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. This week’s Top Ten is The Last Ten Books to Give You a Book Hangover. Now I am not sure if I have ever really had a book hangover, but there have been books that I read recently that had me thinking about them for a long time afterward, or sad to see finish, or a series that I can’t wait to read the next one even though it is not written yet, so those are the ones I am including.
I just finished this week, but I am already looking forward to the next one in this series. This is a cozy mystery series, but more than just that. They are what I call “Smart Cozies”. They do not have amateiur sleuths, but are clean mysteries, take place in small towns with a cozy feel to them. I definitely recommend this series.
Well, this is my second Susan Mallery book and I know it won’t be my last. I wanted to know more about these ladies. I didn’t want the story to end yet. Not only did the characters give me a book hangover, but the author now has me frantically checking out her back list.
Save Your Breath was the last book in the Morgan Dane series. This is a series that I was sorry to see end. I loved these characters and they became like friends. I know that Melinda Leigh’s new series will be wonderful, but I will miss Morgan, Lance, Lincoln and all of Morgan’s family, friends and colleagues.
The Mainely Needlepoint series is another cozy mystery series that I loved. Again, the protagonist has Private Investigator training and is often asked by the police to help them. This is the 9th and final book in this series. The author, Lea Wait, passed in August 2019. I encourage anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery, especially one that takes place on the East Coast, pick this one up.
Not only did this book have me thinking about the women portrayed in this story long after I finished reading, but about all the women who lived through these terrible times, what they had to endure and do to survive. This well written historical fiction also had me searching for other books written by this trio.
All I will say about this book is that you need to have a box of tissues handy when you read this one. It was very good and has had me thinking about my choices in life as well as wanting me to know what is next for Ellie.
This book is based on true events and true people, so it really tugged on my emotions. I am still thinking about the characters and the people they were based on. It was not a fast moving, twisting story, it was a dramatic, sad story about people that I came to care about.
I discovered Christina Lauren last year and am glad I did. I enjoy their humour, characters and setting in this one and will be reading more by this author.
I wanted to include a memoir in this list because I am enjoying them more and more. This book describes the early life of Alan Doyle, the front man for the Canadian band, The Great Big Sea. My hangover is because I want to read about the rest of his life. This book had me laughing throughout, yet there were also some serious parts. I had to turn on his music over and over while and after reading this one.
This is an odd choice to be on this list, but I am including it as a representative of the series. Everytime a new book comes out in the Little People, Big Dreams series, I snap it up. I read them to recommend to my colleagues and friends, as well as to read them to my grandchildren, but I also read them because I learn things in everyone I read. I eagerly look forward to each new addition to the series.
What do you think about my list? Have you read any of these books? What books have given you a “book hangover.”