TTT: 10 Books that Gave Me a Hangover

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


Hello readers! Today’s Top 10 is about books that gave you a book hangover. I’m not 100% sure what that means to everyone else, but to me, it’s a book that I couldn’t stop talking about, thinking about, and obsessing over. I’m going to mix things up though and choose some that I haven’t mentioned here, because I don’t want to keep talking about the same books over and over.

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“Hm, I never knew that about cephalopods. ” — Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

1. The Map Thief by Michael Blanding. I love old books. I am not a collector, and I’m not a fanatic either. But the really old books – ones that are hundreds of years old, printed via movable type, or even older books that are all copied by hand – those are not just books. They are works of art. So this story about a man who turned from map and book dealer to thief was just crazy to read. I went around telling my family all about it, I was just so full of outrage that someone who professed to love books could cut them up so he could sell them more easily. Great writing in this one.

2 – 4. Retribution Falls, The Black Lung Captain, and The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding, Tales of the Ketty Jay series. This steampunk series features airships, mechanical golems, zombie-ish beings, and a found family that’s really a mess. I have 1 more book to finish the series and I’m scared! I don’t want it to be over!

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“Watch out! It’s right behind you!” — Photo by Burst

5 – 7. Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, & Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers, His Fair Assassins trilogy. Raised by nuns to serve Death – I mean, that’s pretty freaking cool. But what was even better was the strong female friendships in this one. They were able to take charge of their own lives. I loved the way this series ended.

8. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. This book had me sobbing. That doesn’t happen often, but This Book. It still messes me up.


I’m afraid 8 is all you’re getting today. I’m still recovering from sinus surgery. Lesson learned – if a doctor tries to tell you something is a “minor procedure” and you’ll be able to rest over the weekend and be fine, THEY’RE LYING. Apparently my sinuses were more messed up than he expected. I’ve already gone back for one very painful endoscopy and I have another scheduled next week, but at least I can sort of breath out of nose now. But I have a splitting headache, so I’m signing off and I’ll see you soon.

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