I hope everyone’s February is going well! I accidentally skipped last week’s TTT but had a lot of fun reading everyone else’s posts. The prompt this week definitely made me think but it was a fun challenge. I twisted the term “book hangover” to include standalones and incomplete series, not just series that I’ve grown attached to that have ended.
Why Did I Do This to Myself?
My Last 10 Book Hangovers
- Saga: It took me a long time to start this series after a friend recommended it to me (seriously, a few years) but once I started it I devoured it. I couldn’t get enough, and only after finishing the last volume did I Google the expected release date of volume 10.
Funfact: it’s on a very long hiatus.
- The Diary of a Young Girl: This was a buddy read with a good friend of mine and I’m glad we were able to talk about it with each other. This book obviously ends with the Frank family being taken to a concentration camp and we are left with so little closure, with both the diary itself and with knowing exactly what happened to Anne Frank. “Book hangover” might not be the best way to describe this, but I definitely felt a bit emptied out after finishing this book.
- The Hating Game: I feel like this book pops up in every TTT post of mine but seriously, this book made me so emotional. I read the author’s second book but it didn’t even come close to The Hating Game. I was talking with another friend who has read this and we both agree that this book ruined all other romance books for us. It’s just too good.
- Wicked Saints: When I finished this book I immediately wanted to pick up the next one in the series but ran into the small problem of it not being published yet. Book two is currently sitting on my NetGalley shelf but when I first finished Wicked Saints I had to try to (unsuccessfully) fill the void with other fantasy books. This book swept me away and it was hard to get into other books after finishing this one.
- Killing November: Another case where I finished the first book but couldn’t exactly read the still-unwritten book two. I loved the mysterious and high-stakes nature of this book; it definitely has helped yet the bar for my YA mystery/thriller expectations.
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy: Laini Taylor’s books just kill me. I love her writing style, her worldbuilding, the slow-burn plots, her characters, everything. The period between when I finished this trilogy and when Strange the Dreamer came out was tough.
- Starry Eyes: Another TTT frequent flier, this is the book that first got me into Jenn Bennett’s writing. I remember thinking that I hadn’t read a YA book like hers before and a lot of YA romances fell short of the expectations this book had helped create.
- The Traitor’s Circle Trilogy: I fell hard for this trilogy, there’s no other way to put it. Once it ended I wanted to rewind and read it for the first time all over again. Even now while I’m writing this I’m itching to pick up the first book.
- Sadie: This book hooked me and took me for a mysterious and depressing ride, but I still loved it. When I was finished I found myself wanting to go through it all over again: to read it, watch it, listen to it. Does that ever happen to you? Where you want to see a book play out and actually see it, if that makes sense?
- Everything You Want Me to Be: I’m struggling to find the words for this one. The story sucked me in and I finished this book so unbelievably quickly. I couldn’t pull myself away. When it was done I was so sad, but I thankfully had a group of people to talk about it with. I still recommend this book to almost everyone who asks for a book recommendation.
There you have it, that’s a bit of insight into the books that have emotionally wrecked me! Have you read any of these books? Did you have the same experience?
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.