Bottoms Up: Ten Book Hangovers

I’ve seen so many great people participating in Top Ten Tuesday that I thought it was time to try it out for myself. It’s a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, who provides basic instructions each week for creating a bookish list. So if you’re looking to get in on the list-making action, be sure to check out her blog for future prompts as well as links to current participants’ posts.

After an unexpected week away, it’s great to be back posting today.

This week’s theme is all about stories I couldn’t stop thinking about long after they ended. Each kept me up way past my bedtime as I sneaked in just one more chapter, and all kept me engrossed in their worlds long after the final page was turned.

Here are ten books that left me with a book hangover.

A Constellation of Roses
by Miranda Asebedo

Goodreads | My Review

As Brave As You
by Jason Reynolds


Deposing Nathan
by Zack Smedley

Goodreads | My Review

Doctor Zhivago
by Boris Pasternak


Ducks, Newburyport
by Lucy Ellmann

Goodreads | My Review

Lolly Willowes
by Sylvia Townsend Warner


Looking for Lucy
by Julie Houston

Goodreads | My Review

The Last Day of Winter
by Shari Low

Goodreads | My Review

The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew
by Milly Johnson

Goodreads | My Review

The Miraculous
by Jess Redman

Goodreads | My Review


  1. I’ve only heard of two of these books: A Constellation of Roses and Doctor Zhivago but have been wanting to read both for a while now. Especially Zhivago which has been on my TBR for years! Glad to hear you enjoyed them so much 🙂 Great post!

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  2. Doctor Zhivago left you with a book hangover, interesting! I couldn’t finish it when I tried it many years ago, but I wasn’t quite in the right mood and was on my way out from reading fiction. I’ve read so much about it recently though, like how it even came to be published, that I’d really like to try it again. I’m glad to hear you liked it so much, that’s a major point in its favor!

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    1. It’s one of those books that I almost gave up on after a strong start because it just stopped working for me. I’m not even sure I can quite describe what happened, but after the first 100 pages everything started clicking and I thought it was brilliant. Funnily enough, I had read an article at the end of last year about how it came to be published and that’s what made me want to read it. So I definitely understand the allure from knowing its background. If you do end up giving it a chance, I’d love to hear what you think. It’s a unique book.

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      1. I’ve had a few of those amazing instances where you give something another chance and it clicks and magic happens. It’s good to know this was one such for you. I want to give it another try after reading the story of his inspiration for Lara in Dressed for a Dance in the Snow. I also have a copy of The Zhivago Affair, about how it came to be published, and it just sounds like one of those stranger-than-fiction stories. You might want to check that one out too, I’m sure it would be even more meaningful for you having a strong connection to the novel already.


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