Sometimes we have to wait months (don’t get me started on years) for books we’re dying for to be released. In the meantime, you distract yourself with other books, but your mind never strays very far from that particular one. You’ve been itching for it, because it sounds perfect and oh god, that COVER. Oh, it’s also by your favorite author who has never let you down. And the book is made of chocolate. Whatever the reason, you have to have it. The time for its release comes and you rush to the store to buy it, devour it in the parking lot and realize it’s not at all what you expected it to be.
Okay, so sometimes the circumstances are different, but let’s face it, we’ve all had highly-anticipated books that let us down because of our high hopes. It’s only natural for the excitement to build over the time it takes for the book to be printed and placed into our hands. Sometimes the disappointment isn’t so bad, and sometimes it’s utterly crushing.
In a way, it kind of feels like falling for someone, only to realize that they’re not who you think they are. There are plenty of fish in the sea, but you wanted THAT one to fulfill your expectations. Sometimes it’s just easier getting over it when it’s the start of a new series or a standalone written by someone you’ve never heard of before. I find it most difficult when I’m let down by books written by authors I know and love, and most when it’s a sequel in a favorite series.
It takes time, but eventually you'll find a way to pick yourself back up again, discover more books to fall in love with and realize that you’ll probably enjoy more books than you’ll be disappointed by.
How do you deal with disappointment? Is it a big deal, or do you find yourself able to move on easily?