• James Hewlett

Emotional Reaction From Reading


When was the last time you had an emotional reaction to a book? I’m not talking about laughing at something funny or feeling satisfied when the character you like did something cool. I’m talking about a real deep and lasting reaction?

Something like ‘the red wedding’ if you didn’t know it was coming.

I bet they don’t come around often.

I read a fair bit and they don’t for me.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it doesn’t preclude me from enjoying whatever it is I’m reading. Hell, I enjoy most media I consume; tv, films, books, games... I tend to enjoy stuff or else I’ll have given up on it and not feel like I’m in a position to give it a full opinion.

Back to the point at hand! Last week I finished Tiamat’s Wrath, the eighth and penultimate book in The Expanse by James S.A. Corey.

I have enjoyed, no, I have loved this series all the way through and it has hit me with highs and lows consistently in each of the books.

This time around I had a day when I was enjoying everything that was going on in the story, I was happily listening to it on audible while in my van and then something happened. I had to pause and go back to listen to the section again just to comprehend what had just occurred, not because it was confusing or in retrospect even particularly surprising but I had just built up in my mind that something was going to happen in one way and it went the other. It was a bummer, the following chapter also, but I kept going. The chapter after that though had a big surprise that made me turn off the book and just listen to music for the rest of the day. I was on edge. We’re getting very close to the end of this long story and I don’t think I’m ready for it.

I picked back up the next day and a few days later I was nearing the end. I had come to term with what had happened, as had the characters in the story but again, as if on cue, another massive shock. This time though instead of pausing out of feeling distraught I literally yelped out loud and cheered to myself and the cars next to me at the traffic lights.

Reading that book was an emotional rollercoaster and I absolutely loved every moment. I adore a story you can get so invested in, that you feel so strongly about and have faith in the authors to deliver a satisfying, though not always happy or what you wanted, tale.

Go read a book!

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