So … you’ve just finished reading a book. For the sake of the discussion, we’ll say it was everything a book should be—engaging, entertaining, interesting, thought-provoking. The kind you want to gush over. The question is—do you immediately move on to your next book? Or do you take time to contemplate this writerly masterpiece and all its associated thoughts/emotions/ideas for a while first?
I kind of do both. If it's a book that's really moved me, I know I have to immediately start reading something else or I'll fall into one of those "book blues" where nothing seems very interesting because of that fabulous book I just finished reading. I let the last book marinate a bit in my head while I move on to other stories. Then I write the review, where I can gush all I want. It's a system that requires conscious effort, especially after finishing long series or tough books that leave you almost scarred, but it really works for me.