Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart
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First of all, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, my loves!! I hope you all have V-Days that are filled with love and chocolates and warm-fuzzies, etc., etc. You deserve them! *big hugs* xoxo
Now, onto the list! I think maybe this list is more like “the top ten books that MOSTLY broke my heart and then put it back together again MAYBE/HOPEFULLY.” When I think of my heart being broken I either think of unhappy endings, which are so hard for me, or people dying, which is always sad and heartbreaking and usually leads to/is an unhappy ending. But that doesn’t mean that heartbreaking books aren’t also some of the best books I’ve read, and the books that stay with me the longest after I’m done reading them, because oftentimes, that’s EXACTLY what they are. So, here we go. Note for spoilerphobes: There will probably be a couple of series books on here, so keep an eye out if you don’t fancy being spoiled!
If I Stay: If I Stay, #1, by Gayle Forman. This book gave me the ugly sobs. Between that scene with Mia and her grandfather, witnessing Adam’s obvious distress and sadness over Mia’s life hanging by a thread, and TEDDY, my heart was shattered to teeny, tiny bits. (Seriously. TEDDY. He wore footie pajamas. I…just…can’t.)
The Iron Queen: The Iron Fey, #3, by Julie Kagawa. Ash and Meghan are one of my favorite couples because their relationship is not easy or simple. There’s so much at stake with them being together, and it all comes to a head in book three of Julie Kagawa’s STELLAR Iron Fey series. The ending of this book gave me ALL THE FEELINGS.
The Probability of Miracles, by Wendy Wunder. *Sigh* This book was so beautiful and amazing and, yes, heartbreaking. But it was one of those books that slowly broke my heart, then slowly fixed it up again. This one HURT SO GOOD.
The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games, #1, by Suzanne Collins. It was a toss-up between this book and MOCKINGJAY, but I decided to go with the first book because the heartbreak was so SHOCKING. As in, I wasn’t expecting terrible things to happen, and by the time MOCKINGJAY came around, I figured the sads were lurking. But this whole series…man.
A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, #3, by George R.R. Martin. If I’m being honest, there’s a heartbreaking something or other or two in each of these books, but THIS one…whew. Two words: Red. Wedding. I will discuss no further. Because I can’t even.
The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. So, THIS BOOK. I’m pretty certain that, for the LONGEST time, THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE was Amy’s All-Time Ugly Sob Champion of the World. No lie. It cracked my heart little by little until the end came and all the cracks splintered out of control my heart exploded. Naturally, I LOVED IT.
Dragonfly in Amber: Outlander, #2, by Diana Gabaldon. Guys, I LOVE the Outlander series. It’s one of my favorites. Drama, history, scandal, sexytimes, tremendous characters. It’s sprawling and epic. LOVE epic stuff! But there are arcs within the series, and the first one (IMO the best one so far) comes to a head in DRAGONFLY IN AMBER. IT IS MADE OF SADS.
Delirium: Delirium, #1, by Lauren Oliver. The ending of this one is horrible. It was shocking and devastating and it made me so sad. I’m super nervous to read PANDEMONIUM, the second book in this series, when it comes out in two weeks. But the end of DELIRIUM is heartbreaking for sure. *sniff sniff*
The Summer I Turned Pretty: Summer, #1, by Jenny Han. This whole series is so emo and broody and AMAZING, and definitely falls into the “these books broke my heart and then taped the pieces back together again” category. I could have put any one of the three books on this list, but I went with the first one because it has the added sad of a sick mom, Susannah. Seriously though, these books hurt so good.
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. HOLY CRAP. It’s possible that this book took over the Amy’s All-Time Ugly Sob Champion of the World title from THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE. My already-abused heart (I was reading lots of sad books at the time) was crushed for Conor. CRUSHED. I’m giving him hugs in my mind RIGHT NOW, that’s how much he broke me and made me love him. This is one of the best sad books EVER IN THE WORLD.