Book Hangovers

I don’t often binge-read unless it’s the weekend. I can’t function if I don’t get enough sleep. And, since I’m already sleep deprived for other reasons (e.g. being overweight, too hot, too cold, uncomfortable), I try to be responsible and go to bed at a decent hour. It doesn’t always happen, though, and then I suffer from definition two.

I do, however, have a hard time starting a new book after finishing a book that really moves or engages me. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I feel like anything I pick up will be lackluster compared to the book I just finished. Unfortunately, this hasn’t happened to me for a while. I didn’t have any new 5-star reads last year, although two of them were very close: What Alice Forgot and Furiously Happy.

I feel like I need a book hangover book to read. I hope Ready Player One, the book I’m reading now, will be that type of read for me. It seems like it’s right up my alley. YA, games, puzzles, dystopia, race, suspense, etc. What’s not to love, right? The only thing missing, it seems, is the romance. 😂 Except, there might be a hint of that too. If I don’t end up liking it or it’s only just so so, I need suggestions. I need a 5-star read. I want to start off this year with a bang. Any suggestions?

Do you get book hangovers often? If so, do you fall into the first or second definition? Or both? If you’ve fallen into definition one, which book(s) has caused the hangover?

10 replies
  1. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Wow! Not a single 5 Star Read? 🙁 I don’t get book hangovers. In either definition. I’m too strict too stay up late reading and even if I adored a book I can still pick up something else pretty quick. I hope Ready Player One does it for you but if not I’ll try to think of a book that will. The rest of the Lunar Chronicles comes to mind. 😉

  2. Susan
    Susan says:

    READY PLAYER ONE was a DNF for me. I couldn’t get past the first 1/3 of the book. The dystopian world was interesting, but the plot dragged. Reading it was like watching someone else play a video game — booooring. Maybe I just needed to be more patient with it … I may give it another try, but maybe not. A lot of people love it, though, and hopefully you’ll be one of them!


    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I can understand why you would think it’s boring. I don’t think it because I feel like I’m playing it myself. But, I also don’t mind watching other people play games too.

  3. Kara
    Kara says:

    I have definitely had book hangovers! And I usually have to take at least a day or so before starting another book. Part of the reason being that I want to reread all my favorite scenes from the hangover book first! I have to reread and savor all the bits I LOVED over and over. Then I’m finally ready to pick up another. 🙂

    One of the last 5 star reads that I highly recommend is Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George. If you like Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare at all, it is SOOOO worth reading!


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