Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they have a specific topic for a top ten list. Link up, visit some new blogs and add to your ever growing TBR list. This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books I Had Strong Emotions Over

1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman - I wasn't prepared for this book. I didn't just cry, I bloody well broke down and sobbed. When I finished it, I called my younger brother (who was living in another state at the time) to tell him I love him, but couldn't get any words out because I was still crying so much. He thought someone had died! Thankfully when he finally got it out of me he didn't get mad or think I was crazy (well, he didn't say it at least) but just told me he loved me too.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling - I could fill almost half this list with books 4-7, because let's face it, I cried during every single one of them. Cedric. Sirius. Dumbledore. But Deathly Hallows left me wrecked. I started crying for Hedwig and just couldn't stop. Fred and Snape were the worst. I always had a soft spot for Percy and that scene broke my heart...jeez, just thinking about those two scenes even now is getting me all chocked up!

3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - Much like If I Stay, this one had me bawling like a baby. I had to stop reading and just let myself cry so I could finish it. And then I cried some more.

4. Anything by Nicholas Sparks - Seriously, this guy makes me cry every single time, he'd have a list of his own. I'm going to meet him tomorrow...I'm tempted to run over his toes in revenge for all of the tears!

5. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - I gave up reading this book to begin with because I just couldn't get my head wrapped around it. And then the power went off for 30 hours straight and with nothing else to do I picked it up again and pushed through. I'm so glad I did because I ended up so hooked you couldn't have forced me to stop reading. Surrounded by family I was in my own little world full of sighs, wimpers, and tears.

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - I only read this book in the last year and absolutely adored it. Yes, I cried. But more than that this book made me so, so angry and then so, so hopeful. It's possibly one of the most powerful books I've ever read.

7. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott - This one left me hollowed out. I don't know how to describe it, really. I felt so much anger and disgust that I wanted to scream. Instead after I finished I just sat and stared sightlessly for a while.

8. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - I couldn't stop thinking about this one for ages after I finished reading it. I dreamt about it and I kept considering how it all could have been different if only this or that happened instead. I felt both desolate and hopeful, but also really, really angry at Hannah. I was surprised at how angry I got with her.

9. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult - The one and only Picoult book I have or ever will read. It was a seriously quiet Saturday morning working at the Library and my co-worker made me start reading this one. At first I found it really drawn out and slow, but it wasn't long before I couldn't put it down. I never saw that ending coming. I felt punched in the gut. I hated the movie version so much because they took the cowardly way out.

10. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake - An emotion other than severe depression, finally! Absolute heart-pounding fear!! Seriously, there were a couple of scenes that raised goosebumps, caused my heart to race, and left me frozen, wondering if that noise I heard in the dark was the house...or something else.

What books did you get emotional over?

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