BAsPC: The Books Causing Book Hangovers

BA's Posting Challenge 2013-14Welcome to BA’s Posting Challenge for book bloggers! In an effort to consistently create content on BA I thought I would take part in a 30 day blogging challenge (I have to mix it up or else I get bored), but realised I don’t want to, nor do I have the time, to create a post every single day. Instead I decided to attempt to create a post once a week with content other than a review.

This is how BA’s Posting Challenge began.

Now BA’s Posting Challenge has become an annual event spanning the year’s busiest time. November for Wrimos everywhere, December for the holiday season, January for New Year’s and recovery, February for the lovers, and March to finally wind down after all the craziness.

BA’s Posting Challenge is for those book bloggers who want content and can’t think of anything to post, want a break without their blog dying, and just want to join in somewhere with the blogosphere community. This  challenge has a focus on books, book blogs, and personal topics scattered throughout. Find all the topics here.

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The Books causing Book Hangovers:  As a follow up to the previous topic, what are the books that have given you the worst hangovers?

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There’s quite a few books that have given me hangovers in the past so I thought I’d stick with my top three instead of going on… and on… and on…

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by JK RowlingHarry Potter is one of my worst. I was so bereft when I finished The Deathly Hallows. I ploughed my way through the series, reading until I could feel my tear ducts drying up, and it was bad enough I didn’t know what to do with myself when it finished. Not knowing what to read next made it worse. I went from book to book, attempting to read, and I couldn’t commit to any new story for a few weeks. Those were difficult times

Harry Potter’s world is so detailed, so layered, and just a beautifully rich story. If you can make past the first three, which are written for a young audience, it would be amazing if you weren’t lost within the story.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I read all 500+ pages of The Time Traveler’s Wife in the space of a weekend, without The Time Traveler's Wifetaking extended breaks. If I thought my tear ducts drying up with Harry Potter was bad, I was kidding myself when it came to The Time Traveler’s Wife. At least with Harry Potter it was over a stretch of time and I could pace myself, as much as you can when you’re trying to read faster, but this time around… jeez… My eyes felt dry and were so sore when I finished reading. I had trouble blinking for a few hours. My body was cramped as well from sitting in certain reading positions for extended periods.

I don’t think it was even about the story at the time, but more about the writing. I loved the writing so very much. I probably stopped blinking to make sure I could get those words into my brain as fast as possible.

Early Works by Anne Rice

UnknownI was going to cut this down to three, but then I got to thinking when I came up with Anne Rice… I can’t pick just one book from her earlier work. I feel like it would be a cliche for me to readily name The Vampire Chronicles as a hangover-causer. They’re the most popular and well known books by her, but they aren’t the only ones that left me feeling bereft when I finished reading them.

Luckily this was back when I was big on re-reading. I rarely re-read now, I feel like there’s too many books and not enough time, but in my teens I read the same books over and over. My copy of Lestat, Queen of The Damned, and Memnoch are well worn. I also loved Servant of The Bones, The Feast of All Saints, and Cry to Heaven.

I think I read those ones multiple times because the hangover from them was so bad I just had to go through them again to cope.

Doesn’t reminiscing about the books causing you hangovers make you just love books even more? Seriously, I know it does with me.

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