I know what you’re thinking. I’m a teenager, I can’t drink. That’s true, but I’m not talking about that kind of hangover. I’m talking about the ever-dreaded book hangover. When you want to read, but don’t know what. Everything seems like a bad idea. You need a life change. Here are five books I read when I’ve had a serious hangover. Um- book hangover.
When you want something meaningful- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
This is the book you read when you’ve read too much superficial contemporary. When you want a gritty – no silver lining – cry your eyes out novel. It leaves you thinking about it days after you’ve turned the last page.
When you get tired of all the words- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
This is the perfect fix because Persepolis isn’t really a novel, per se. It’s a graphic novel autobiography (wow, that’s a mouthful!) about a teenager growing up in revolutionary Iran. There’s a lot of reading, but since there are so many pictures, it doesn’t quite feel like you’re reading a book.
When you don’t really want to think- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
So. Much. Fluff. Anna and the French Kiss is pure fluff that will make you smile so hard your mouth will hurt, which is the perfect cure after reading so many depressing, gloomy books with “important messages” and “life-changing ideas”. Admit it- we all need a break sometime or another.
When you don’t want to read the new next Divergent or Hunger Games- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of those beautiful, lush fantasies that completely restore your faith in young adult fantasy novels. It transports you away from earth and into a completely different world.
When you want really great writing -Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Ok, hear me out on this one. Yes, it’s a classic, but it’s so good and gets better every time you read it. Usually, I don’t read the whole book (I know, I know) but instead just the first 100 pages. That’s the best part. Then, like magic, I’m cured of my hangover!