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You wake up and it’s a normal day. You eat breakfast, brush your teeth and go on with your day like any other. You’re just coming back from your lunch hour (a little late because the line at Subway was ridiculously long) when the guy who sits in the cubicle behind you asks for the date.
You look at the calendar on your desk to check, slightly annoyed because no matter how many times you tell that guy to get a calendar he insists he doesn’t need one. Your finger searches the calendar and lands on today’s date and suddenly you freeze. No, it can’t be today. Did a whole year really go by that fast? You sit in your desk chair with poor back support stunned. You aren’t ready, you need more time. This isn’t fair you think, as you start to get teary eyed, time couldn’t possibly have gone by that fast. But alas, the day is here. The day the last book in a beloved series comes out has arrived and with it sorrow.
The guy behind you reminds you that he still needs the date to which you reply with, “Shell out a whole two dollars for a calendar Bob!” Then you phone your boss in her office and tell her you’re taking the rest of the day off because something in your sandwich isn’t sitting right.
And on the elevator ride down to the parking garage, your mind is racing. There is so many things you still need to do to prepare. Do you have time? Well, you’ll make time. You weren’t going to face this unprepared.
Step One: Stop At Walgreens
- Pick up one box of tissues for the moment when you’re reading the last page and everything ends happily ever after but all you can do is cry your eyes out because it’s all OVER.
- Pick up one King Size Dark Chocolate Hershey Bar. Chocolate contains components known to boost people’s spirits and dark chocolate is considered a super food so you don’t have to feel guilty for eating chocolate during your no carbs/sugar/or-anything-that-tastes-good diet.
- Pick up some Tylenol PM because after that book you’re mind is going to be racing, and you don’t want to have bags under your eyes for work the next day.
Step Two: Stop At Your Local Book Store
- Treat yourself to THREE new books so you have something to look forward too after your beloved series (after the appropriate amount of grieving of course). Pick two books off your TBR list and one book that stands out to you for any reason.
Step Three: Order Pizza
- Because the only thing worse than finishing a series you love is finishing a series you love and having to do the dishes after. Eating pizza right out of the box eliminates that problem, so tip your delivery man well and tell him your eyes are watery because of your sinus infection.
Step Four: Comfimize Your Reading Spot
- In case you’re not already familiar with the term, comfimize means to make a place comfy. So whether you’re reading on the sofa, bed, armchair, nook or floor you will need the following items:
- Every pillow you own
- The blanket grandma made you
- Your stuffed animal that you told your parents you’ve outgrown but then snuck out of the yard sale and kept ever since
Step Five: The Essentials
- You should have your cell phone on hand so you can call your book buddies who will understand your pain
- You should have several bottles of water near by to stay hydrated, there’s going to be a lot of tears
- Have Netflix ready to go in case you need to step away from the book for a while and lose your thoughts in the comforting scenery of The Walking Dead.
I must warn you, even after all of this, it’s still going to hurt. That last page is still going to sting and the realization of it all being over is going to hit you like a ton of bricks, but with this guide, you’ll be able to move on. I promise, you’ll get through this.
How do you prepare for the end of a beloved series? Share below and happy reading!