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Book Hangovers. What are they? Which books caused me a major hangover ~ Top 5 Tuesday

Hello, my lovelies. Today, I’m talking about hangovers. No, not the ones after a night out. Book hangovers.

Last year, I sporadically joined in with Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. Luckily, Shanah comes up with the topics a month at a time so that we’ve got some thinking space. I’ve actually managed to think about this week’s topic and gone all out. *yeah me!* 🙂

If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her post and not just her blog so she can add you to the list of participants.

So on to this week, as you may guess from the title, Shanah has come up with the topic – TOP 5 BOOKS THAT CAUSED A MAJOR HANGOVER

Book Hangover – Noun 

What are Book Hangovers? Well, it’s the feeling you get when you’re ripped from a fictional universe that you’ve spent huge amounts of time investing into because the author selfishly decided to stop telling the story.

E.g. “I haven’t read anything for two weeks after the book hangover I got from Forbidden Blood. I think my everything is broken.” 

Book hangovers are no joke. We’ve all fallen headfirst into a world that we’ve connected with on a fundamental level, or fallen in love with fictional people with more fire and intensity than we’ve ever felt for our families (except maybe the pets).

Then, with crushing inevitability, that final page hurtles towards us like a freight train, and we’re ripped from the comforting universe we’d become such a part of like the covers being ripped off on the first day of Secondary School, thrust back into the harsh, cold bright light of reality.

Sometimes those characters we love with such pure passion are left broken and tormented – or even dead, and there is nothing we can do but mourn their loss.

Alcohol can take eleven hours to leave the system, but a good book can take much, much longer. Is there a way to help yourself detox and get back into the world? Maybe. I’ve tried a lot of methods, and I’ve included some of the ones that … Well, they didn’t work, but they didn’t hurt either. 😉

I’ve added the link to my original reviews, (as you may guess, they’re all 5 stars) where you’ll find all the information about the books, purchase links and lots of other fun stuff too. All my links open in a new tab so that you don’t lose your place here. OK, so without further ado, on to my most emotionally memorable book hangovers …

Death of Darkness by Dianne Duvall

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Dianne is one of those pesky authors that only seems to release one book a year – how can she do that to us! I have loved this series from the first moment I read book 1 and needed to read this book: it was a visceral call that I couldn’t ignore. Boy, oh boy, it didn’t disappoint. Oh, the torment I suffered reading this book – the emotions! This is the only book that I’ve ever had to physically stop reading and put down for a few hours because I was too distressed to continue. Damn, it was good! I suffered an EPIC hangover after I finished the last page…

Read My Full Review: Death of Darkness

And a suggested hangover cure…


Ah sleep. Sweet oblivion. Sometimes curling up under a pile of blankets in the dark is the only way to get your brain to switch off. If you’re lucky, you might step into a bookish dream that helps recapture the perfect world of the book you’ve just left behind (Note: This can be dangerous and you may not actually wake up. Always set an alarm). It may be necessary to ring in sick to work while this vitally important process is undertaken. Allow no disturbances, informing all family members and friends to stay away from your room until you emerge of your own free will. Whale song CDs are not advisable … mostly because it gets annoying after a while and the gentle patter of rain drops just make me want to pee. 💦

Blaze by Teresa Gabelman

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I’m totally in love with the characters in this book and have read most of the books in The Protectors series more than once. The story in this book gave me all the feels that I crave; it had me blubbering like a baby more than usual and got my blood boiling with rage too and while I’ve got to be honest and say that I also found certain scenes very tense, disturbing and hard to read, Blaze also had me laughing my socks off, sent tingles of titillation to all the right spots *blush* and warmed my old romantic heart. There wasn’t anything about this book that I didn’t like. I loved the balance of action and romance, of heavy drama and light humour. I was emotionally exhausted after reading this one!

Read My Full Review: Blaze

And another suggested hangover cure…


Sometimes the best way to get your emotions out of the jumble of a mess that is your traumatised brain (besides of course, a pensieve) is to talk about it. The internet can be a wonderful tool for getting your thoughts out there. Book Blogging, and reviewing on a retail site, such as Waterstones, Book Depository or Amazon, is a great way to pour your emotions into something… probably incoherent and rambling, but it gets it out there. If you’re lucky, you might find someone else suitably ruined by the same book, and you can bond!🤝💕🤝

Paladin by Montana Ash

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This time last year, I had no idea who Montana Ash was, then a friend of mine recommended the Elemental Paladin series. The story in this book just blew me away! I devoured it; I loved Ms Ash’s writing style, the pace she set for her story and the balance she created in her gripping plot-line. The characters she created are complex souls that exhibit all the traits that I crave; intelligence, camaraderie, humour and a potential for soul-deep love. This story brought out many emotions while I was reading it; fear, fury, yummy tingles and yes, I did blubber like a baby at times too but there was also plenty of humour and banter that made me chuckle out loud.

Read My Full Review: Paladin

And another suggested hangover cure…


It’s an old adage – suffering from too much alcohol? Drink more! It’s actually wildly untrue of drink, but could it be true of books? Could picking that book that’s just split your very core into two pieces and reading it from the first page again help you come to terms with what’s happened? Can it help you reclaim the things that you’ve lost? Maybe this time that main character won’t be decapitated in the final chapters! Maybe this time they can live happily ever after, without that melancholy bench in Oxford! Maybe the book simply won’t end this time, and you’ll be absorbed into the pages, living in your favourite fictional world forever and ever! 

No, wait, that’s just silly. All you’ll do is break your very core into four pieces instead of two. 

Oh, but it’s worth it though, isn’t it? 

Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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I can’t believe I haven’t read this series before now: I’m loving it! This has been my favourite book to date and I didn’t want it to ever end. Dance with the Devil is an exciting read that brought out ALL my emotions! Sorrow, fear, indignation, apprehension, joy and passion. I was gripped from cover to cover and when it ended, I was bereft and inconsolable. 😭

Read My Full Review: Dance With The Devil

I think we need another suggested cure.


Sometimes you need a palate cleanse. A book that’s uplifting and funny, not too serious and easy-going. There are plenty of these books out there. Personally, I recommend one of The Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery books by Angie Fox – though they do contain some scenes of peril. Cozy Paranormal Mystery books in fact, are my go-to genre to make me feel better about the world as a whole. There’s a simple, joyous sense of closure about them. 

Forever Wolf by Maria Vale

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Believe it or not, I could have listed all 3 books in this trilogy – they all gave me hangovers! But I had to pick 1 for this post and I loved this book. It took ages (hours…days) for my heartbeats to return to normal, for the tears to dry from my cheeks and for me to get my thoughts together enough to write a coherent review. It was fantastic! 😉

Read My Full Review: Forever Wolf

We’ll definitely need another hangover cure now.


Go to your local bookshop.  Find a copy of the book that has wronged you so wholly.  Place the book face out on the shelf so it can see your tears.  Scream your lungs out in an incandescent rainbow of emotions, from fury to betrayal. The closer you can get to the book, the better. Let it really know how much it has hurt you. 

Did that make you feel better? If not, repeat the above steps. The booksellers will probably understand. 

What is that noise?‘ 

Another customer is screaming at a copy of The Notebook‘ 

Ah, again? We’ve all been there I suppose.

Well, that’s it for me but what about you? Which books gave you the worst hangover? Is there a particular author that strives to capture your soul with EVERY BOOK THEY WRITE!

I’ll leave you with one final cure for those book hangovers … (???)🤷‍♀️ 😉


Twitter is a wonderful thing. It lets you interact with authors in a way that you never used to be able to! Much like reviewing a book, tweeting the author your deep, incoherent and emotionally loaded diatribes about their book is a FANTASTIC IDEA. Authors love to hear from fans, especially if they’re responsible for breaking them into pieces physically and mentally. They live for that. I know that K.F. Breene and Amelia Hutchins live for that sort of reaction! 😂🤣😂 So share that their book gave you the mother of all book hangovers!

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my post about book hangovers. Now that you’ve read mine, why not hop along to some of the other amazing blogs taking part in this week’s Top 5 Tuesday.

Don’t forget to leave a link to your Top 5 Tuesday post so I can visit your blog if you’re joining in the fun this week or just drop me a comment below.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and read some fantastic books.

Bye for now.

Flora x

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By Flora

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog -

7 replies on “Book Hangovers. What are they? Which books caused me a major hangover ~ Top 5 Tuesday”

I loved how you compaired with alcohol leaving our system in 11 hours Flora but the book hangover lasting ….much longer!

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