Holy MOLY it’s been such a long time since I last sat down and scribble out a Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve not been feeling a few of the prompts but today we’re talking about book hangovers and THAT, I can do.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s prompt is:
The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover
Book hangovers are possibly in the top ten things that are the worst in the world. Nothing is more infuriating than finishing a good book and being completely unable to enjoy or want to read anything else because it was just too damn good. So today let’s take a look at the last ten books I read that gave me a book hangover.
1. The Fry Chronicles
by Stephen Fry
I always have such a fantastic time listening to anything read by Stephen Fry, particularly his own memoirs. I don’t know what it is but he truly is captivating. His memoirs are a delight to read and I’m glad he’s written 3! I always come out of these feeling as though nothing will ever be as perfect as it was.
2. The Ventriloquists
by E.R. Ramzipoor
This is a beautiful WWII story that I become wholly invested in. It was almost a shock to resurface at the end of the story. One thing I love about a well-written piece of historical fiction is how well you get to know the characters. It almost feels like a break-up finishing one and so daunting to think you’ll have to start from scratch acquainting yourself with new characters in another book.
by Madeline Miller
THIS BOOK. Oh boy. People rave about this book and say how gloriously amazing it is and I didn’t honestly think I’d be that blown away. I do love my Greek Mythology. But I listened to the audiobook of this and was immediately transported into another world. Miller has a masterful way of spinning a tale. I wish I could read this again for the first time.
4. Jane Steele
by Lyndsay Fay
This book gave me the mother of all book hangovers. I’m a big fan of Jane Eyre for reasons even I don’t fully understand, so I dove into this story with great enthusiasm. When I finished the entrancing tale I found myself constantly thinking about it and obsessing over how much I enjoyed it. If you haven’t read this yet I would highly recommend putting your life on hold to do so.
5. The Fiery Cross
by Diana Gabaldon
Each one of the Outlander books feels life-altering: I am a new woman at the conclusion of every one. The Fiery Cross was the last book in the series that I read and, expectedly, I burst out of my trance (‘burst’ being a very accurate word thanks to certain revelations at the end of this) gasping and staring wide-eyed at the world. The audiobooks for this series really do transport me and it’s so hard to start something new afterwards.
6. What If It’s Us
by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
I should have known with such a powerhouse duo writing this story that I stood no chance of coming out the other end unscathed. The book is brilliant and I’m quite passionate on the point that it doesn’t receive nearly enough praise. Thankfully, I had the forethought to line up an acclaimed contemporary straight after this (Autoboyography) to help me transition back into the world. Otherwise, I would still be staring dumbfounded at this book unsure of what to do next – SEQUEL, PLEASE!
7. A Curse So Dark and Lonely
by Brigid Kemmerer
One of the greatest loves of my literary life: A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I am quite sure that nothing will ever be as enjoyable as this was, quite. I freaking loved this book: I tore through it! I loved it so much that just the other week when I got my copy of book two, I read the first chapter teasingly and then put it aside to save it for a rainy day. You will not see me ceasing to spout the praises of this masterful, magical fantasy.
by Neal Shusterman
My love for Shusterman’s works knows no bounds. I have enjoyed every single one of his books without exception, but the Arc of a Scythe trilogy got me good. Thunderhead ends on the cruellest of all cliff hangers and I was ever so delighted to see that the third and final book is positively massive, which means lots of drama must be ensconced within its pages. This is what I compare all YA dystopian books to now.
by Stephen Fry
This is the sequel/follow up (it really doesn’t matter which way round you read them) to Mythos. Again, these are narrated by Stephen Fry and as I’ve said before, I simply fall in love with everything he writes and reads (I listened to the audiobook for this one).
10. And I Darken
by Kiersten White
This was such a wicked book I found it hard to leave the world. I didn’t 100% love, love, love the audiobook but yet I still found myself totally hooked on the story. I’m excited to continue reading this in its physical format! And inevitably give myself another giant book hangover.
That’s a wrap!
Who’s your favourite love to hate villain?