Normally when I finish a book I have little issue with instantly diving into another. However, there are certain books that make me pause, ones that stirred something in me when I read them and left me wanting soooo much more, the ones that ended so perfectly, or were so beautifully written you don’t think anything will top it. Some books leave me with an almost empty feeling inside and starting another helps to fill that hole, but certain books leave me feeling so whole and satisfied that I need to give myself sometime, be it hours or days before I can even consider writing over that feeling with another book. This my lovelies is my description of a book hangover… not to be confused with the alcoholic variety that leave you in dire straits. All the below books affected me in one way or another and I had to give myself sometime before diving into my next read. Do you get book hangovers? What books have left you with that feeling? Or are you simply able to pick up books one after the other? Let me know in the comments.
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The Winter of the Witch
Oh boy did this book leave me with such an emotional hangover! This was already one of my all time favourite series, but I was almost dreading the ending believing it wouldn’t do the other books justice. I couldn’t have been more wrong, it was a beautiful finale that had me flying through the pages.
King of Scars
I mean, people didn’t have a book hangover with that ending! I loved Nikolai in the Grishaverse so had high hopes for this one and I was blown away by how Leigh didn’t shy away from the trauma he went through and his comeback from that. Now the torturous wait for book two.
Once Upon a River
I think you all know I loved this one, a beautifully written story that had be gripped to the pages. It’s heartbreaking and heartwarming and had me sat there, book in hand, just staring off into the distance and trying to process the ending.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January
This book! This book gave me one hell of a hangover. I was completely swept away on January’s journey, so much so that I felt a massive emotional release when it ended. It took me a good while to pick something new up.
Gods of Jade and Shadow
I need this not to be a stand-alone! I mean, I know it is but it just can’t be. It’s a fantastic coming of age story filled with folklore and gods and demons and after I devoured the pages I just wanted to read it all over again.
Sisters of Shadow and Light
I had sooo many expectations going into this one and it exceeded every single one. A beautiful tale about sisterly love, with an ending that had me screaming at the pages. I had to sit there for a good while after to process what I had read.
I loved this book so much! The bleakness is the landscape could lead to a pretty boring storyline but the characters and plot gripped me so much that I just didn’t want to put it down. The cliffhanger ending had me questioning so many things, and I just had to give myself some time before starting something new.
The Deathless Girls
This book was not at all what I expected it to be and for that reason it was so much better. It showed how familial love trumps everything, even life and I was just so sad when I finished it. Another book I just sat with not believing it had ended how it did.
We Hunt the Flame
I read this in one sitting, I had heard that it was a bit slow but I LOVE the journey the characters went one and after that ending I had to put my head in a pillow and scream… sooo many things left open I need book two now!
The Gilded Wolves
Another book I read in one sitting, and thanks to a lovely FB traded I now have an ARC of silvered serpents. This was everything I love in a book, mythology, mystery, a fab literary squad and a huge cinnamon roll. The ending left me wanting the next book so much that I instantly emailed the publisher 😂