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.