Today marks the release of Lady Midnight, the first book in a new Shadowhunters series, and while I'm thrilled to be returning to that world, I'm also eager to see how The Dark Artifices ties into my beloved The Infernal Devices. It's been almost three years since the latter came to an end, which kind of blows my mind. Has it really been that long? We did a little TID-themed week back when Clockwork Princess released, including a TID-inspired background, which I dug out for today and will probably leave up for the next few days. What can I say? I'm feeling a little nostalgic this week.
I'm still not over TID. For me it's one of those series that's always lingering at the back of my mind because of its epic-ness. You know those series: the ones that keep you up into the wee, wee hours of the morning reading, and you don't even mind the sleep deprivation. The ones that you think about when you're not reading them. The ones that you wish you were reading instead of being at work, school, etc. The ones that make you laugh your ass off one minute and ugly cry your eyes out the next and you love every minute of it. The ones that inspire you to write posts like this one.
As excited as I am to read highly anticipated series finales, I also always feel a sense of dread because this is it. The end. I get torn between wanting to devour the concluding book in a favorite series because I NEED to know how it all ends but at the same time, I'm not ready to say goodbye. And then there's usually a vicious book hangover once you're done reading, made even worse when you remember that there aren't any more books to wait for in that series.
In addition to The Infernal Devices, I still very, very, very much miss these series that are complete:
Without a doubt, this is the series that I was the saddest to see come to an end, at the time:
When I reached the last word of Deathly Hallows, I was nowhere near ready to let go. So I did the only thing I could: start DH over from the beginning! This is still the only book I've ever read twice in a row, but I needed a second read to even begin processing everything that happened. We'll see if Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will also require an immediate reread when it releases later this year.
And lest I forget, I know, with 1000% certainty, that I'm going to need intense therapy once I read the conclusion to this series:
Which completed series do you still find yourself missing? Do you read series finales extra slowly to savor them? How do you cope with series hangovers?