Hangovers & Cures
1. the inability to start a new book because you're still living in the last books world.
2. the inability to function because you were up all night binge-reading.
I am in the midst of a hangover. A book hangover. I’ve consumed too many words, too much angst and not enough sleep.
This isn’t my first Rodeo. So, you’d assume I have a cure, right? But is there a cure for a book hangover? I know wives’ tales cures for alcohol induced hangovers and heart break hangovers and even lack of sleep hangovers, but book hangovers? As far as I’m concerned, there is no cure.
Some suggest rereading the book that caused the hangover, some suggest rereading an old favourite or maybe switching genres, and some even suggest diving straight into the next book you want to read. But me? I’m incurable when it comes to book hangovers. And there’s no time frame. It could be hours, days, weeks or months before I get over a book hangover.
Therein lies the problem of being a mood reader.
I’m a very passionate person who feels deeply, sometimes too deeply, and when I love something I love it whole heartedly. When I dislike something, its dead to me.
I’ve always been incredibly empathetic, I have this uncanny knack of getting so sucked into a story that I forget where book life ends, and real life begins. I feel each character’s emotions as if they were my own. It’s not unusual to see me crying, laughing or scowling when reading a book. Strong emotions when written or watched on TV seem to hit me so much harder then my own sometimes. I have notorious RBF (Resting Bitch Face) and have been accused of being an Ice Queen and cold hearted… But what people don’t realise is that, that RBF is a mask, I hide my emotions because I feel them so strongly. It’s a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I feel like I understand characters thoughts, feelings and actions so much more and a curse because not only do I take others pain on as my own, but it causes emotional and book hangovers!
My favourite book genres are generally the ones most filled with angst. I love the ‘Siblings Best Friend’ genre, especially if it’s ‘enemies to lovers’. ‘Enemies to Lovers’ in any form is my kryptonite. I love the part of a book where the characters are arguing constantly, and the sexual tension is out of control, and then some tragic event or accident will happen to the heroine and that arrogant, asshole, alpha hero will rescue her whilst whispering terms of endearment in her ear. I am a SUCKER for that first moment that the hero calls the heroine ‘Baby’. That moment right there is what my dreams are made of, the moment that my heart skips a beat and the butterflies in my tummy go crazy. And then 10 minutes later in the book they hate each other again but are questioning every word out of each other’s mouths and I’m just sitting there biting my lip in anticipation waiting for it to click in their heads. These angst filled moments are the ones that keep me up all night flipping pages. The tension running so high that I’m reading as fast as I can without skimming words and forcing myself not to glance to the end of the page to see what’s coming. My eyes are wide, my heart is in my throat, I’m holding my breath and sleep evades me. That moment? That moment is PURE HEAVEN to a lover of angst such as I!
And all these heart wrenching moments culminate in an overload of someone else’s emotions that are twisting and turning through my head and heart and are exactly how a book hangover begins.
So the cure for said book hangover? There isn’t one. The question I ask you though, is do I want a cure? Do I want the ability to finish a book that has so thoroughly affected me or changed me and then move straight on to the next book? No. I don’t. Do I want to remain incurable? More than anything.
So, I’ll take that book hangover that I’ve been ‘suffering through’ for days and I’ll live in that feeling. Every breath, every heartbeat and every thought will be about the moment or the book that caused that hangover and I’ll live through it over and over again until finally, it passes. The moment whilst still evoking the same emotions in me doesn’t come to the forefront of my mind as often. I’ll start reading blurbs for other books and slowly, very slowly I’ll pick another book to dive into. Sometimes it’s a similar storyline, sometimes a completely different genre. But hopefully, that next book I pick will hit me in the feels as hard as the previous one did.
Because what’s the point of reading about love if it doesn’t make you feel as strongly as love does?
I thought I’d end this blog post with a list of a few standalone books and series that have hit me with an emotional book hangover the most.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The Kiss Thief by LJ Shen
Six of Hearts by LH Cosway
Throne of Glass Series By Sarah J Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J Maas
The Devils Night Series by Penelope Douglas
The Fall Away Series by Penelope Douglas
The Covenant Series by Jennifer L Armentrout
The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare
The Royals Series by Erin Watt
The Camelot Series by Sierra Simone
The Bleeding Stars Series by AL Jackson
The Starcrossed Series by Leisa Rayven