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Top 10 Tuesday 18th February

on February 18, 2020

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday is now hosted by Jana @That Artsy Reader Girl. It features a different bookish theme each week and this week……

Top 10 Books That Gave You A Book Hangover

The prompt is actually the last 10 but I can’t remember if these are my most recent 10 or not….they’re just the ones that affected me the most! I read a lot so it’s not often that I get a book hangover that means I can’t pick up another book….it generally just means for me, that my thoughts are still with the other book and when I’m not reading or doing anything else, I’m constantly still thinking about the characters and the world.

1. After by Morris Gleitzman. 

After is the 4th book in a middle grade series about a child’s experience during WWII and trying to avoid German soldiers and probably being shipped to a concentration camp. Each of the books have elements of trauma (witnessed through innocent eyes, by a child who tries to ration away what he sees in order to preserve his mental health). In this book however, there’s such a devastating moment and it’s both devastating in terms of good and bad. I actually sobbed reading this and was thinking about a certain scene for week afterwards.

2. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

Because it’s a perfect romance and gave me loads of feels and I wished I could read it for the first time again, or that I had so many more like it to read. It left me warm and fuzzy.

3. No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani. 

I’ve talked about this book a lot recently, it seems to be making a lot of my lists. It’s one thing to have, in your mind, an idea of how hard it must be, how terrible life must be, to be incarcerated on a remote island in what is basically a jail, for daring to seek asylum. It’s another to read it and be confronted with the realities of that incarceration, the shocking conditions for years and years on end. Reading this, I am not surprised anymore how people try to commit suicide there. It’s a form of torture. This didn’t give me a hangover for how amazing the world is (it’s the real world), but for the devastating impact it had on me as a person.

4. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

Beautiful book, beautifully written and that ending. I am still thinking about it sometimes!

5. Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito 

This is just a very confronting book with a very compelling story.

6. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

I have so much love for this book. In fact after I read it, I think I read almost nothing else for weeks, I just kept returning to this and re-reading my favourite parts (which is basically half the book). It’s also a perfect romance for me, there’s so many of the tropes I enjoy all wrapped up in this one package. I still go back and occasionally read a scene here and there when I can’t decide what to read and don’t want to start something new, but just want to curl up with something I find comforting.

7. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Funnily enough, the hangover with this one didn’t come the first time I read it almost four years ago. I enjoyed it but when I re-read it before the release of the sequel, Wayward Son last year, I suddenly became obsessed with it. I’ve re-read bits of it quite often and it’s been a go-to recently.

8. Where She Went by Gayle Forman. 

This book absolutely wrecked me. The scene with the guitar!

9. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

To be honest, I could include any and all books by Melina Marchetta on this list because I don’t think I’ve ever not finished one and had it utterly rock my world. It doesn’t matter what type of book it is, YA, adult, crime, sci fi/fantasy, contemporary, who cares. It’s the absolute height of joy and despair reading her books, she writes such emotional stories and each and every one of them has stuck with me for years.

10. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. 

The ultimate book hangover book, for lots of reasons.


These are the books that I feel have really had a marked effect on me as a reader and there are so many things that I remember about them and how I felt after reading them, even how I feel just thinking back to them. Some are infinitely more “fun” and “feel good” than others and for me, sometimes the hangover is because it made you feel amazing and other times it’s because I connected with the trauma of a story, the pain. These are definitely not the only books I’ve read that would qualify – I read 200 books a year. But these are the ones that came to mind when I thought of this prompt.







22 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 18th February

  1. OMG, On the Jellicoe Road did the same thing to me. And it’s actually the reason I haven’t read any other by Melina Marchetta because I don’t think my emotion’s ready. Hehe.

    • Jellicoe is a book that rips your heart out! And to be honest, most of Melina Marchetta’s books do that in some way or another, haha. The highs are very high and the lows are incredibly low in that you feel like you’re living this pain with the characters. So worth the emotional rollercoaster though! I recommend (for a bit less trauma) maybe trying Saving Francesca, The Piper’s Son and The House on Dalhousie, which are about the same group of friends over a 10 year period.

      • True, the emotions it brought me was totally worth it. It’s one of my favorite books and that says a lot because I’m not a fan of YA contemporary.
        Thanks for the recommendations. I think I’ll read The House on Dalhousi. 😊

  2. Oh I remember having a book hangover after Where She Went. And I still need to read Me Before You. Yikes. I feel like the only person who hasn’t read it yet. 😉 Great post!

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  3. Puji P. Rahayu says:

    Well, Where She Went is my favorite, tho. No wonder you can get the book hangover by it–because I almost put it on my list as well 🙂

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  4. I might give this one a crack!

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  6. lydiaschoch says:

    Wow, After sounds good.

    My TTT .

  7. literacious says:

    Red, White & Royal Blue was on my list too! Such a fun read!

  8. I don’t think I’ve ever had a book hangover so bad that I couldn’t just pick up another book, but I agree with you – sometimes it just means that you’re still thinking about a book after you’ve finished it. ME BEFORE YOU certainly qualifies! I haven’t read your other picks, but I might have to check out the Gleitzman series. NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS sounds compelling. I’m just not sure I can handle what sounds like a very depressing story.

    Happy TTT!


    • Usually if I can’t pick up another book, it’s because I’ve struggled with a book so much I’ve had to DNF it and it’s turned me off reading for a while! Books I love or ones that impact on me in such a way stay in my thoughts but don’t stop me picking up my next read.

      No Friend But The Mountains is very distressing in parts but man it’s also a testament to human strength and condition, that these people keep sticking it out in the hope that they’ll be able to go somewhere better one day.

  9. I really need to read ‘The Hating Game’ soon. I look forward to finding out if it gives me a book hangover too. 🙂

  10. I love that you have Where She Went on here. Everyone always talks about If I Stay, but Where She Went impacted me way more.

    • I know! If I Stay has such a gut wrenching moment too, that changes her life forever but Where She Went is for me, where the road to happiness has to be chosen again and it’s a hard one, with lots of pain and suffering first. All this talking about it this week is making me want to read it again!

  11. Wow. I don’t read much middle grade, but After sounds like such a powerful book. Great list!

    • I don’t either, I only read them because my son (who was 10 at the time) was reading them and he wanted to talk about them. They were learning about WWII at the time and he wanted to talk a lot about how it happened and why these things were allowed to happen etc. I was surprised just how powerful some of them were, especially the one here.

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