01 November 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Had Very Strong Emotions Over

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week focuses on a different topic and you make a top ten list from it! This week: Top Ten Books I Had Very Strong Emotions Over

1. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
This book freaked me the heck out. I got it from work, read it, and returned it right away the next day to get it out of my house. I still can't put together any thoughts on it. The weird part? I loved it. It was an amazing book, but I am never reading it again.

2. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
One of my favorite books of all time. I've probably read it at least four times now. Such a tragic story and I was balling at the end of my first reading. I still get emotional when I read it.

3. Fracture by Megan Miranda
I actually just reviewed this yesterday so it's fresh in my mind. You can read it here if interested. It really got my emotions stirring and I felt so protective of Delaney throughout the book. Man, did some of those characters frustrate me.

4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I hate this book and I don't know why. Maybe it did something horrible to me as a child and I blocked it from my memory. I want nothing to do with it or its movies and mini-series'. I really wish I could explain it, but I can't. And yes, I have read it.

5. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
I love this book. I love this book so much I would marry it if it was legal. It makes me laugh every time I read it, even though I know what's coming. Howl is one of my all-time favorite fictional characters and he is my literary boyfriend, you can't have him.

6. Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
I suffered from intense depression in high school. It is the only book I have ever highlighted and written in the margins (all of my books have to look brand-new). I think I liked it so much because for the first time I was able to see I wasn't the only one suffering. I still have it. Part of me wonders if I would read it the same way now.

7. Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill
No spoilers, but I was pissed at the ending. I have never been made so angry by a book as much as I was with this one. I vented about it for days to co-workers and friends who could care less. Luckily the next one in the series comes out today, but I may wait. Just thinking about it gets me upset again.

8. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
It made me cry like a baby. 'Nuff said.

9. The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
This is a picture book. Yes, a picture book. I actually recommend it more for adults than children. It is about a girl who loses her grandfather at a young age and in order to protect her heart from future pain, she places her heart in a bottle. So sad. So sweet. So amazing.

10. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
I'm so sorry for any Twilight fans, but this books sucked. I got to the part with the pregnancy and put the book down. I was like "really??" That's where you're going with this? Then I picked it back up because I paid money for it. Plus there's all this build-up to a lackluster ending where nothing happens but talking. This book broke me out of my "Twilight spell." I thought to myself "what have I been reading?"


  1. Bridge to Terabithia was the first book I thought of for my list I sobbed at the end. I also have Jane Eyre on my list but loved it and to this day have reread it several times so epically sad but very romantic.

  2. Breaking Dawn was definitely a little over-the-top. I'm glad I read it before all the movie hype, and before I found Goodreads - I wasn't biased and even though it had me frustrated, I still flew through it and managed to enjoy it. I'm scared to re-read any of the series because I know that it won't be the same now that I'm a little older and a little harsher with my reviews.

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  3. @Jan: People love Jane Eyre so much. My roommate is included in that. I have never met anyone else who doesn't like the book. :)

    @Kelly: After leaving it for a few days, I picked it back up and flew through it, as well. But I got no enjoyment out of it unfortunately. Putting all of that into a movie is going to be outrageous.

  4. i just discovered oliver jeffers and have yet to read the heart in the bottle. adding to list now. and i agree about breaking dawn. not good.

  5. I've read Bridge to Terabithia a few times now, and every time I read it, I cry just as hard as the last time!

  6. We must be really alike. A lot of the experiences you wrote about these books, really ring a bell. Like with "Prozac Nation", mine was called "It's Kind of a Funny Story" by Ned Vizzini. I'm not sure if I'd like the book so much now if I was reading it for the first time, but I loved that book because it helped me through a tough time. And I was the same way with Breaking Dawn. Before that book, I was a huge Twilight fan. The moment I finished the book, I set it down and basically thought about the series and said, "Now that I think about it, those books really weren't good". True story. It's nice to know my experiences aren't so out there.

  7. @fishgirl182 I LOVE OLIVER JEFFERS. That is all.

    @Megan It is a book that can get me every time and it seems I'm not the only one.

    @Emma B. That's awesome. You need to stop trying to be me. ;) SO glad I'm not the only one who felt the same about Breaking Dawn. I felt so alone until now.


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