Top Ten Tuesday: Recent & Memorable Book Hangovers

Posted February 18, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian, Top Ten Tuesday / 27 Comments

Happy Tuesday! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is the last few books that gave you a book hangover. I’m tweaking it just slightly to feature recent and memorable book hangovers I’ve experienced.

What IS a book hangover? Well, according to Epic Reads, a book hangover is the inability to start a new book because you’re still living in the last book’s world.

This of course also leads to definition #2 – the inability to function at work or school because you were up all night either unable to put down the book until you’d finished it OR unable to quit thinking about it once you did finish reading it. Or both.

EpicReads also indicates that you may also experience any or all of the following symptoms:

  • A hollow, empty feeling in the chest
  • Crying in minimal or excessive quantities
  • Irrational anger at people who don’t understand your pain
  • Repeatedly calling out the names of characters from the book in question

And I would also add:

  • Staring mindlessly off into the distance, as you relive the book, emotion by emotion
  • Hugging the book at random intervals
  • Needing to wake your significant other or best friend or SOMEONE to discuss what just happened
  • Feeling like you’re not sure what to do with the rest of your life (fortunately this effect is usually only temporary at best)

Here are some of my most recent & most memorable book hangovers:

(covers linked either to Amazon page or my review)







What about you? What are some recent or memorable book hangovers that you’ve experienced?


27 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Recent & Memorable Book Hangovers

  1. Debra E Marvin

    I often name The Colonel’s Lady as my favorite Laura Frantz story (Though I’m woefully behind right now…). It certainly grabbed me and stayed with me!

  2. Rebecca Maney

    “The Bright Unknown” by Elizabeth Byler Younts was definitely memorable AND gave me a book hangover. Hanging out with the mentally unstable is not a place I particularly want to remain, but feeling their pain, even through the pages of a book, left me unsettled for days. Thankfully that’s not where the story ended. Wonderful book! Great post.

  3. “The Lady and the Lionheart,” “Sons of Blackbird Mountain,” and I’ll agree with “The Bright Unknown,” too. I’m also still marveling at how Terri Blockstock’s covers fit together above. How cool is that?!?

  4. Melissa Romine

    Katie Ganshert’s Life After was one for me!!
    I could put check marks on many of those books above!! I had to keep reminding myself that the stories were fiction, but several gave me so much to think about!!

  5. I love that you gave some of your most recent and some of your most memorable. I wish I would have done that. I had a hard time coming up with my most recent, but memorable I can list off right now: Bright Side, Me Before You… I could go on, but I won’t!

  6. Winnie Thomas

    Definitely Whose Waves These Are and The Lady and the LionHeart. I’ll add The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke and All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner.

  7. Megan

    first one that pops into my head is…
    The Butterfly & The Violin by Kristy Cambron.
    8+ years later, I CAN STILL HEAR Adele….

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