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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Top Ten books that caused STRONG emotions in me

Hosted by the gals over at The Broke and Bookish
This week's topic: Books that have caused STRONG emotions in me:

1. Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver---I wanted to hurl the book across the room several times as I read it.  The "colonialism" attitude toward Africans made me so angry at the father in the story.
2. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams---Not sure when I have laughed harder or longer over a book.
3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov---The subject matter made me want to cringe but the story was so exquisitely written.
4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury---Burn books? A world without books!? Wait, isn't that happening now?
5. Nothing by Janne Teller---What happens to the children, when they try to prove that life has meaning, is DISGUSTING!
6. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery---I don't know what to call the emotion that this book evoked but it seemed to transport me to another plane, one where ART is safe and beautiful and life-changing.
7.  Stolen by Lucy Christopher---This book really played with my emotions.  Was I a victim of Stockholm Syndrome when I started identifying with the abductor?
8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett---This book was eye-opening and it caused my emotions to be all over the board.
9.  A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess---I was so disturbed by this book and all of the senseless violence that I couldn't finish it.
10. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach---I read this book with near morbid curiosity.  My poor husband, who did not feel that same sense of curiosity, had to suffer through my reading many sections aloud to him.


  1. I didn't do this list, but I like ones that you have included. I will go right now and add Elegaance of the Hedgehog, Stolen and Nothing to my list

  2. Nice list! I snorted whatever drink I had while reading Hitchhiker's. There ought to be a cautionary warning on the book :D

  3. I need to read some of these! I hate that overwhelming-there's-so-many-books-I-need-to-read-right-now feeling.

  4. I love your #6, especially the description. I think I felt a similar sense of ambivalence with Lolita as well.

    Come visit me at The Scarlet Letter.

  5. Your comment about The Poisonwood Bible is exactly why I can't bring myself to read it. Please tell me it's not pro-missionaries...?

    I've had The Elegance f the Hedgehog on my shelf for a few years now - your description makes me want to pick it up like NOW!

  6. While I didn't really enjoy Fahrenheit 451 all that much, I do agree that it's a great book just because of the social issues it tackles.

    I have so many of the books you have on your list on my TBR. Someday, I'll get to them ... hopefully.

  7. I loved The Poisonwood Bible. It made me angry, but it was so well written. I need to go back and re-read it.

    The Help was a difficult read at several points. It was also occasionally hilarious. I still need to see the movie.

    I love, love, love Mary Roach. You can't help but read her stuff out loud. I also love looking like a crazy person by giggling out loud while reading her books in public places. I recommend her books to everyone who has a macabre sense of humor.

  8. Ooh, lots of good emotion evoking books! A Clockwork Orange was a very disturbing book and I really struggled to get through Lolita.

  9. I have never been able to bring myself to read A Clockwork Orange. Couldn't handle Lolita either, though people keep telling me to go back. :)

    Great list!


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