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Old 01-27-2014, 06:18 AM   #1
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Do you have a ritual for ending a book?

I don't know if it's a ritual but I always try to leave the very last few pages until I am in my bedroom. I don't know why, but it seems that it's the most comfortable place to end a story at. I have 47 pages left of "Before I go to sleep" and really want to end it later tonight at home instead of completing it while commuting.

So what do you tend to do just before you end your book? Or do you just finish it and pick another one?
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:20 AM   #2
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No ritual. Today I finished a book in the park. The beauty of ereading - I went straight on to another one.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:23 AM   #3
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Same here,no ritual. I just finish wherever I happen to be. That's usually at home, but it doesn't have to be. This weekend it was sitting in a starbucks having a cup of coffee.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:15 AM   #4
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I put my Kindle down, go and mark the book read on Goodreads and leave a review.

That's about the only "ritual", or rather "the thing I always do upon finishing a book".

I only read at home and only when I'm awake - in the evenings, but never when I'm already in bed and preparing to go to sleep.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:19 AM   #5
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I sometimes used to do what arturg does when I was reading paperbacks so I wouldn't be stuck on the subway with nothing to read. But now with ereaders that's never a worry, just jump to the next book.

I do always delete finished books from my ereader, and mark them in Calibre with the date finished next time I'm at my PC. After decades of reading, it can start to get fuzzy if I did read a book or not (although to date, I've always remembered correctly, but I want to be prepared for senility ).
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:28 AM   #6
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I hit the home button on my Kindle, then open up the "A'readin' now" collection and remove the book from that collection and add it to the collection for the current year (2014 right now). I then go to the next book I'm interested in reading, and add it to the "A'readin' now" collection and start to read.

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Old 01-27-2014, 09:41 AM   #7
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Interesting topic I've never really given much thought until now.

Whenever I get close to finishing a good book while commuting, I usually squeeze a different read in between (or stop reading altogether) in order to save the final ~20 pages until I'm back at home. Especially when the topic at hand most likely calls for a box of tissues at the end - I just can't have public transport get in my way of a hearty sob...

Other than that I rate and mark the finished book as read on Goodreads as well, decide which book to put on the reading shelf next and go on reading.

I'm currently thinking about making myself pause for a few hours upon finishing a book, though, as there's one thing that really bugs me:
Ever since reading so excessively thanks to my eReader(s), I seem to forget books (certain scenes, details, or even endings) more easily / quickly. When on book number 3 or 4, I need to sometimes concentrate really hard to remember how book no. 1 ended, etc.

A friend of mine attributes it to growing old, but I think it's more of a nonstop-reading issue.
I read more now than I used to as an adult and probably as much as I used to when I was a kid and could remember what I'd read for ages. Back then, however, I would not go right on to the next book but would have to find the time to go to the book store or the library first and consequently be without reading material for at least a few hours.

So I'm guessing (might be wrong) that back then the finished books simply had more time to "sink in" as compared to now that I'm turning the last page and opening the next book right away...

No matter how much I love to read, maybe I'm just one of those people who need to pause every now and then in order to be able to fully appreciate a book.

Which brings us back to the rituals:

The final ritual for a book I really (REALLY) liked and will definitely read again more than once or twice during my lifetime would be to buy the paperback version to keep in my bookcase and maybe lend to friends and family who aren't ereading yet.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:00 AM   #8
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I've never thought about it before now, but if I am reading in the evening and am getting near the end of the book, I do the same as arturg. However, I don't read on my commute, and by far my favourite place to read is in my bed before going to sleep.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:09 AM   #9
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Ha ha, my "ritual" is kind of the opposite of the OP's. I don't like to end a book when I'm in bed. Because what if I'm too tired to start a new book, but not tired enough to go to sleep yet? I can't take the chance. So if I only have a few pages left in a book, I will look for another book while I'm still fully awake, and leave the ending of the first book for the next day.

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Old 01-27-2014, 10:23 AM   #10
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I hit the home button on my Kindle, then open up the "A'readin' now" collection and remove the book from that collection and add it to the collection for the current year (2014 right now). I then go to the next book I'm interested in reading, and add it to the "A'readin' now" collection and start to read.

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I also move my just finished book to "Read in 2014" collection from "Reading now". Only difference is I will take a few days break to digest the just finished book and acquire taste for another. I don't immediately start.

I love reading in bed but if I have a few pages left I will finish it in my room and take tablet to bed to surf. And I read eveywhere too. Commute is much nicer while reading.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:32 AM   #11
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My ritual for ending a book is to open the next book I plan to read and start reading.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:48 AM   #12
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No ritual for me. I just finish the book and move on to the next one.
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:03 PM   #13
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If the book is only OK, there is no ritual for me. If the book is really good and I don't want it to end, I begin to read the last few pages more slowly, taking the time to savour the end, and when it's over I sigh and sit in meditation for a minute or two on the story or how good the book was, and then, as Loretta Castorini might suggest, I snap out of it and continue on with life.
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:08 PM   #14
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I used to do like the OP with paper books. Sometimes if reading in bed I would skip to the end if close. Usually I would finish the book from where I skipped the next day, but for some reason I found it easier to sleep knowing the ending.

Not so with ebooks. I will read until I want to stop reading and just stop. Mid page, mid chapter, doesn't matter.

Another strange thing I do with ebooks and never did IIRC with paper, when I finish a book I almost invariably start a new one. I think it is because I have so many choices where with paper I had only a small stack of maybe twenty to choose from generally. I like to get the decision making process out of the way.

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