Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is: the last 10 books that gave you a hangover. What exactly is a book hangover? Basically, when you’ve finished a book and you find yourself thinking about the book itself and/or the characters for awhile afterwards, that is a book hangover.
Because I went through a very long period of not reading (thank you anxiety and depression – and because I don’t often get book hangovers) several of the books mentioned will be considerably older. But all of these left me thinking about them for a long time.
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas: At first glance it looks like yet another YA mystery about a missing girl. But when you delve deeper you start seeing more pieces. Is this supernatural or just a regular mystery?
YOU by Caroline Kepnes: Yes, the book that the Netflix show is based on. Don’t get me wrong, Joe is disgusting and I absolutely abhor him. Yet he also intrigues me. Reading his thoughts made me desire a shower many times. But I couldn’t get enough. It’s quite disturbing, yet I was hooked.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis: This one stayed with me for many days. Hell, even now I still think about it and I read it last year. What looks like an unassuming book paints a very real picture of rape culture and it’s effects on victims but also on the people close to the victims. Hard to read but yet should be read. Plus the main character is kind of like a female, teenage Dexter.
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult: No list of book hangovers would be complete without Jodi Picoult and her last novel about women’s reproductive rights was emotional and gut wrenching, not to mention pretty damn appropriate considering what has been going on lately.
Sadie by Courtney Summers: Sadie sucker punched me from the first page. I won’t lie. I have a MASSIVE girl crush on Courtney Summers and her books. I mean, massive. From her first book to her last, Courtney’s books have left lasting impressions on me and this one about a girl hell bent on revenge, blew me away.
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough: The ending caught me by surprise, Something that doesn’t usually happen and when I set it down, all I could think was “I need to read this again.” This was one of the best YA whodunit meets psychological thrillers I’d read in a LONG time.
Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten: While I loved this novel, it wasn’t the best I’d read, nor was it the best of it’s type. But it stayed with me for a very long time. I loved and hated Delia. Honestly, she gave me Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks vibes and I think that’s why I was so into this book. Regardless, it definitely gave me a hangover and I re-read it from time to time.
The Martian by Andy Weir: I bet you weren’t expecting to see this one on my list! But it definitely belongs here because I still have massive love for Mark Watney, the astronaut who found himself stranded alone on Mars. His hatred of disco, his brilliant mind and his sensational sarcasm hooked me from the start. I highly recommend this one to everyone.
All The Rage by Courtney Summers: Yes, Courtney Summers again. All The Rage is hard to read and it gutted me from the first page because I relate to this book, inside and out. I understand Romy because I have been her. Another one that I highly recommend but please note that this is not for everyone.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: It’s funny because I almost gave up on this book because I hated (and still hate) Nick. But the twist made me squeal with delight and I devoured the rest of the book. While Amy is not a favorite character, I appreciate her at times, as scary as that sounds.
And there we have it! Thank you for reading about my top ten book hangovers! I hope you enjoyed this list. Please leave a comment and let me know what you thought and please share your book hangovers with me too!