Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

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Person reading a book.I’d never heard of a book hangover until Jana mentioned them in this week’s prompt.

Most of the strong attachments I formed to books happened when I was a child or teenager. It was fairly rare for them between that point in time and my current age until pretty recently for reasons I haven’t figured out yet.

So this list is a short one, but a few years ago it wouldn’t have existed at all. The links in this post will go to my reviews of these books.

1) The Deep by Rivers Solomon

The imagery in this book was so strong that reading it made me feel as if a movie were playing out in my mind. I sure hope this gets made into a film or TV show someday. We’re overdue for an aquatic show, especially one that tackles as many important themes as this one does.

2) Patient Zero by Terry Tyler

There’s something about reading about pandemics that comforts me every flu season. I still need to read the rest of this series, but, wow, was this a good introduction to this universe! Jumping around among so many different characters really drew me into this world.

3) The Testaments by Margaret Atwood 

I’ve been a huge fan of The Handmaid’s Tale for many years now. It was immensely satisfying to finally get a sequel to it. I can’t wait to see how the updates on so many characters from the first book are integrated into the TV show based on this series, too.

90 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

  1. It took me a little while to remember the last few reads that gave me a hangover and it made me realise that I actually don’t get them that often (thank goodness too)! Haha I’m really keen to read The Testaments and also trying Solomons’ books. I’ve heard lots of good things! Great list, Lydia 🙂

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  2. I found this prompt difficult until I separated the two definitions which I found was much more easy to pick examples then!
    I really need to get round to reading the testaments!!

  3. I liked The Testaments too – it was very different in tone to the Handmaid’s Tale but as you say, very satisfying! Great list! 😊

  4. There is definitely something about the way books stick with you and speak to you when you’re an adolescent. I can somehow remember some books in detail that I read 30 years ago.

  5. I like what you said about The deep — I love it when an author’s mastery of imagery makes me feel like I’m watching (or should be watching) a movie!

  6. You are possibly the first person to use “comforting” and “pandemic” in the same sentence, but I’m not one to talk — I invariably watch “Twister” during peak tornado season.

  7. I think you’ve convinced me to read The Deep. I’m a little nervous bc it isn’t my usual style, but an aquatic world with excellent imagery will be an interesting shot in the reading arm.
    I stopped the Hulu adaptation at Season 2 ep. 1 bc Offred was “free” and I didn’t want to return to that oppressive world. If they pick up Aunt Lydia’s story in future seasons, I may pick it back up.

    • I hope you enjoy The Deep!

      And, yeah, I hear you about the oppressive feeling of The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m still trying to decide if I’ll watch this next season.

  8. I really need to get around to reading The Testaments. I have a copy on my TBR pile and I’ve been watching the Handmaid’s Tale tv series so I’m interested to see what’s going to happen next.

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