I saw tons of people talking on Twitter about the book hangover they had after reading Nalini Singh’s latest, Heart of Obsidian. I’ve frequently found that after reading a really good book, I too get book hangovers. Nothing else sounds good, reads good, and my book mojo flies out the window. Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Karen Marie Moning, and JC Daniels are just a few authors who have book me in a book hangover.
But what about a cure? In some cases, a hair of the dog works best for me. After finishing Heart of Obsidian I tried to pick up four different books, and only got through the first chapter or so before I gave up. I tried contemporary romance, m/m romance, and a fantasy romance before throwing in the towel. I was worried for a while there that nothing would be able to help me except time. But then, I saw Kresley Cole tweeting about her newest release, MacRieve, and I knew I had a cure. Lachlain, Kaderin and Bowen all got me over the slump, and my reading mojo back.
For some people, hair of the dog makes it worse, and the only thing that helps them is water and aspirin, a method tried and true. Most times, my book hangovers are easily fixed with an old favorite of a totally different genre. I tend to have a few fall backs that I always rely on. Magic Strikes is one of my go-to books, because really? who doesn’t love the Midnight Games? No Turning Back by Kaylea Cross was one of the most suspenseful books I ever read, so that is always a good one that pulls me completely into another world. Finally, anything Rough Riders, specifically Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James. There is nothing better than a smutty best friend’s older brother story, with sexy cowboys and lots of dirty smexing.
And then there are some people that have a weird family recipe they rely on: Uncle Eddie’s magic hangover cure, or Aunt Ida’s egg and tomato drink. Trying something obscure from the book that caused the hangover is something that has never worked for me. Not sure if it’s because I don’t really read outside my normal genre’s, or because I’m a creature of habit. Either way, reading something totally different: non-fiction, a biography, or poetry just doesn’t work for me.
What about you? Do you have a book hangover cure that works best for you? What was the last book that gave you a hangover, and what was your cure? Or did you have to just sleep and deal with the pain until it went away on its own?