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?
(Obviously, there can be more than one answer, here–a book with a cliff-hanger is going to engender different reactions than a serene, stand-alone, but you get the idea!)
Well, like she said, it's different based on the type of book. If I'm reading non-fiction, I'll just slide right into the next non-fiction book.
Not a lot of books I read have cliffhangers, so I don't have that complication. Usually, I need a few days between fiction books. I like to, like she said, savor and muse over the book. It's like I need to let that dream fade away, create some headspace, so I can then travel to a new place, refreshed. If I've really enjoyed the book, I like to consider what happens after The End, and what all the subtext means, and replay powerful or well-loved scenes in my head.
If I've really loved the book, and hate to leave the world that's been created, I have to fight the urge to turn the book over and start again. I do that every time I get to the end of the LOTR trilogy, and I did that when I got to the end of the 20 (and 1/4) Aubrey-Maturin cycle by Patrick O'Brian. I slowed down reading the last couple of books, savoring them, because I was so gutted it was almost over. If I have successfully fought the urge to start a well-loved book again, I can't read other fiction for a week or two. I've usually got two books going at the same time, so I'll have a non-fiction already in process, ready to fill that void.