The Five Stages of Reading a Lauren Groff Novel

So, you bought your first Lauren Groff novel…

Be prepared for one of the most gratifying reading experiences of your life (Even POTUS agrees). Below is a handy guide to all the feelings that usually take place when you enter the unparalleled world of beauty that is Lauren Groff’s literary universe.

1.) IMMENSE FEELINGS OF BEAUTY AND PEACE 

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Groff’s beautiful and mesmerizing use of verbiage will alight you and set your mind free from anxiety. It’s hard not getting misty-eyed reading about Bit’s childhood on the commune, or feeling the love between Lotto and Mathilde.

2.) ENTRANCEMENT

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You cannot, for the life of you, put it down. Symptoms of this stage include forgetting to sip tea/coffee/water, anxiety about what happens to the characters (will Bit be ok? Why is Mathilde so reticent?!), and a sore lower back from sitting too long.

3.) TOTAL IMMERSION

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You’ll be so transfixed you’ll actually feel like you’re friends with the characters and that you live in their world.

4.) UNADULTERATED HAPPINESS 

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You’re really enjoying this book now, it might be close to 4am and you might have a 10-hour shift tomorrow, but you’re so into it, you don’t care what happens next.

5.) DESPAIR, MOURNING 

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You just finished the last chapter. You keep re-reading the final line. You can’t believe it’s over. You’re going to miss Bit, you’re going to miss Lotto and Mathilde, but don’t worry, you’ll get through this! There’s always Delicate Edible Birds to salve the pain!


 

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