Last Ten Hangover Books
I know this post is a day late but better late than never, amirite? (I totally am – no need to answer that question!)
Hangover books are a double-edged sword: on one hand you’ve clearly fallen completely head over heels for a book, so much so that it has consumed your entire world, but on the other hand once you have finished said book – how on earth could anything ever begin to compete?
It can be both a good thing and a bad thing; finding that one type of book that spoils you for anything else for a while. We have all had these moments in our reading life (I still look back in abject horror at the slump that Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb put me in so many years ago – I honestly don’t think I’ve had a book ruin me quite as much!)
Getting over a beloved book (or sometimes just even an intense story that refuses to let you go) can be a nightmare; especially as a blogger when you know you have umpteen review copies to read. When you are a mood reader (like me) it can be even more daunting.
Here are some recent books that I found impossible to let go of and put me in a complete hangover for days, weeks, even months! (Hint: it happens a lot!)
1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I sat on this book for a couple of years, not gonna lie, but I think I just had a feeling that it would destroy me (in the best possible way!) I was completely and utterly consumed by this book. I must have re-read it about half a dozen times in a row because I couldn’t bear to move on to anything else. The obsession is real, folks!
2. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
You can imagine my utter delight when I found out Carry On was getting a sequel! I was totally hyped up for Wayward Son and although it didn’t quite live up to the first book, it was still a darn thrilling ride (and, hey, there is going to be a third book – whoop!) Only problem was that it made it so bloody hard to move on from this one (especially because it wasn’t certain a first that another book was forthcoming – but I had a feeling, so…) 😉
3. Tempt by Natalia Jaster
This book is an interesting one because simultaneously got me out of a book hangover (from reading Wayward Son, incidentally) and put me into a fresh one! Yeesh, I was having no luck circa October 2019 huh? Honestly, this book was just so good I had trouble picking up anything else and was just thirsting for the next (and final! *sob*) book Transcend. Who knows how I will feel when I finally get my hands on the next one – I fully expect a hangover to end all hangovers!
4. Dream by Natalia Jaster
Speaking of series-enders, Dream (also by Natalia Jaster) was a doozy! I really had no stomach to even attempt another book for a while after reading this one. I came late to the party for this series (books one and two had been out for a bit before I discovered it) but it became one of my biggest obsessions in recent years. Not an easy book (or series) to move on from. Again, there have been rumblings of a follow-up series which I am living for!
5. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
The Folk of the Air series is my other weakness. This series has been everything – I honestly didn’t expect to fall so hard and fast but there we go… I am gutted (beyond gutted!) that it’s over and finishing The Queen of Nothing was a bittersweet experience because I knew there was no more books forthcoming. This was definitely the book that put me in the biggest slump last year.
6. Heartsong by T.J. Klune
I enjoyed both Wolfsong and Ravensong but I didn’t fully adore this series until I read Heartsong (and a re-read of the first two books made me totally fall in love with them too). Seriously, this series is a juggernaut – so emotional and beautiful… gah! – it’s just so perfect! I found it hard trying to read anything after I finished reading (and re-reading, and re-reading haha!)
7. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Before this book I would have claimed not to be a big fan of the romance genre, especially of the contemporary variety. The Hating Game awakened the beast though and there’s no putting it back now! To say that this book was a game-changer for me is putting it mildly. However, even though it did get me trying (and loving FYI) other contemporary romances, it wasn’t a book I could let go of initially. It was just so sweetly perfect and just what I was needing at the time but it did make it hard to get into anything else for a couple of weeks after (lots of stops and starts with other books!)
8. Criminal Past by Gregory Ashe
I tore through this six book series in early summer last year and it was a life-changing experience! I found it so hard to let go of Hazard and Somerset though – even some of my all-time favourite authors couldn’t shake me out of the funk I found myself in after finishing Criminal Past. I did get there eventually but it was a struggle for sure… 😉
9. Declination by Gregory Ashe
A series that kinda spins off from Hazard and Somerset (slightly anyway), I was initially unsure if North and Shaw would be able to capture my heart in the same way as those pesky detectives but my worry was for naught. However, this also became a problem because I found it difficult to pick up with the new Hazard and Somerset book that came out not long after I finished Declination. Sigh. I still haven’t gotten to the new series yet (but I will… it’s coming!)
10. The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic
Alrighty, this book (and series) probably gave me the biggest book hangover ever (well, after Fool’s Fate which I mentioned above!) I found it impossible to let go of those Foxes. It was nigh on impossible. I honestly have lost count of how many times I have returned to this series since I read about a year and a half ago. Book hangover to the extreme.
Well folks, hope you enjoyed this little memory trip down my personal hell haha! (Seriously, is there anything worse/better than a book hangover?) Here – have an Untamed gif (my most-recent obsession that I can’t move on from!)