I’m fine, but my bookish heart is broken

The other day I was reading on my lunchbreak at work when one of the main characters died.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you what book it is and it’s not one I’m planning to review either. Hence the reason why I feel comfortable dropping what would otherwise be a massive spoiler.

But a main character died. The death was shocking and utterly unexpected (up till that point I had been fully expecting a daring rescue). It was well executed and well written (and horrible and pointless and WHY DID THEY HAVE TO DIE?! *sob*).

The next thing I know my lunchbreak is over and I had to go back to work. I thought I was going to cry, I could feel the lump in my throat – I was devastated.

And all around me my colleagues were hard at work, laughing and joking like nothing had happened, like no one had died and my heart hadn’t just been shattered into a million pieces.

There is perhaps something to be said for not reading during your lunchbreak. However, in my defence I had absolutely no inkling at all that anyone was going to die (I guess, you never do if the book is awesome, but still). And I couldn’t really talk to my colleagues about it because a) spoilers and b) I was at work. Time and place an’ all that. I buried myself in my work but I was thinking about it all day, a part of me waiting until the workday was over and I could pick the book back up again.

So what I want to know is how do you continue on with your day when a book has just blown your mind?

 

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