Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday Rewind – Ten Books That Broke My Heart A Little!

05 Jun

It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Tuesday Top Ten! This week’s topic is a Top Ten Tuesday Rewind! So, since I never got to do it I picked “Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart A Little” (originally done on Feburary 14, 2012).

I may need tissues for this list, as the books that break my heart a little usually tend to turn me into a weepy mess. Here we go!

1. The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman. This book has me in tears at multiple points every single time I read it. You’d think it would get easier upon multipel readings, but nope no such luck. if anything it breaks my heart a little more each time.

2. If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman. These books are so beautifully written and capture the emotions of Adam and Mia more perfectly than anything else I’ve seen. There were times in both books where I simply wanted to shake both of them and try to talk some sense into them, even though I know they wouldn’t have listened.

3. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I knew how this book was gonna end, but I kept reading anyway. I think that’s what hurt the most in reading it is that Claire knew too, yet she still opened her heart to this man. Yet, I think that’s what love is, we get involved even when we know we’ll be hurt, it’s worth it to feel that rush for as long as you can.

4. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.This book is incredible and inspiring. I won’t give away the moment where it makes me dissolve into a teary mess, but it hurts. It’s worth it though.

5. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank. This one is pretty self-explanatory I think. I can’t read any book about the Holocaust (and believe me I read quite a few) without weeping uncontrollably. I’ve pretty much learned to expect it and prepare with a box of kleenex at my side at all times when reading.

6. Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I know after reading the first book in the series that my heart was gonna break as I went on and it did. It hurt to watch Katniss make the choices that she did, it hurt to watch Peeta stand silently by as she made them, it hurt to watch characters I’d grown to love fade from the pages in death. And it hurt to know that all of it was necessary to achieve the freedom that they so desperately needed.

7. I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. That song, the one that the mother sings to her son every night, it breaks my heart. I love this book and even though it’s a kids picture book I still get tears in my eyes when reading it as an adult.,

8. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I know, I know. I actually strongly dislike Nicholas Sparks, but this book resonated with me long before I saw the movie. And as I got older it hurts me even more to read it because I mourn the loss of my first love and know that we will never have the reunion and the life-long love that Allie and Noah had. Even though many times when I was younger I wished that would be different.

9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling. This book had me in tears almost from the very beginning. So many people died and I had become so attached to all of that, that each new death was another tiny pinprick in my heart. And Fred. Fred. He’s my favorite (no surprise there, right?) and I could barely stand it.

10,  Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin. I reviewed this book back when I first read it and I could barely write the review I was so emotional when I finished it. This is the only book on this list that’s a true stray as as a result it hurt more than any fiction book ever could. I’m not a parent yet, but I do think I can understand a bit of Matt’s grief and I can only hope I’ll never have to experience it for myself.

I can’t wait to see what other rewind topics people picked! The rewind topics are always the most fun because everyone’s list is totally and completely different!

Also, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what books broke your heart, maybe it will give me something to add to my summer reading list!


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33 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday Rewind – Ten Books That Broke My Heart A Little!

  1. Tabitha @ Tabitha's Book Blog

    6 June, 2012 at 10:24 am

    The Deathly Hallows, I’ve read it twice and each time I cried. And I know what you mean about Fred he was my favorite too. 😛

  2. neabarabea

    6 June, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Mockingjay broke my heart so hard. I still remember the feeling of numbness. I couldn’t believe it was actually happening. It was tragic. Awesome list!! 🙂 🙂

  3. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)N

    5 June, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Great choices. I followed Matt’s blog during the heartbreak and want to read his book.

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Oh his book is incredible, it’s heartbreaking but so inspiring at the same time. Then again you’re probably aware of that if you followed his blog!

  4. Christina

    5 June, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Oh how I loved, Loved, LOVED If I Stay/Where She Went. I sobbed for hours after I read If I Stay. It heart my heart so good.

    I hope you have a great BEA-filled week!

    ~Christina (and the other Book Hookup Litbrarians)
    The Book Hookup’s Best of 2012

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      It seems that Gayle Forman’s books are quite the popular choice for this topic! Everyone seems to be in agreement with me!

  5. Grad Student

    5 June, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    OH MAN I WONT GO NEAR The Last Lecture. I might not ever recover. And Since you commented about the wonderfulness Augustus Waters over at my blog (thanks for visiting!) I can’t believe The Fault in Our Stars isn’t on this list. is it because it broke your heart A LOT, not a little, like it did mine? 🙂

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      YES! It was a tiny break, it was a great big break.

      But seriously, The Last Lecture is beautiful and definitely worth the read. It’s also available as a free video download on iTunes.

  6. Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

    5 June, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Great topic. I turn into a complete blubbering mess EVERY time I read Diary of Anne Frank.

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      If someone doesn’t turn into a big, blubbering mess when they read Anne Frank I’m immediately wary of them. I think it’s the expected reaction, honestly.

  7. Britta

    5 June, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I feel the same way about Catching Fire and Mockingjay. It was so real, and gut-wrenching, you couldn’t help but break right along side Katniss. By the end of Mockingjay, I was done! 🙂

    ❤ Britta

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Me too! I was an emotional mess at the end. Pretty sure I had to go eat some ice cream and have a good cry.

  8. Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

    5 June, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I also cried my eyes out when I read the Time Traveler’s Wife and the 7th Harry Potter! They were both very moving! Great answers this week 🙂

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      Man, I did not know what I was getting into when I read “The Time Travelers Wife” and I absolutely lost it by the time I got to the end.

  9. Jae

    5 June, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I’ve only read 2 of those you listed. The Last Lecture is definitely going to be read soon. I’ve heard it’s amazing and can’t wait to read it!

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      It is absolutely incredible! It’s also available as a video podcast on iTunes, and that’s just as moving as well.

  10. Tanya Patrice

    5 June, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I read 3, 4 & 8 – they were all so sad – The Time Traveler’s Wife especially in the end *tear*

  11. Tracy

    5 June, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Two books in my school library stand out: The Mailbox by Audrey Shafer and Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vande Velde.

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      I haven’t read either of them! I’ll definitely have to look them up!

  12. Sam (Tiny Library)

    5 June, 2012 at 10:22 am

    The Amber Spyglass! I’ve read the series twice now and both times that book broke my heart…

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      His Dark Materials is one of my favorite series ever! There are multiple parts in “The Amber Spyglass” that break my heart into itty bitty pieces.

  13. Erin

    5 June, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I can not contain my love for Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and Where She Went… heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. I loved Mia and Adam so much and their story was beautiful, gut-wrenching, but beautiful.

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Yes! So, you totally understand my love for those books as well! Adam is on of my literary crushes.

  14. Amanda

    5 June, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I’ve only read about half of your list!!! I need to get to them. I definitely agree with Gayle Forman. Those books!

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 9:25 am

      I loved the Gayle Forman books soooo much. Even if I do end up in tears every time I read them!

  15. Lauren@The Housework Can Wait

    5 June, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Every book that I’ve read on here, I agree with. The others, I guess I need to read, but now I’m scared to! I never know if I want to read a book that’s going to break my heart or not. Sometimes I’m glad I did, other times I kind of want to throttle myself, “WHY DID YOU READ THAT?” I still really want to read the Gayle Forman books.

    I’d add The Book Thief and Before I Fall to that list, too!

    Ugh, now I feel kind of sad. I need to hunt down someone who did a “Top 10 Books that make me Happy” list to compensate.

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      The ones you haven’t read, I’d say are probably worth a read. HOWEVER “Two Kisses for Maddy” is one that needs a mental preparation especially since you’re a parent. It’s gonna hurt a lot to read, but it was so moving.

      I ran out of room otherwise “The Book Thief” would be on my list for sure! I adored that book so much.

  16. Heather

    5 June, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I actually cried a few times while reading The Deathly Hallows. Haha! I’m such an empath.

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Me too! Pretty much anytime someone dies I cried. I’m still heartbroken over Fred and it’s been five years since my original read!!

  17. Priya

    5 June, 2012 at 7:50 am

    The Time Traveller’s Wife turned out to be completely different from what I was expecting; I didn’t love it completely, but it was definitely heartbreaking. As for killing Fred, I just can’t believe she did that; Fred and George are my favourite, and Fred a little more than George! Another book I read which broke my heart was The Book Thief and recently, Stephen King’s 11.22.63 …

    • Breaking the Binding

      5 June, 2012 at 8:15 am

      I’m a fan of anyone who lists the twins as their favorite HP characters! Fred is totally my favorite as well, good to know I’ve got friends who agree!

  18. tinalinatime

    5 June, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Yes, Peeta’s storyline in Mockingjay made my heart hurt so much!

  19. tinalinatime

    5 June, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Yes MOck


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