Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart a Little

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Hedwig. Dobby. Fred. Snape. Lupin. Tonks. Need I say more?
  5. Hunger Games. Rue. Finnick. Prim. Again…need I say more?
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?

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14 thoughts on “Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart a Little

    • It’s really good. Not “typical” Stephen King as many probably think of him–it’s not blood and gore and ghosts. It’s actually a really interesting piece of historical fiction.

    • Maybe not broken in the romantic sense, usually–but there are such strong emotions present in most of his novels. He really knows how to make you care for his characters.

  1. The end of The Stand made me a little sad—-not that I’d want it to change. We have these characters we came to love throughout the course of the book, and, at the end of the book, they were being replaced in the very area where they were founding fathers and mothers. Glen Bateman dies. New people take leadership. But I guess the lesson is that life goes on and that life is changing.

    • I think the death that hit me the hardest in The Stand was Nick Andros. Loved him. But I agree that the lesson to take from the end, sad as it is, is that life does go on. That’s also demonstrated by Stu and Frannie leaving the Free Zone to go back to Maine.

    • Bag of Bones was pretty good. I haven’t seen the movie but I’ve read the book a few times. Pierce Brosnan doesn’t really seem like the best choice for Mike Noonan, at least for me–definitely thought of him as a little homlier than James Bond!! The book is truly haunting, though.

    • I’ve only read The Gunslinger so far from the Dark Tower series and I wasn’t overly impressed. I hope it gets better! I feel like I can’t truly call myself a fan if I haven’t read that series, even though I’ve read a ton of his other books!

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