Originally I had another discussion-esque post planned for this month but then I started thinking about how I react when I’m really anticipating the release of a book and decided that would be more fun to talk about. Between The Song Rising releasing at the beginning of the year and two of my other most highly anticipated reads releasing this month (one of them tomorrow as I’m writing this on May 1st) I’ve realized that I go through different stages when I’m excited about a book. Five stages to be exact, and I have a feeling a lot of us go through these. Especially when it comes to anticipating books in a series we love. This is going to be half serious half over dramatic but I hope it makes you guys laugh.
The Five Stages of Anticipating a Book’s Release
Stage 1: I need this book to be released right now!
I need it, I want it! How am I supposed to wait a whole year for this book to be released? Why hasn’t someone invented a time machine just for bookworms so that we don’t have to wait for books to be released? AKA the stage you enter as you finish a book in a series and realize you have to wait for the next one, that books don’t just magically grow on trees. Or even just the stage that comes with being really excited for a new book that sounds like it could be your next favorite.
Stage 2: Out of sight out of mind.
Okay, the amount of time I spend thinking about how much I want this book is getting out of hand. Thinking about it constantly isn’t going to make time go by faster. Maybe if I just move on for a bit, pretend it doesn’t exist, time will go by faster? Before I know it the book will be released! AKA the stage where you try the out of sight out of mind method, try to read another book and forget.
Stage 3: HA! You thought pretending would work? It’s called denial.
I can totally do this! It’s only a year long wait. That’s not that long away. I’m a good, patient bookworm. Look at me reading other books and not thinking about the book I really want to read. I got this! *author/publisher reveals the cover, synopsis, and/or excerpt* WHO AM I KIDDING!? I NEED THIS BOOK! I CAN’T WAIT! AKA the stage where you’re completely in denial over how much you want the book and only realize it when they throw you a bone.
Stage 4: It’s almost here!
Oh, look! Only a few weeks/months left until the book is released. *jumps up and down in excitement and starts counting down the days again* I can’t wait! AKA the stage where you finally start letting yourself really think about the book and admit to the excitement again because it’s nearly here.
Stage 5: ONLY ONE MORE DAY!
Oh my god, it’s releasing tomorrow! I’m excited but I’m scared. I want to read it but I’m scared. What if one of my favorites die? What if it ends in a cliffhanger? What if my expectations are too high? What if I don’t love it? I lied. I’m not ready for this! I need more time! AKA the stage where you have all of the feelings before reading and don’t know whether you’re anxious or excited or both. But, of course, you’re still going to dive head first into it!
I’m actually on stage five at the moment, which is what prompted this post. Which also brings me to what I want to ask you guys –
Have you ever gone through the five stages of anticipating a book’s release?
If you’re going through it right now what stage are you on?