Over the years, a new term has been used to describe the bittersweet feeling we all experience after finishing a great book: the book hangover.
Over the course of the story, you fall in love with the characters and their world. Once you finish these books, it takes a while before you can function normally again.
This top 10 list was compiled with that very feeling in mind; the books with the best/worst book hangovers.
These talented authors will captivate you from the first line and have you begging for the next book.
1 The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”
The Raven Boys, set in fictional Henrietta, Virginia, follows a spunky female protagonist named Blue who, against her own morals, befriends a group of Raven Boys.
This is the nickname for the students attending Aglionby, an expensive private school in town.
Blue joins them on their adventures to find a sleeping Welsh king. Everything goes wrong.
The Raven Boys is the first of four in a series called the Raven Cycle. This book is best read with friends because you will need to talk about it.
Stiefvater, Maggie. The Raven Cycle. Scholastic Press, 2012. ISBN: 0545424925
2 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
“After a year of slavery in the salt mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.”
If you like badass female protagonists and deadly competitions, then Throne of Glass is perfect for you.
Celaena Sardothien was serving her life sentence in the mines of Endovier when she was dragged out and commanded to enter the competition to become the King’s champion.
In the first book of six, Sarah J. Maas weaves a story of self-identification, finding courage and following your heart.
This series will leave you lying on the floor, hours after you’ve finished reading it. Trust us.
Mass, Sarah J. The Throne of Glass. Bloomsbury USA, 2012. ISBN: 1599906953
3 This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
“The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn’t angry or drunk. She was desperate.”
This dark urban fantasy is based in Verity, a divided city at war against monsters called the Corsai, the Malachi, and the Sunai.
The citizens have two options: fight against the monsters, or pay for “protection.”
Kate Harker and August Flynn are two unlikely allies trying to learn about being monstrous in a city of fear.
Be careful: if you binge read this, you’ll have to wait a while before you can you get your hands on the sequel.
Schwab, Victoria. This Savage Song. Greenwillow Books, 2016. ISBN: 0062380877
4 The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
“The Importance of an Orderly Mind. Will West began each day with that thought even before he opened his eyes.”
Will West lived his life in the background, due to his parents’ demands. But he slipped up when taking a nationwide exam and scored in a percentile so high that an exclusive prep school begs to enroll him.
After losing his parents, Will arrives at the school and realizes why they hid his talents; he could perform impossible mental and physical feats with ease.
In The Paladin Prophecy Mark Frost, co-writer of the hit TV show Twin Peaks, writes a cast of characters so real you will think they’re your friends too.
Frost, Mark. The Paladin Prophecy. Random House Books, 2012. ISBN: 0375870458
5 The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
“If I had to do it all over again, I would not have chosen this life. Then again, I’m not sure I ever had a choice.”
The False Prince takes place in a turmoiled country, where a nobleman named Conner seeks to overthrow the kingdom by training an orphan boy to impersonate the long-lost prince, Jaron.
The story follows an orphan named Sage, who is one of four competing for the starring role in Conner’s sick plot.
Nielsen teases you throughout the story, before pulling the rug out from under you in the final pages. The suggested remedy for this hangover is the sequel, The Runaway King.
Nielsen, Jennifer A. The Lost Prince. Scholastic, 2012. ISBN: 0545284139
6 Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
“The Sisters would like to see you in their chambers, Miss. Gray.”
Clockwork Angel is set in 1878, and Tessa Gray has travelled from America to find her brother in London.
At least, that is how it started. Soon, she finds herself in a dark, supernatural world filled with vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and clockwork creatures trying to take over the British Empire.
She is saved by Will and Jem, two Shadowhunters who she can’t help falling for, as everything around her turns out to be false.
Clare, Cassandra. Clockwork Angel. Simon & Schuster, 2010. ISBN: 1416975861
7 The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
“Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared.”
In The Iron King, Megan Chase has always had trouble fitting in at school. It gets worse when a mysterious stranger starts following her around, and her best friend Robin starts acting stranger than normal.
When her half-brother is stolen from his room by evil Faeries, Megan must dive after them into the Nevernever, where she meets a handsome Faery prince with an attitude.
If he doesn’t help her, she will never get her brother back. This series contains four books, but with such an awesome array of characters there could easily be a lot more.
Kagawa, Julie. The Iron King. Harlequin Teen, 2010. ISBN: 0373210086
8 The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
“Even before he got electrocuted, Jason was having a rotten day.”
If you’re a fan of young adult fiction, then you have most likely heard of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. That book hangover still hurts.
When Riordan announced a spin-off series, some were hesitant. Don’t be.
The Lost Hero starts off the series by introducing you to three new protagonists: Jason, Piper and Leo. After finding out they were Demigods, they were sent on a quest to rescue Queen Hera.
Don’t worry, trouble seems to follow these Demigods wherever they go, just like old times! With a story this good, six hundred pages isn’t enough.
Riordan, Rick. The Lost Hero. Disney-Hyperion, 2010. ISBN: 142311339X
9 City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
“”You’ve got to be kidding me,” the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.”
City of Bones introduces our protagonist Clary Fray and follows her into the Shadow world of New York City.
When her mother is taken by an evil former shadowhunter named Valentine, Clary is determined to get her back.
Throw in some vampires, a glitter-covered warlock named Magnus Bane, and a suspenseful love-triangle to uncover the formula for a wicked book hangover.
Clare, Cassandra. City of Bones. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007. ISBN: 1416914285
10 Mind Games by Kiersten White
“The moment he bends over to help the sorrow-eyed spaniel puppy, I know I won’t be able to kill him. This, of course, ruins my entire day.”
In Mind Games two sisters, Annie and Fia, are keeping secrets. Annie is blind, except when she sees the future, and the first impulse Fia feels is always right.
Fia knew something was wrong when the Keane Institute offered to help fix Annie’s eyes. Using this as leverage, the Institute began to use Fia for illegal things varying from picking stocks to planting bombs.
Fia is tired of being used and decides to fight back. With only two books in the series, the book hangover is a little rougher than most.
White, Kiersten. Mind Games. Harper Teen, 2013. ISBN: 0062135317