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This week’s topic: Top 5 Books That Caused a Major Hangover

In over 700 books read, I have several that really caused major hangovers, both for very good and very bad reasons. It is going to be quite a challenge picking five that stands out from the pack but, hey, I’ll give it a try nonetheless. Here goes my top five books.


I’m starting the list with the book that gave me my latest literary hangover – Nigerian writer Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ’s debut novel, Stay With Me. The profound but interesting premise, and the flawed yet intriguing characters were carefully drawn by Adébáyọ̀. Moreover, the writing and the local colors supplemented what is already a powerful and magical prose. A couple of days after reading it, I still can’t help gushing over it.


David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas is no easy read, especially when it’s your first Mitchell work. At the onset, I knew it was out-of-the-box, which it was. I found challenging at first, considering that I’ve read it when I just started ticking off books from “must-read” lists. However, as the story progressed, the prose begun to flourish. I was catapulted into a world I never thought would ever exist. It played tricks on my imagination and for years, its rich text and vivid imagery still remains with me.


My very first Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 is one of the books that caused a major hangover. Apart from it being my first Murakami, it was also my first venture into the world of magical realism. I didn’t have any iota on what it was nor was I prepared for the literary roller coaster I would find myself in. It was lengthy, it gave me several WTF moments, but most importantly, it showed me how vast and diverse the world of literature is. If only you would step out of your comfort zone, you would experience more.


Okay, I admit, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into when I picked up Nobel Prize in Literature winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. I’ve never heard of the book or of the author before. Still, I gambled in the hopes of a literary adventure that is out-of-this-world. And indeed, it was! The Buendia family, their eccentricities, their contrasting personalities gave me a very memorable experience.  It was weird, especially at first, but it was a wonderful kind of weird.


Here’s another book that I picked out of sheer curiosity. Well, not really, because I already had an iota that Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is one of those books that you must read to be considered well-read. The premise was interesting; I’ve always been fascinated by Russian high society, especially during the Czarist years. Anna Karenina was just so different. I am torn if I liked it or not. One thing is for sure, however – it was a very memorable read.

Because I couldn’t just stop at five books, here are other books that gave me major hangovers: