Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Heartbreaking Books

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. It's a very anti-Valentine's Day post, which is oh-so-fun.  

1.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins- I'm still upset about the ending. I can't even talk about it.
2.  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold- I remember crying my eyes out reading this book.
3.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger- There were parts of this book that definitely broke my heart.
4.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman- This book is one of the most powerful YA books I've read in a long time.  If you are going to read it, you must have a box of tissues by your side.
5.  The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank- Every year I read this book and every year it is just as moving.
6.  Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler- This definitely has some sad undertones.
7.  Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare- What can I say? This book is the ultimate heartbreaking read.
8.  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell- I STILL want to change the ending of this classic.
9.  Dreamland by Sarah Dessen- This book is also a powerful read that was, at times, a tough pill to swallow.
10.  Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse- Even though this book is written in verse, it's still poignant and left me feeling so sad at times.

Let me know what you think and Happy Valentine's Day,


  1. Mockingjay was sad all around for me. I was talking to one of my friends who has read the first two books and not Mockingjay and she asked me what I thought and the only thing I could come up with that it was really sad and sometimes depressing.

  2. Loved GWTW...and there are several heartbreaking moments in that book. Should have put it on my list... :::walking away muttering:::

  3. Happy Valentine's Day! I remember crying while reading The Lovely Bones, too. It was a story that moved and terrified me! And Romeo & Juliet is another textbook tearjerker, too. I've read and seen the play many times and still get emotional.

  4. I loved almost all of these. Gone with the Wind made my list as well. Twenty Boy Summer and If I stay are also incredible books. Romeo and Juliet was one I considered putting on my list, but it didn't quite make the cut.

    Great list! I'm going to have to check out the ones I haven't read yet.

    My Teaser Tuesday/Top Ten Tuesday post is here

    Happy reading!

    ~Danica Page
    Taking It One Page at a Time

  5. I still have yet to read If I Stay because I know I'm going to be an emotional mess and avoiding picking it up is a matter of self preservation. I still really want to read it, but I always talk myself out of it at the last minute. One of these days I'll stop being a coward and read it:)

  6. Great list! Happy Valentine's Day :) I need to work up the courage to read Mockingjay.

  7. i had no idea twenty boy summer was sad!! :(

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  8. We have some books in common - Twenty Boy Summer, Mockingjay, and Anne Frank all made my list too! I just realized I forgot If I Stay, though! Ah!

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  9. I cried so hard at the ending of Mockingjay. :_( At first, I didn't want to read If I Stay because I thought it was similar to Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. But...I've heard a lot about the book so I'm going to read it. :)


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