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Monday, February 13, 2012

Top Ten Books that Broke my Heart (at least a little)

The Broke and Bookish
Ten books that broke my heart, at least a little:

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.... I promise no spoilers but suffice it to say that it was a several hanky book and I adored the relationship between Augustus and Hazel Grace.
  • Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler... the title gives away the book's ending. For anyone who has ever dated a rat, or had a broken heart you will be able to relate to this book.
  • Where the Red Fern Grows... I know they were dogs but my heart broke for Little Anne when Old Dan died.
  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray.. .for all the silliness in this book, there are some tender moments toward the end that nearly broke my heart.
  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling... there were so many sad, heart breaking moments in this book
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein... Enzo.  Need I say more?
  • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCall... When I fall in love with a character and that character dies, it breaks my heart.
  • The Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green... a lonely girl, neglectful parents, a handsome prisoner... all part of the recipe for a massive heart breaker.
  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson... young love, so poignant and raw.
  • A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter... I don't think this book was intended to be a heart breaker but the death of the woman's spouse just pierced my heart when I read it as a child.
  • Mudbound by Hilary Jordan... a family falling apart and the horrors and repercussions of racism nearly broke my heart.
  • Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes... bad things happening to good people. It just isn't fair.
I could go on and on but I will stop. What books have broken you heat, at least a little?

9 comments:

  1. I thought Summer of My German Soldier was a little heart-breaking the first time I read it, but the more I reread it, the more flawed I thought the book was. And I realized that Patty knew Anton for an awkwardly short time!

    I'm seeing Harry Potter on everyone's lists!

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    1. I've only read the book once and it was just last year, but I know what you mean. I think the girl was vulnerable to making really bad decisions because of how neglectful her parents were.

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  2. Awesome list! I'll agree with all the ones on your list that I've read. Now I need to read "Why We Broke Up", I hear such good things about it

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  3. Where the Red Fern Grows- waterworks over Old Dan and Little Ann. What a beautiful read. The Fault in Our Stars in made my top ten this week- Augustus and Hazel are phenomenal characters.

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  4. I cried like a baby when I read Deathly Hallows. :(

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  5. Oh, Where the Red Fern Grows. I get a little misty-eyed just thinking about it. Why We Broke Up is on my TBR list. I'll be prepared with tissues.

    Here's my TTT for this week.

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  6. Nice list, Anne! You have quite a few here that I haven't read yet, but I love a good fictional cry, so I will have to look for some of these!

    Sue

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  7. Following. Ah, Enzo. What a delicious name.

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