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I read… A lot. Which means getting a book hangover is a little bit rare. Usually finishing a book means I’m ready to jump right into another one (especially if it’s part of a series that already has a few books out). That being said, there are still those books where you have to sit down, take a breath, and just live with an ending.
Here we go!
- Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire: The entire Wayward Children series has been like that. The worlds are so complete and the pains felt by the characters so real, whether small or large, that at the end of every book is this eerie feeling of silence. I finished this book in a matter of hours and much like drinking over a matter of hours, I felt the need to drink a large glass of water, sit in silence, and craved a nap.
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reed: Even having an idea of the ending of this book before it happened didn’t change the way the emotion hit. This book has a beautiful build-up and the way that it makes you love Evelyn while understanding that she could be cruel and capricious makes the ending a blunt force hit.
- The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst: The ending of this book was so unexpected (to me at least). I could picture the final scene (before the Epilogue) so perfectly that the book hangover actually started before the book was actually over. I had that picture stuck in my head for a surprisingly length of time.
- The Martian by Andy Weir: This one might be cheating considering I read it every year and know to expect that hangover. This book might not be perfect, but every time I read it I feel this inner sense of peace.
- Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire: Yeah, she’s showing up on this list twice. This is a book of short stories, but the number of different stories that I had to take a break after… it had to be included. Sometimes they were eerie, sometimes sad, plus a wild combination of other emotions.
- City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett: This often happens at the end of a series with a satisfying end. There’s something about living in a world for multiple books that makes the ending bittersweet. I love seeing characters fulfill what they need to fulfill but it can be really hard to leave a universe.
- The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez: THIS BOOK LEFT ME WITH A RAGE HANGOVER! This book made me so RATIONALLY angry that I have spent so much time yelling about it to my friends. This left more than a bad taste in my mouth and I am endlessly frustrated that it keeps making it onto lists of the “best romances of 2019,” this book was shit and the hangover never ends because people seem to love it.
- Recursion by Blake Crouch: I was lucky enough to pick this up at bookcon and boy does this book get fucking bleak. It’s still well worth reading, but be prepared.
- Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant: Yeah, okay this is still technically Seanan McGuire but this book was fucking creepy in the best of ways. The short description is killer mermaids. But there’s so much more in this book. I’m not someone who believes in the paranormal but there is something about a book written about something that is just smart enough to have not been found that felt all too real.
- True Colors by Kristin Hannah: Man this book ended up being beautiful. This book takes place over decades and details small family slights that become decades-long feuds, a wrongful incarceration, and some absolutely wonderful first forays into forgiveness. This book had the feeling of catharsis that you really want in a book.
I would like to say, I really did go through the list of books I had read in order and we made it to….. March of 2019. Guess I’ve had more book hangovers than I thought.
Happy Reading and Happy Drinking All!
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