Top 5 Tuesday: Books That Drained Me

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve read a lot of books that have drained me, both emotionally and physically… I’ve also been left drained from staying up for hours trying to finish a book! I noticed that my list is mainly made up of final books in a series. There’s just something about reading the last book in a series which drains me so much. It’s so emotional finishing a series you’ve been reading for years!

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm and each week there’s a different bookish topic to discuss. If you’re interested in participating, or checking out Shanah’s blog, click here!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess

That epilogue destroyed me. I felt so many emotions in the last few pages and I just remember finishing the book and not reading anything for the next few weeks. It was all I could think about. It was a really beautiful ending but it destroyed me.

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

War Storm

I’m not 100% sure why this book drained me. I’m unsure whether it was due to the fact that it was so slow and at times painful to read, or if it was because I was reading it just after I got out of hospital. At that time I was pretty drained myself and all I wanted to do was sleep, plus I was pretty high on painkillers…. Buttttt I don’t remember much action in this book at all which is disappointing for the final book in the series.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare


Cassandra Clare knows how to write an amazing series finale and that was the same thing with City of Heavenly Fire. I ended up finishing this book in one day and it was possibly the most exhausting reading days I’ve ever had. I just couldn’t put the book down and I desperately needed to know how everything ended.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas


It was kind of impossible not to be left drained by this book. So much happened, and there was so much to remember from the previous books. It was another finale that had a huge build up and high stakes. I think I ended up getting into a reading slump after finishing this book because I didn’t know what to read next.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


This is the odd one out on this list because it’s not the last in a series, but it’s the first. This book is hugeeeeee, there’s over 800 pages which is crazy. At the time that I was reading it, it was the longest book I’d ever picked up. By the end of it, I was so drained. It felt like it took me years to get through it because it just kept on going. Luckily, it was an amazing book but it took me forever to read!

What are some books that left you feeling drained?

18 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Books That Drained Me

  1. Clockwork Princess also drained me. I don’t think I’ll ever get over that epilogue. I stayed up really late reading it and was sobbing so loud I woke my mom up, who rushed into my room thinking there was something wrong with me, haha!

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  2. I never read any books in the Outlander series just because I’m a bit of a slow reader and it would take me forever to finish reading those books, LoL. Although, I’m a big fan of the TV series on Starz. Season 3 was so good, haven’t watched any of the new episodes yet though.

    I’ve never really felt drained from reading a book but that’s probably cause I only read a few pages at a time. Currently reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. So far it’s really good!

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    1. The TV is pretty close to the books from what I can remember. I haven’t read the third book though so I’m not sure about the other seasons haha! It’s such a great TV show!

      I hope you continue to enjoy To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 😊

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      1. Cool! I still haven’t started any of the episodes in Season 4 yet. At this point I think I’ll just wait until the season is over with and watch the episodes back to back.

        I’ve read about 60 pages so far and so far it’s a really great book!

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      2. That’s what I’m doing! I hate waiting each week for a new episode, so I’m just going to binge them all when the season is finished.

        I’m glad to hear that it’s good so far!

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