Book hangovers. It’s basically what happens when you find the book equivalent for Golum’s ring. You want no other book. Need no other book. It is, in that moment, the most perfect written creation ever to have graced your sacred bookshelves… Until it ends. The sudden loss of something so flawless hits you harder than that time you got beaned in the face during dodgeball. You can’t function. You feel like you had way too many strawberry margaritas the night before, and you don’t even like strawberry margaritas. After that, you just go through the motions of life, bookless, until you learn to love again.
So what are my top five book losses that hit me harder than a night of drinking cheap tequila? Starting with the most obligatory pick:
#1 Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I’m pretty sure i don’t need to explain this one, but just in case you haven’t read it, you haven’t lived until you’ve read about the boy who did. It’s just about the most perfect series of all time, and I will never not love it. Ravenclaw till you die, son.
#2 Swan Song by Robert McCammon
Swan has a way about her. She’s sweet, compassionate, and has one hell of a green thumb. She also just survived a nuclear holocaust. Swan Song follows Swan and others as they try to survive mass devastation and rebuild life in general. The easiest was to explain it is that it’s kind of like The Stand, but better (sorry Stephen King). It’s a book that asks you what it means to be human, and then it shows you. If you don’t weep at the end a little, I would highly suggest checking the status of your soul.
#3 Preacher written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Steve Dillion
There is a damn good reason why AMC is turning this one into a t.v. show.It’s the kind of graphic novel you give to people when you want them to stop equating comics with kids stuff. Why? Jesse Custer.
He isn’t your grandma’s preacher. He’s a ass-kicking, chain-smoking, whiskey lover who rolls with an ex who love/hates him and an Irish vampire. There is so much sex, drugs, and rock & roll you will feel a whole range of emotions. After you conquer all nine graphic volumes you’ll never be the same.
#4 Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Before there was Augustus and Hazel or Mia and Adam, there was Stargirl and Leo. When he first sees her, she is the most amazing creature to have ever hit the sun-scorched streets of his tiny Arizona town. She plays ukulele and is wild and free. She is so unlike anyone at Mica High, that the entire student body is enthralled by her. For a time. This one is about choices. The choice to conform. The choice love. The choice between being true to your heart or breaking it. Stargirl will stay with you long after the last page.
Last but not least, a newcomer:
#5 Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Imagine a writer has taken what you so desperately loved about Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Darcy, the snakiness, Mr. Darcy), and then she turned that essence into an origin story about Blackbeard. Yeah. Blackhearts is like that. It will bring you back to why you loved the classics so much, and at the end you will die a little inside. What makes it extra soul crushing is it’s currently a stand-alone. If there is anyone up in the literary heavens listening, grant my wish for a sequel. It was that good.
I hope these all give you a serious case of the feels like they did me. Also, before I go, let me take a second to give a shout out to Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube), for creating Top 5 Wednesdays (T5W) where bloggers far and wide tackle top fives. If you want to learn more or join this jazzy group of bloggers, click here.