Book Hangover

What is a book hangover?

Remaining attached to a book you just finished

After finishing a particularly gripping novel, emotionally-invested readers may say they have a book hangover. Book hangovers are comprised of two related symptoms:

  • An inability to stop thinking about your most recent read
  • A lack of desire to start another book

For example, after finishing the Harry Potter series for the first time, a reader may find themself daydreaming about Hogwarts and unexcited to start another series. This is a classic book hangover.

Overly-attached readers often discuss their book hangovers on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and other social media platforms. BookTok users, especially, love using TikTok to talk through their book hangovers with other superfans.


My worst book hangover was after finishing The Song of Achilles. It took me weeks to want to open another book
A Twitter user describing a book hangover
A Twitter user describing a book hangover

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Updated February 4, 2022

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