Saturday, 15 May 2010

Weekly Geeks - (Post Amazing Book Depression) P.A.B.D.

P.A.B.D. has plagued me on and off for my entire life. I know many bookworms who are faced with the same problem. Please read on to see if you have PABD and see how you can help yourself or others suffering from this disorder.
So what is P.A.B.D.?
Post Amazing Book Depression - The over-whelming sad feeling one gets after finishing a great book.

Signs of P.A.B.D.

Missing characters

* often includes talking about characters in day to day life
------- ex. I wonder what Katsa and Po are doing.
------- ex. Do you think Cat and Bones will get married?
------- ex. If she doesn't choose Eric, I don't know how I'll survive.
* hearing songs that remind you of certain characters/scenes

Constant rereading of the same book

* extreme cases can lead to the reading of fan-fiction

Stalking of the author

* constantly checking their blog for updates
* Googling interviews in which the book (or series) are mentioned
* joining multiple fansites

lack of interest in other books

* finding yourself staring at your bookshelf and seeing nothing worth reading
* wandering around the bookstore/library picking up and putting back books
How to live with P.A.B.P.

Find other books by the same author.

* Is there more in the series?

Search for books with similar themes.

* Thanks to the hard work some dedicated book lovers, you can find sites that help you find books similar to those you love.
* Use Amazon to see what others are buying that liked the book.

Have a rebound book.

* Keep a favorite book on hand to immerse yourself in.

Force a friend to read the book

* This will give you a chance to experience reading the book through someone else.
* You will then have someone to endlessly discuss the book with.

Books Known to Cause PABD
* Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
* Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
* The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
* Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris
* The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This weeks question

Have you had PABD?
What book caused it? How did you deal with it?

My thoughts

This weeks topic is one that has come at a rather timely moment for me. With the Blog Crawl happening, I have for the past week been writing down the names of authors or series that made me laugh, cried, or just want to rush out and start the next million woman march.

The list is getting mightily crowded and I can certainly say I have a whole lot of PABD in there.

After reading through Tara G’s detail list of the signs of PABD – I wholeheartedly agree and If truth be told I could add a few more finer detail to that list.

One of my more embarrassing moment (looking back now) was duking it out for a just release Hardback Omnibus copy of Grace Metalious - Peyton Place and Return to Peyton Place. My son was on my hip, I had the book in one hand and some other woman was holding onto the other side of this book.

Let’s just say it was not pretty and leave it there so I can maintain my dignity…. The sad thing about the whole thing (looking back now) was I had a paper back copy of the book and I had the movie of the book on VHS at home but I was determined to get that Omnibus in hardback. I still rate that book HIGHLY and it never comes off my shelf – unless I re-read.

Now, I am chalking it up to age and a “been there, done that attitude”, but I show some excitement when a book I am looking forward to reading goes on promo. But I don't have time to follow up authors blog or join any campaign or blog tours or any such thing.

The closet I have come within the past few years to a total groupie moment was Jourdan Lane – Soul Mate series. I love the books. I love the characters. I love the world. I am so wanting the next book in the series - Now.  However I can’t make Ms. Lane write any  faster, so I have regulated my fan girl scream to the background of my life and take each book as they come…

But trust me as soon as I see a cover or a hint that a next book is up for release – All bets are off.

There are loads of series books that have some hardcore followers, as well as individual authors themselves that attract the strangest crowd. What are your thoughts on PABD, have you any stories you can share…

Better yet  - what’s the book or series or characters that’s currently floating your boat…  The one that leaves you with the old let down blues.

Thank to Tara G from the for this weeks question.

28 Speak To Me:

Chris on 15 May 2010 at 21:54 said...

The Black Dagger Brotherhood hit me that way - of course, when I read them, Lover Enshrined wasn't out, which might've killed my love dead.

The Adrien English mysteries. Some Charles de Lint. More that I'm not remembering right now, I'm sure!

Kris on 15 May 2010 at 23:03 said...

I have definitely had PABD.

Mine usually manifests itself in forcing a friend (ie the Mumma) to read it. Most recently, this has been associated with The Hunger Games *SNAP!* and Hero by Perry Moore.

Now I feel like rereading them.

Sarah on 15 May 2010 at 23:26 said...

Awww, I know what you mean!!! I think I may be a little like Kris and feel the overwhelming urge to make others suffer from the same complaint. Although, years ago I felt the boy should have a crack at reading Susan Johnson, didn't work out so well.

Anonymous said...

The Harry Potter series hit me the very hardest. I adored each book, went to the midnight book releases, didn't answer the phone, eat or do anything until I had read them cover to cover.
When the last one came out I was lost! LOL It really was pathetic, but I just adored diving into the series.
No other book or series has done that to me since, but I do eagerly await each and every Sookie Stackhouse book - but I can put them down and actually function in my real life! LOL



Lily on 16 May 2010 at 02:37 said...

My worst case of PABD was for Stephen King's Dark Tower series. That man made me wait literally years, long years, between books. Oh how I suffered.

Next it was Harry Potter. It is still so funny to me how my youngest daughter and I read the first book together a few months after it came out and she lost interest while I fell in love with them all. Midnight book releases, rereading each preceding book as the next one came out, opening day at the movies. I could never get enough. Ah, so sad it ended.

I agree with you about the Soul Mates series, I can't wait for the next book!

Anonymous said...

I am a sufferer of this syndrome.

Harry Potter & the Twilight series definitely make my list. Some of the Susan Elizabeth Phillips books have affected me that way as well. When I was a kid, I read the Anne of Green Gables books over and over again. I sobbed every time during the parts where Matthew and the baby died. It didn't matter that I knew those things were coming.

I haven't read Outlander, but one of my friends just finished it. She hadn't read any reviews about before she picked it up, so a certain event in the book really hit her hard. She loved the book, but she was upset for days over what happened to the character.

Rikki on 16 May 2010 at 08:58 said...

I don't think I ever suffered from PABD. However, I think I need to check out this soul mates series. Happy Sunday!

Blodeuedd on 16 May 2010 at 09:09 said...

I am sure I have had it, oh yes all the symphtom ring true, but I try to forget cos else I will sink deeper ;)

But yes Robert Jordans Wheel of time

Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2010 at 12:19 said...


I am so with you there with The Black Dagger Brotherhood book.

But as you said Lover Enshrined spoiled the party.

I still have to read that Lanyon series yet - I think I am sinking into this Banis series..


Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2010 at 12:38 said...


itself in forcing a friend (ie the Mumma) to read it.

Quite a few people know about your MO now - we duck for cover when you start pimping books..

Re-reads Ahhhhhh


Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2010 at 12:41 said...


feel the overwhelming urge to make others suffer from the same complaint

Confession is good for the soul hon...

Not all our reading plans work out all the while..


Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2010 at 12:47 said...

@Ms. M..

Oh I could tell you horror stories about the HP finatics that I see over here when the HP mania was at it's peek..

I am glad you made it through the

Sookie Stackhouse - my sister is addicted...


Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2010 at 12:52 said...


Stephen King and HP, Ahh Lil, you are some scary kind of fan girl...

Funny that how you just love thw HP and your daugther jsut went onto other things - still nice oyu started it out togther..

Soul Mates series - High five girl, Love it.


Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2010 at 12:59 said...


Harry Potter & the Twilight series definitely

Another one for the club i see..

Anne of Green Gables - What a book, It's the same with me and the movie Pollyanna

I have not settle yet to read The Outlander - but I am expecting to shed tears when I do...


Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2010 at 13:00 said...


Please do check out this series - I love it...

It's never too late to have a case of PABD, so watch out..


Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2010 at 13:07 said...


We fantasty lovers are the worst ones.. We get suck into the authors world and we don't want to leave..

Robert Jordans Wheel of time - wish he would faster..


Chris on 16 May 2010 at 16:33 said...

Your pimpin' the Soul Mates series sold me. :)

The two most recent BDB books are SO much better than Lover Enshrined - you might want to give the series another shot.

And I look forward to hearing what you think of Victor's Deadly Mysteries!

Anonymous said...

I've had this happen to me so many times. I fall in love with books so quickly, it happens almost every other month or so, LOL.

At the moment I'm constantly thinking about the book Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. I can't stop thinking about and remembering scenes from that book. *happy sigh* I'm trying to get over it by planning to read another book from the same author. I feel like it's going to take a while though. :P

Sheila (Bookjourney) on 17 May 2010 at 03:48 said...

OH my gosh I love this question! I totally have had PAPD. Harry Potter is absolutely the series that is on the pedastal for me.

When they killed Dumbledore off I was at the gym on the eliptical and tears were rolling down my face... my friend I was working out with thought I was insane...

(and yes it does take an amazing book to cause me to work out and read at the same time...) :D

Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) on 18 May 2010 at 02:02 said...

Oh, yes, I definitely suffer from this ailment. Twilight, obviously, and Vampire Academy, Sookie, I read them twice in a row...and made my sister-in-law read them. Dirty by Megan Hart, I thought about them for days...

Erotic Horizon on 18 May 2010 at 07:55 said...


I think I might have to give the BDB another shot, but just not yet...

I'll let you know how I make out with the Banis books..


Erotic Horizon on 18 May 2010 at 07:58 said...


Sweethearts by Sara Zarr must be the book then, if you are still thinking about it..

I will have to go check it out..

Scenes from the book - Yup, I know about that feeling..


Erotic Horizon on 18 May 2010 at 08:00 said...


When they killed Dumbledore off

I think you are apart of millions who collectively moaned out loud when that happen..

Even kids were banned from reading that particular book...


Erotic Horizon on 18 May 2010 at 08:01 said...


I know about you strong arming your SIL to read all your favourites..

Megan Hart - Yup she is on my list..

AAHh the things we do for the book we love..


Anonymous said...

For me it was the Harry Potter books - I started to read them right before Azkaban came out, and I was hooked. I worked at Dairy Queen back then and I remember rushing though dishes to get back to the book (I was 15). I left them alone from that book on, but came back to them last year and had to read them all. They were soooo good.

Twilight - another series I waited till it was all out before I read it. I loved it and was addicted to it.

Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning - those books are AMAZING.

Erotic Horizon on 19 May 2010 at 09:30 said...


I know another Lily who does that as well - Wait until all the books are released before she digs in..

I can hear how much you enjoyed those book. I love Twilight, different but fun and I am now enjoying the movies as they are released...

Glad you have a new crush in the Moninig series..


Lea on 19 May 2010 at 23:41 said...

I have certainly been prone to this malady and sometimes I think it is chronic.

Wicked Burn..

Sweet Restraint..

Pleasure Unbound..

All left me limp and struggling for days if not weeks..

Great topic EH!

Erotic Horizon on 20 May 2010 at 20:32 said...


You probably need a direct line to Beth's computer...

Take heart hon - at least you know you are getting a near perfect read when you read her work..