Top Ten Tuesday (2)

November 2, 2011

I am participating in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Each week, there is a specific topic for a top ten list.

This weeks topic is:
Top ten books, I had VERY strong emotions about (cry, laugh, hurl across the room, etc.)

I think I am going to have to make this a top five, because I am struggling with books that I had strong emotions for. There are many that I love, but not so many that can bring out strong emotions in me. I used to never cry or laugh whilst reading a book, but recently, there have been a select few which have caused such reactions from me:

1. Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

This one came to my mind first. And for an appropriate reason - I cries my eyes out at the ending of this book. Utterly heartbreaking, and I was just so upset!
Initially, I was in a bit of a shock. I couldn't really believe what had happened. I was a bit numb. I ended up re-reading the last few pages over, and over, and over again. After the second re-read I was in tears. Then I just kept going over it, because I was still shocked and wishing that what had happened didn't.

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I cried my little heart out for this one, as well. Another heart wrenching ending to an amazing book. Although this book, as well as Naughts & Crosses made me cry so much, and the endings were so depressing, I loved them. The book is incredible, and the ending brought out such a strong emotional reaction, enforcing my love for it all the more.

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

My emotions within this book were slightly different. I did cry towards the end, but I wasn't as upset - I didn't have a strong connection to particular characters which caused the upset. I was more emotionally attached to Tris. In my review, I mention how I felt so in tune with Tris' emotions - I felt what she felt as I read the book, whether it be butterflies in my stomach, upset or distraught etc. I also had plenty of laughs whilst reading witty comments by some of the supporting characters.

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins

I get so completely drawn into the story and the world, that when I finished each book, I was stunned and I didn't know what to do. I had such strong emotional connections with everyone involved and I felt like I was there with Katniss in the arena, experiencing everything alongside her. This was a little different to Divergent where I felt as if I were the protagonist. I was inside Katniss's head, but at the same time I felt like I was accompanying her.

5. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

As the end of an amazing series, I was a bit emotional when the end came around. I loved Rose's adventures and I will certainly miss her stories.
I also got fairly emotional, by this I mean extremely giddy, when the romantic scenes popped up. I found myself blushing, with butterflies in my stomach.

How about you? What books make you really emotional?


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