In honor of Valentine’s Day (or maybe in spite of it), the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish give us today’s Top Ten Tuesday. Here’s my Top Ten!
- 11/22/63. Stephen King’s newest novel. The whole thing was absolutely wonderful, but as I mentioned in my review, the end just absolutely devastated me. I won’t spoil it, and I wouldn’t suggest going to wikipedia either because it does tell you what happens but without the emotion. And it would be cheating. So don’t do it. Just read it. And then cry. And then tell me how much you loved the book.
- Ender’s Shadow. This is something of a companion novel to Ender’s Game, written from Bean’s point of view. I haven’t gotten around to reviewing it for my blog since I haven’t read it in a while and am honestly not sure where it is at the moment…but nevertheless, Bean’s story is actually even more wrenching than Ender’s. From his very start as a street urchin in Rotterdam to a shocking discovery by the nun who takes him in, Bean is a tragic figure with a tragic story. Going back to reading Ender’s Game after having read Ender’s Shadow really makes you think about what else is going on outside of Ender’s little bubble.
- Atlas Shrugged. The most heartbreaking part of Atlas Shrugged, to me, was watching how the most talented people in society got the most flak and absolutely no appreciation. It’s always easy for people to feel unappreciated, so it was simple to slip into their shoes and think how absolutely miserable I would be in their position.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Hedwig. Dobby. Fred. Snape. Lupin. Tonks. Need I say more?
- Hunger Games. Rue. Finnick. Prim. Again…need I say more?
- Bag of Bones. This is another one by Stephen King where the end just came out of nowhere and killed me. Or, more accurately, killed a character he made me care about. It’s not fair!
- The Running Man. Yet another Stephen King. But this one was heartbreaking because of the circumstances that lead Ben Richards to become “The Running Man”—extreme poverty, hopelessness, helplessness, sickness. And of course the end is tragic as well…but I’ll let you read it for yourself!
- Brave New World. Another one where the ending was terribly sad. The whole book was, really. The idea that our society could ever be like that just gives me the creeps.
- Catch-22. I don’t actually remember enough of this to really be able to put it on here, but I remember finally getting to the end and going “Oh so THAT’S why he was so nuts.” But of course I don’t remember what that ending actually was, so I’ll have to go back and read it again soon.
- Frankenstein. It’s truly amazing how Shelley gets us to pity the monster, even though it/he kills people. Such talent! And, yeah, also pretty heartbreaking.
How about you? What books have you read that have broken your heart a little?by