I’ve Got a Book Hangover


I’m currently suffering a book hangover. Before Christmas I finished a book called Snow Crash. It was involved and sucked me in like nothing else to the story, the ideas, and the futuristic book world where everything is run by corporations, even the jails. I can’t recommend it enough. Except for one thing: I’m still stuck there.

For those who don’t know, a book hangover is when you can’t start a new book because you’re still stuck in the world of the last book you read. And just to complicate matters, the world of the last book I read was a world where language is a virus and mind control can be achieved through words, either spoken or read. A concept that doesn’t easily lend itself to continuing reading, considering the realistic portrayal of this concept incorporating historical fact, some fiction, and religion.

So here I am, stuck. I haven’t yet left that world, and I’m dying to become immersed in a new one, but I’m struggling to find anything that piques my interest enough to read. Which is where we get to the crux of the matter: I need book recommendations.

Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Something interesting, fast paced, but not too heavy. A real page turner.
  • A series so when I finish the book and want more, I get it (preferably a series that is complete, as I hate waiting for people to write books!)
  • I read: fantasy, thriller, murder mysteries, chick lit (a la Can You Keep A Secret, less so Mills & Boon).
  • I don’t read: war or anything containing racism or bigotry in any major way (especially if it’s true).

So, over to you guys – Can you help cure me?

Have you ever suffered a book hangover? What’s your favourite book?

  • Mazi

    I am a fan of the Rivers of London Series. by Ben Aaronovitch. Interesting Concept, 3 books in and each is a stand alone book (with some longer arcs as well)

    And right now I am on a wait list to read Fault in our stars.by John Green. I have not heard a bad word about it.

    • Monique Fischle

      The Fault In Our Stars is divine. I love it so much.

      • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

        Well that’s quite an endorsement! I shall check it out.

        • Monique Fischle

          Keep in mind that it is sad and I did cry while reading it, but it’s beautiful. It’s Young Adult and John Green really knows how to turn a phrase. It’s just a sweet story.

          • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

            I can do sad, but war just hits me in the goolies.

          • Monique Fischle

            This isn’t war sad. One of the best books I’ve read is Two Brothers by Ben Elton but it’s set in Nazi Germany. It’s fascinating but really upsetting as well.

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      I’ve almost finished The Fault in Our Stars and I’m loving it. It’s beautiful

  • Hayley Ashman

    For fairly fluffy crime fiction try the Lizzy Gardner Series by T. R. Ragan.
    Wool by Hugh Howey is slow in parts but good.
    A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay is crime and was a quick, easy read.
    The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell was amazing. It’s a bit suspenseful but is also a great story and I couldn’t put it down.
    The Legend series by Marie Lu is YA fiction but it’s an easy read that’s hard to put down.

    Finding a good series these days can be hard. Have you read The Dark Tower series by Stephen King? I actually haven’t but I’ve heard lot’s of people rave about it. Also Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz is supposed to be very good (I think there’s three or four books in the series).

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      Thanks Hayley!! I haven’t read any of those. I quite enjoy YA fiction to be honest.

  • Jen

    Gone Girl is a real page turner and a pretty easy read. I’m going to recommend the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers because it’s my favourite but it doesn’t really fit your likes and does feature a bit of war BUT maybe someone else will be interested!!

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      I keep meaning to read Gone Girl! Yes, I must do that.

      What kind of war does it feature? To give you an idea – I had to stop reading The Book Thief as soon as there was mention of Nazis because I got upset.

      • Hayley Ashman

        Gillian Flynn’s two other books are not too bad. They’re not as good as Gone Girl but they’re page-turners.

      • Jen

        it’s early christian times so a war in Jerusalem I think, plus it features gladiators – perhaps far enough removed from our day to not be so confronting?

  • Melissa Savage

    I may not be much help here. I am on a non-fiction kick that has lasted since I finished A Song of Ice and Fire (I went deep into all of the history that world is based on) although over the break I started working my way through Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books because a) they are free/dirt cheap for kindle and b) I’m in a bit of a Sherlock spiral (BBC/Elementary/RDJ movies).

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      I have read A Song of Ice and Fire! But I didn’t continue on in the series as I like to watch the movies/TV Shows first.

  • http://onesmalllifeblog.blogspot.com.au/ One Small LIfe

    I know exactly what you mean about book hangover – it’s so wonderful and yet so sort of isolating. But to love a book that much is great.

    Well I was going to recommend the Khaled Hosseini novels but they couldn’t be further from what you are after. A Thousand Splendid Suns is set in war torn Afghanistan and very provocative descriptions of the violence of war and treatment of women. But his writing is so very beautiful.

    I also really loved the Stieg Larsson trilogy for excellent thriller/ page turner books that I couldn’t put down. No war, but quite violent, and a bit of a Nazi reference in the first one if I remember rightly.

    Do let us know what you choose next and how you like it, though my stack of books to read is already quite high after Christmas.


    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      Oh I loved the Steig Larson trilogy! That’s exactly what I’m looking for!

  • Pingback: Book Hangover - cea mai plăcută mahmureală | Bookaholic()