This week over at The Broke and the Bookish our Top Ten Tuesday topic is Books that Broke My Heart A Little. A really good and fitting choice for a single on Valentines day! 😛 I have been pretty vocal about books that have made me cry, seeing as they are so few and far between due to my cold cold heart! I will give you all a my ten, and try to keep them to relatively quick synopsis so as to keep some suspense and hopefully they will make your heart ache just like they made mine.
1.The Book Thief by Markus Zusack: On almost everyones list, I can assure you. Granted I listened to it on audiobook, but the story and the narator are amazing. Started crying so hard when driving I had to pull over.
2. The Isis Trilogy by Monica Hughes: All three books really spoke to me in different ways. I read them out of order, book 2, then 1, then 3, which made book one feel almost like a prequel to me. Seeing where the characters came from and how they became the heros and monsters I met later on made it powerful. For insight into why book three made me weep check out the About Tab.
3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: I noticed a lot of people mentioned the whole series, and I can feel that. It is, bar none, one of the best YA titles on the market right now, so I can see how it moved people and did some heart breaking. I loved the whole series, dont get me wrong, but it was Mockingjay (book 3) that reduced me to tears on several occasions.
4. Unwind by Neal Shusterman: An amazing title, a little disturbing and more then a little heart breaking. There are two scenes that I think of particularly that had my heart aching in my chest, but I shall leave them for you to discover.
5. The Giver by Lois Lowry: I had the distinct pleasure of never reading this in school. I knew a lot of people who had to read it for a novel study in class, and I’m glad I never had to. Its a beautiful, sad, touching and well written story, and I dont think my brain could have caught all the nuances hidden inside. The tragedy of intentional ignorance and the death of innocence make for a moving tale.
6. Room by Emma Donoghue: Wow…. just, wow. A life of captivity and adventure, and shelter and abuse and freedom; as told by a five year old.
7. Identical by Ellen Hopkins: The style through be off, but after a reading Hopkins’ book Burnt on a suggestion from a friend, I figured I would give it a try. And I did, and I was confused, and sad. These two tragic characters, and what they had to endure every day, and then to finally get to the end and find out the even more painful truth.
8. The Snow Queens Shadow by Jim C. Hines: This is the last book in Hines’ Princess series, and like the end of any series there is always a lot of heart break and having to say goodbye to characters you’ve grown to love and get to know. This book was worse then the lot! Mostly because I didn’t know until I was over half way through that it was in fact the last in the series. I had anticipated the end of the book, figured I knew how it would end, there would be some tragedy of course, but I would have other books and would eventually come to terms. Nope…. not the case, so by the time I reached the end I was wrecked, knowing that I would never get to adventure with some of the best characters I’d encountered in a while.
9. The Lights Go On Again by Kit Pearson: Another last book. Sorry!! If your going to try reading any of my picks it looks like i’ve thrown you into a pit of reading!! 😀 Set at the end of WWII our main characters finally have the chance to return home to England, to their home. But after 5 years with another family and in another country, what does home really mean?
10. A Perfect Gentle Knight by Kit Pearson: Golly I love her writing. This is a one off though, and its YA so its a quick read. Dont mistake quick for vapid though. Pearson fills this book with one emotional hit after another. Your heart will break as you watch a brave young boy spiral out of control in an attempt to keep his family together.
Sorry for getting this out to you all a little late, I’m going to have to get more on top of this. There has been a lot of training and craziness going on lately, leaving little room for writing and reading. Also only a couple covers this week, cause its 2 am and I’m too tired to look them all up!!
Keep your eyes peeled though, I finally finished Dear Fatty, by Dawn French and am eager to fill you all in. If i dont have it out to you by Friday, feel free to flog me.
❤ Much love