Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well. Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB (and leave me a link here too!) on your post!

This week's Prompt is: The Top Ten Five Books I Had VERY Strong Emotions About (cry, laugh, hurl across the room, etc.)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling: Love him, or hate him(you better not hate him or I'll punch you in the face) Harry Potter is probably the single most influential series this century. I did a huge emotional post about Harry and how much he means to me when the final movie came out last summer, but I don't feel like it did him justice. I wish I had been blogging when the final book came out because my feelings and amazement and awe for the Deathly Hallows would have filled pages and pages of a review. Now, I don't think I could ever review any of the books with an open mind. They have meant so much to me over the years that I would give them like...8 stars out of default. I literally grew up with Harry and the gang...(I was 10/11 when the first book came out). Reading the final book was the single most emotional reading experience I've ever had. I still can't get through it without literally sobbing for the last half of the book. Harry, I salute you and your ability to make my tear ducts leak.

Chinese Cinderella:
This is a very difficult and traumatic book for me. It isn't very outrageously abusive, but this poor little girl is so traumatized and affected by her families callous attitude towards her that I couldn't take it. There was one scene when her older brother kills the only thing that has made her horrible life worth living simply because he can...It was the first time I ever cried reading a book. I don't remember what age I was when I read it, but it was young. I don't actually think I was quite ready to deal with the abuse and sadness in this book. Today, even though it is still very sad, I love it because of it's heartbreaking beauty and truth. It is a very powerful book and I definitely recommend it to anyone who can deal with tough issues.

A Child Called It by David Peltzer:
Anyone who can get through this book without crying is a heartless monster who needs to be put down. I think the fact that it is 100% true is the worst part. I come from one of the most loving families in the world so I was completely shocked that things such as the atrocities in this book are actually committed. There was a scene where Dave almost completely gave up hope and he is so desolate and sad that my heart just broke for him. I cried for a good hour when I read some of the hard parts. It always seems like those things could happen in some far away 3rd world country, but you never realize that the family living next door could be as monstrous as the worlds worst terrorists.

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer:
When Edward left Bella, I think I was more heartbroken than she was. I was one of the first readers of Twilight. I was part of the phenomena when all the other girls at my school made fun of me for reading a book about vampires, and I was literally the only one who signed up for a pre-ordered copy of New Moon at my bookstore. I think I was so upset about Edward leaving was because Twilight was so perfect for me. I loved every page and had read it about 30 times by the time New Moon came out...then Edward ruined the love story...I was SO upset and So worried that NM wouldn't be as good. I got no more than 10 pages after Edward left when I had to flip to the back of the book and make sure he came back...but before that I literally threw the book across the room in heartbreak and anger over Edward's "betrayal"...wow I was a dramatic pre-teen...lol

Mississippi Jack by L.A. Meyer:
This series is truly fantastic. However, L.A. Meyer seems to love stabbing you in the heart repeatedly. You watch a couple fall in love, and then due to several series of misunderstandings, be kept apart. You just LONG for Jacky and Jamie to get together, and there are just too many slight missteps on both of their parts that end up almost destroying them. There was one part when Jamie paddled by Jackie in the arms of another...the hurt on their faces and in Jackie's heart had me screaming NO NO NO NO! And I proceeded to throw the book across the room...Oh L.A. Meyer...why must you hurt my heart so much???

So what about you? Is there some book that seriously scarred you? Or left you sobbing on the shower floor (like I'm not embarrassed to admit the death of a certain Weasley twin left me?)? Let me know in this week's Top Ten Tuesday! 


  1. New Moon is also on my list! I was crying so much. I couldn't belive it Edward left here there in the middle of the forest. I was so screwed up. And then the blank pages? Ugh I was crying even more. So yeah I totally get it what you mean :) New Moon was such an experience!

  2. I'm so glad to have found someone else with Chinese Cinderella on their list! This book had me crying my eyes out on several occasions, especially the duck thing! Nice list!

  3. Breaking Dawn was on my list! It choked me up because it was the last in the series! Such a great series finished... bittersweet