Top Ten Tuesday: Last Five Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover.” It’s not super common for me to get book hangovers which is why this list is so short. What’s interesting is when I looked back at the last books that left me in a state of unrest, some of them weren’t even five-star reads for me. Still, they had a huge emotional impact and that’s largely how I define book hangovers. These are the books that left me reeling, left me thinking about them days after I’d finished them, and often they are the ones that I will spend a good amount of time screaming about to all of you. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone – What can I possibly say about this one? It’s one of the most beautifully written novels I’ve ever read. The love letters between the two lead characters just left me in a state of wonder. I was heartbroken when I had to return my library copy.

2. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – Has a book ever made you feel like you just got done running a marathon? This is the best way I can describe how I felt after finishing The Poppy War. I wasn’t emotional per se, but I was stunned and had no idea how I was going to move on after that epic ending.

3. Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri – Tasha Suri can murder me with her words and I would thank her. This one definitely felt different than the first book but the protagonist’s journey going from shunning her heritage to fully embracing it was so beautifully done. It made me really emotional and I am still thinking about it months later.

4. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri – This was a reread and yet it still managed to gut punch me. I will never get over how perfect this book is and can already see myself rereading it again this year. Mehr and Amun are among my very favorite book characters and I need everyone to read this story and suffer with me.

5. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi – I wanted to leave this one off my list because I know it will be months before people without ARCs are able to read it, but here it is. Oh my gosh, friends, I’m in agony being unable to talk about this one, but it HURT and I don’t know what to do with myself. The next book won’t come out for who knows when. AAAAHHHH!!!!

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

50 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Last Five Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

  1. I like what you say about some hangover reads not being 5-stars; that’s interesting. And I wish I’d had that mindset when thinking about my post because man, I was trying to think of the “best” books to feature, and I feel like while I’ve read some really good reads, none have lingered with me for days.

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  2. I can relate with books giving me hangover but I didn’t even give them 5 stars. I think hangovers are not necessarily good hangovers. Hehe. In fact, I think most of my book hangovers are from books I didn’t like or have triggering elements. 🙂

    Also, wow, I haven’t read any of the books in your list though I’m familiar with them.

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  3. I like your definition of a book hangover. Once that leave you thinking about them for a while. I guess in that jest The Library of the Unwritten and The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. have been recent ones for me.

    You’ve got me really excited for How You Lose the Time War. I have it in my online basket as ebook.

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  4. I haven’t read any of the books on your list but I just wanted to comment here and laugh about the concept of a book hangover. Although it sounds funny, I never knew what to call the feeling of a book leaving you so emotionally fraught. This is a little embarrassing to admit, but when I finished reading the Twilight series as a young middle schooler I was so sad about it I didn’t know how to cope. LOL! It’s silly because rereading those books now as an adult I realize those characters didn’t deserve my tears. Haha. Now I can call that my first book hangover. Since then I haven’t had that many but I do feel a little sad when I finish a book series because I won’t be able to visit the characters and their world again.

    I dig the term book hangover and will definitely be using it in the future.

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  5. I’m excited to hear that you enjoyed the Silvered Serpents so much! I have been on the fence about it, but if you had a book hangover from it, I should definitely give it a try. Great list! 🙂


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