One of the worst things about reading a great book is that you can never read it for the first time again.
There is absolutely nothing like reading an amazing book for the very first time. It leaves you just a bit melancholy when you turn that final page.
It is the feeling you get after those moments when tackling your TBR list for something similar seems daunting and impossible that I like to call a Book Hangover.
My remedy is usually to either listen to the book on audio if I read the hard copy or read it if I listened to it on audio. I also force my sisters and mom to read the book, then stalk them as they do so … asking for updates every 4 seconds.
If there is a fandom associated with the book, you’d better believe I look for that, too.
And then, there is the difficult journey of trying to find a book similar enough to the book I just read so that I can start the process all over again.
I am here today for all those The Hating Game fans who have gone through this process. I’ve gathered a few books that I’ve read that are fantastic remedies for the book hangover you might be experiencing at the hands of Sally Thorne.
6 Book Recommendations for The Hating Game by Sally Thorne Fans
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
This book is so achingly similar to The Hating Game in so many ways, but it also has the unique touch of Mariana Zapata. I’ll be posting my review to this one soon, but take my word for it, if you want hilarious teasing banter, great sick scenes, and an epic slow burn… this is the book for you.
Captain by Lauren Rowe
This book is quite a bit more steamy than The Hating Game, but still has a bit of that enemies-to-lovers vibe. Though, it’s actually more like lust-to-enemies-to-lovers vibe. Anyway, Lauren Rowe knows how to sell you on attraction between two characters for sure! And the banter is on point.
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
There is going to be a lot of Mariana Zapata on this list simply because she is the queen of slow burn romances. I’ve seen this book recommended several times to fans of The Hating Game, and it’s not hard to see why. Though the relationship between the two main characters isn’t full-on hate, there is definitely some animosity there.
Kulti by Mariana Zapata
Kulti definitely has some Joshua vibes. This is a great book for those who have a double hangover after reading The Hating Game and The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. If you never read a sports romance, Mariana Zapata is a great introduction to them!
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
If it’s a workplace romance that you are looking for, Attachments is a unique and absolutely adorable one! Lincoln is no Joshua, he’s actually extremely sweet and adorable instead of prickly and hot, but you’ll love him just the same!
Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren
If you want the workplace romance and enemies-to-lovers, this book is for you. Particularly if you are all about badass professional women!
If you want to relive the greatness of The Hating Game in a blog post, then check out my Favorite Quotes post where I share all of the quotes I love from the book!