weeks later I get around to reviewing the book. Happy BTT.

  12. Mrs S | 50 Book Challenge

    March 22, 2008 3:34 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my site 🙂 I thought I’d come and visit you in your little corner of the internet and see what you did when you’ve finished your books. I like the idea that you write reviews at bookcrossing – and send your books as gifts. If mine is a keeper then it goes on teh *read* shelf – and if it’s not I register it at Readitswapit – so that I can hopefully trade it for something on my wish list – and so the TBR pile keeps on growing! *lol*

  13. Lesley

    March 22, 2008 8:41 pm

    I dive straight in – can’t bear to be without a book!

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