Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Anti-Valentines Edition

Good Morning and Happy Valentine's Day to all my lovely followers! I hope today is full of lots of huggles and squeeshes and all that mushy-gushy stuff. Those of you who follow me on Twitter will probably know that I will most likely NOT be engaging in the ooey-gooey-ness of the adorable holiday...other than eating chocolate...lots and lots of chocolate. So in the spirit of my anti-Valentines Day I will be participating in Top Ten Tuesday with gusto! Enjoy :)

 Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Broke My Heart a Little

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  I'm excited to participate; after all, I make lists FOR EVERYTHING!  This week's topic focuses on books that are heartbreakers. The ones that have haunted you for years, or still make you cry when  you read them today. I'm only going to show three of the most meaningful...Most books don't make me cry and still have me enjoy them...they just make me want to throw them away and never look at them again...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. 
I could fill this entire post with Harry Potter Books...From Sirius dying in Order of the Phoenix, to Dumbledore in Half-Blood Prince...even Cedric in Goblet of Fire...J.K. Rowling definitely has a way of breaking me to pieces before building me up again...Though perhaps it isn't the best written of the series...Deathly Hallows sure as hell is the most emotional. Honestly I still spend the large part of my reading experience crying. I'm not exaggerating...I cry from the moment Dobby leaves us until the very last page...sure I change it up a bit  from snuffles and gasps during the not-so-emotional scenes to the sobbing that ensues any time one of the Weasley twins says anything...I've been banned from reading it in my sorority house because my sisters all thought that someone in my family died or something...and let's be honest...when Harry ended...it was almost like someone did die. Along with a little part of my soul...lol

Okay, I feel like that last one got a tad creepy...I'll try to keep these ones a little bit better. 

A Child Called It by Dave Peltzer
Literally the most heartbreaking book of all time. If someone can get through it without crying, being morally appalled, or so angry that they would like to go out and become a social worker just to help children like Dave...then that person isn't human. Or more likely is a psychopath. The level of abuse that an innocent child is put through just about tears out your heart and rips it to shreds in front of you. I was so appalled when I read this book that I found myself obsessed with what had really happened. I spent a good few months looking into child-abuse cases and trying to find an organization that I could help support through my volunteer programs. A Child Called It basically changed my life. Though it is sad, it is a definite must read. If you read any book before you become a parent, read this one. 

Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic
Que "My Heart Will Go On" people! This story was one of the first ones I read that involved Historical Fiction, the Titanic, etc...Besides being a truly epic, emotional, and fantastic adventure story, the love story between Maggie and one of the stewards on the Titanic is so heart-felt and that it practically had my 5th grade self melting in her seat...it was so beautiful...hopeful...but then tragic...you all know how few servants, maids, etc. made it out alive...I think this was the very first love story that broke my heart as a girl...and I've been getting it broken ever since. 

So there...Those are three of the most heart-breaking books I've ever read. Read them at your own risk, because your heart will probably be in pieces when you put them down. And on that note, Happy Valentines you guys! Those of you who have honeys have a great, romantic, fabulous time...and for those of you who this is Singles Awareness Day...MAKE GOOD CHOICES AND KEEP IT SAFE!!! There's no need for Valentines Day Babies 9 months from now because someone got a little too tipsy while she was drowning her single sorrows...There's already going to be enough of them because of all the aforementioned ooey-gooeyness of the holiday...so yeah...um...bye..*leaves awkwardly* 


  1. Hi, Andra. I'm with you on the "Most books don't make me cry and still have me enjoy them" side. I tend to avoid them... thanks for the warning on the books above . I actually read A Child Called It--forgot about it when making my list. Heartbreaking for sure!

  2. A Dear America book is an interesting choice for an anti-Valentine novel! I'd forgotten about the brief-lived romance in that one, since most of the series doesn't focus much on romance.

    1. I remember that it was like...the first ever book that made me cry! Loved it though!

  3. Oh my gosh, I completely loved the Titanic Dear America. It was one of my first love stories as well and it still gets me when I re-read it now. A Child Called It was heartbreaking for me as well. And of course Harry Potter made me a mess of tears and snot...not a pretty picture, I'm sure.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

  4. I think I bawled every time someone died in Harry Potter! Deathly Hallows was of course the worse offender. I swear, I think my mother thought I was having a breakdown the first time I ever read Deathly Hallows. Great Choice!

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