Biggest Book Hangovers

I recently read The Scandal/Beartown by Fredrik Backman. The book left me with all kinds of conflicting emotions. I was happy that I had read it but terribly sad when the story ended. I felt disappointed in myself for having read it fast instead of slowing down and prolonging the experience. I didn’t want to move on or read another book. I mean, what do you read after a book that takes such a toll on you? Simply put, the book gave me a massive hangover.

A book hangover is condition in which attachment to a book or series that has ended causes the reader traumatic emotional distress. It usually lasts for one to two weeks, or until a new book of higher-than-average quality enters the reader’s life.

In no particular order, below is a list of my worst book hangovers:


  • The Scandal/ Beartown by Fredrick Backman
  • The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Wrecked by Maria Padian



  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- OMG, that final scene. Devastating!
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • When we danced at the end of the pier by Sandy Taylor
  • Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth



  • A Daughter’s Courage by Renita D’Silva
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago
  • The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden – I didn’t want this one to end. It was an emotional read but getting to the last page was difficult. I didn’t want my time with the book to end.
  • Stay with me by Adebayo Ayobami
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah


  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer- That twist and the mother in law, that cover. So much to say about this one.
  • It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover- What an emotional roller coaster.


When I first thought of writing this post, I had 5 books in mind. Then I decided to list 10 books because 10 is a good number, right? However, going through my blog, I ended up with 17 books read in the last year or so! These are the stories that stayed with me long after I turned the last page.

Have you read any of the books on my list?

Let me know the books that gave you hangovers.