I’ve always had a bit of trouble wrapping my head around what a “book hangover” really is. The most common definition I’ve seen is something to the effect of having difficulty moving on to the next book because you are still not over the effects of the previous one. This is something that I rarely experience, just because of my limited time to read during the week. If I finish a book on a week night with enough time to start another one, I’m likely to pick up the next one pretty soon. I tend to think of a book hangover more in terms of books that really stick with me or that I felt needed a bit of time to digest, even if I didn’t necessarily give myself that time. It actually feels like I haven’t had too many books that gave me this feeling lately. I found the majority of December rushed and mediocre since I was scrambling to finish some of my challenges in time and didn’t necessarily pick the best books. I’ve decided to keep it short with this one since the majority of these are books I’ve already mentioned repeatedly in detail in the past, so click on the link for the book for more details of what it is about!
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
1) The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary – I just finished this one three days ago, and I was surprised to find that it contained so much more than just a fluffy romance. It is one that I definitely stopped to think about when I finished it, and easily a highlight of the year so far.
2) The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell – This was my first book by this author, and I was immediately drawn in by her writing style. I flew through 3/4 of this one in a single day, and loved that the story was a bit different from other similar thrillers that I’ve read before.
3) The Winters by Lisa Gabriele – It helps that this was inspired by one of my favourite classics, Rebecca, and I was actually a bit on the fence about it at first because I didn’t love the beginning. Once the story really took off though, I thought it was amazing and almost as haunting as the classic itself.
4) Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – I’m grouping these two together because I read them back-to-back and have trouble separating them into two distinct stories. I was so intimidated by these and kept putting off reading them at all, but they were definitely worth it! They are so beautifully written and have such amazing characters.
5) Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan – Another one that I devoured in just two days because I couldn’t put it down! The mystery itself was fine, but I was especially intrigued by other half of the plot about Lydia’s childhood, which I didn’t expect at all. For a book that I read so late last year, it was one that I got very strongly invested in.
6) Confessions by Kanae Minato – This was easily one of my favourite books that I read in 2019! Just when I thought I could tell where this book was going, there was a twist that took it in a new and interesting direction. I thought the revenge plot in this book was chilling, and was caught completely off-guard by the ending.
7) If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – I thought this book had such an interesting premise with the focus on Shakespeare, and how that tied into all of the major characters’ lives. I think I would have had even more of a book hangover from this one if I hadn’t accidentally spoiled myself by reading a review, but I loved the writing style and thought the mystery was really well-done.
8) The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed – This is easily one of the best YA books I’ve read in the past couple of years, and one that definitely stuck with me. This book had an incredible cast of characters and I loved the way the author tackled such a complex topic. It was a very memorable book and one that I needed to take some time to process after I finished it.
9) Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – I read this book in the first place mostly because of the hype, and ended up absolutely loving it. I loved that this book touched on topics that are still rarely addressed in YA, and the strong character dynamics. This book was much more powerful than I’d expected.
10) The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan – This was another of the best YA books that I’ve read in the past few years, and such an amazing portrayal of grief. I was on the fence about the magical realism elements before I started this one, but it worked so well because of the amazing writing! I’m really looking forward to reading more by this author.
Strange the Dreamer has been on quite a few lists this week! I think that’s great.
My TTT .
I really need to read Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares! I keep putting it off, but I’m not even sure why, because everyone seems to love it, and I’m sure I will, too. Oh, I so agree with The Astonishing Color of After, too! Man, that was such an emotionally powerful and beautiful book.
Here’s my TTT post.
I was completely the same with Strange the Dreamer. I loved the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series, but knew how dense her writing is, so I kept delaying it. I’m definitely glad I read it early in the year though, because otherwise I probably would have kept putting it off.
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