Three Steps to Surviving the Blackhole of Waiting for a Book Release

Somehow this evil exists in life where you have to wait months and months for a book. Or an entire year. Or a decade. Waiting. And waiting. For a very long time. And then when you’ve waited so long it hurts very much, an author might suddenly announce, oh you have to wait even longer.

Sometimes it seems like this waiting will actually kill you. And not just kill you but turn you into a black hole of emotions.

So, I’m almost an expert at surviving these looooonnnnggg waits because

A) I waited for ACOWAR for 6+ months. and B) I’ve been waiting for A Reaper at the Gates for 7 months. and C) I’ve also been waiting for Queen of Air and Darkness for almost an entire year. 

And I haven’t yet turned into a blackhole! But stay tuned because I might still become a blackhole while waiting for Queen of Air and Darkness.

1) Read Something Completely Different

I’ve been waiting for Queen of Air and Darkness since last summer. But QoAaD doesn’t even come out till December?!? By the time I get my hands on this book, I will have waited for 18 months. The wait has been excruciating.

If you’re also waiting for QoAaD, you know that Lord of Shadows has a horrible ending. Devastating and so cliffhanging that you’re left hanging unto the story with just the tips of your fingernails.

I can not think about Lord of Shadows too much. Otherwise, I’m left too emotional.

Pretty much anyone after reading Lord of Shadows. 

When I first finished the story, I was shocked. Even more shocked when I realized HOW LONG I would have to wait to know what in the world is happening in Alicante. And someone tell me precious Julian is going to be alright. And that Ty is still Ty and that Kit is there for Ty. Also, what’s up with the curse in Fairie and the Unseelie Court???

Instead of worrying about the Blackthorns, I decided to pick up something very different. Percy Jackson was my solution.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is lighthearted and super funny. It was a great distraction from the heartbreak and ensuing long wait for Queen of Air and Darkness.

2) Stalk Follow the Author on Social Media

This can be a really great. As the author writes a book, they might post snippets. Even videos and graphics. I love following Sabaa Tahir because she is so active with hints and lead ups to her books.

Me, flailing when my fav author posts a teaser for an upcoming book

But this can also make you flail for the story more. So be careful. Especially when the author is posting snippets that sound mildly dangerous for darling characters. 

Another great place to follow snippets is Tumblr. Cassandra Clare is especially active on Tumblr with snippets for upcoming books. She even does snippets from past books that are just darling.

3) Reread the Series

I suggest this for when the release date for your longed for book is super soon. Otherwise, just more pain. And you’re just reminded how much longer you have to wait.

When a popular book is about to be released, there might and probably will be re-readathons. Follow along on twitter or instagram and join a readathon!

My internal monologue about rereading books. 

There’s even Youtube readathons? So you can watch people be emotional and excited for the book release with you. Yay! 

And sometimes. I don’t wait for readathons. I just keep rereading the series until I have everything memorized. Pain is gain, right?

You might be guessing that this post is inspired by the very soon upcoming release of A Reaper at the Gates. If you’re guessing that, you’re right!

This book is coming out in less than 5 days and I am thrilled! If you haven’t read An Ember in the Ashes, here’s a short list of why you should pick up this series in time for the newest book. 

Diverse Characters. Sabaa Tahir has created complex character from very different backgrounds.

Incredible World building. It’s inspired by Ancient Rome! ‘Nuff said.

Action. Action. Action. This book is complete action. And the characters are growing with the action. So, Character growth + action is perfection.

Modern Issues Told through an Incredible Story. An Ember in the Ashes explores complicated issues of racism, violate and colonialism.

Also, this photo has a bunch of other book merch for releases that I’m waiting on. lets chat

Are you waiting for any of the same books as me? What books are you excited for?

What’s the longest wait you’ve ever done for a book? How much does it bother you when you have to wait much longer than you initially thought for a book? 

Do you reread series while waiting for a new book? Are you following any authors on social media?  



  1. June 6, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    i both adore and need this post as I wait for SO MANNY THINGGSSSS. you know how obsessed I am and I’m crying and I just want to follow these all of these tips c: NUMBER 3!!!!!

  2. emmareadstoomuch
    June 6, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    god this post is so fantastic!! i’m waiting for emily henry’s next books – both of which are slated to come out in 2019. it’s so much suffering, because i’ve been waiting for her to publish something for a year already. god. i’m jealous of 2019-me already. following her on social media has helped tho!! i’ll try your other tips too 😀

  3. June 7, 2018 / 4:32 am

    I’ve always had a terrible habit of buying a book the day it comes out, binge-reading it in one sitting (including an all-nighter if necessary), and then having to wait AGES for the next book to release. I definitely did this with The Infernal Devices. Then I spent the entire time scrabbling to find SIMILAR books to ease to desperate longing in my soul. Reading something different sounds like a better idea. Thanks!

  4. June 9, 2018 / 10:13 am

    Great tips, I am definitely guilty of stalking authors and if I’m reallly excited for a book in a series I almost always reread the entire series before it comes out (my August/September tbr is full of Throne of Glass xD)

  5. June 11, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    I have been saved! This is so perfect since there are so many sequels we already have to wait until 2019 & 2020 for!

  6. Jamie @bubblybooks
    July 1, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    I am also dying to read the next ACOTAR book!!! It is such agony!! A whole year SJM why do u do this to me!! Great tips though I’m trying to read SJM other series to get my mind off of it 🙂

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