This week, for Top Five Tuesday, Bionic Book Worm has asked us about our best/worst/favorite bookish hangover. Those times when you finish a book and you just lay on your bed thinking about it, or the times when you can’t even think about picking up a new read because you’re just processing your last book and don’t want to wash away the memory with something new. Let’s dive in, shall we?
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
I have a lot of problems saying goodbye. That moment of knowing that something is over, or that you’re parting ways with someone and might never see them again. When Schwab closed out the DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC Trilogy, she gave me all those bittersweet vibes of “these characters are going to be okay, but it’s time to close the chapter on them.: Who knew that one word could put me into tears and make me wander around my house wondering what to do with myself. Anoshe, dear friends, anoshe.
THE HERO OF AGES by Brandon Sanderson
Another ending! While this one didn’t quite reduce me to tears, it DID leave me with that sense of WOAH. Although the MISTBORN trilogy wasn’t perfect, it did have the trademarked Sanderson maneuver of letting you think you knew exactly what was going on until you realized how very wrong you were. Definitely needed some time to process this one.
JADE CITY by Fonda Lee
No tears here, just sheer awe for the world-building and character work. Honestly, JADE CITY is one of the best things I’ve read in the last few years. Lee managed to make the island of Kekon feel like a REAL place. Her writing conveyed a history that never felt like you were reading a dry textbook. And the characters were always written so that you understood WHY they were making choices, even if you thought they were making the WRONG choice. I had to let this one sit with me just to absorb how amazing it was.
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX by J.K. Rowling
If you’ve read it, you know what happens at the end. My brain refused to process; I had to reread the few critical pages three times before I accepted what had just happened. So yeah, I was curled up in a ball on my bed after finishing this book.
SORCERY OF THORNS by Margaret Rogerson
This book showed up on my “exceeded expectations” list recently, and I had to include it again here. SORCERY OF THORNS felt like a book made specifically to make me happy. It had everything I could have possibly wanted: adventure, romance, characters I loved, magic books. The last page was so perfect I burst into tears in public. It took me a while to be okay picking up another book after finishing this one, let me tell you.
So that’s it! Those are my book hangovers! What books have totally ruined you in your life?