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

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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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years

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 the Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years.

Ohhh, this is such a good topic! There are so many books that I hope stick around and continue to live their imprint on people for a good long time. So, here’s my list:

1. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. I mean, did anyone out there really think that this wouldn’t be top on my list? I know that the first book was published 15 years ago, but I really do think that these books have earned their place in our literary canon and likely will not be going anywhere anytime soon.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I really cannot get over how much I loved this book. And honestly it’s a good book for anyone who knows a friend who is suffering from cancer or any other such terminal illness. Yes, it’s sad at times. Yes, it’s depressing at times. However, the emotions are all so real and I really think help give you a better insight into what someone may be going through. I sincerely hope this book is still being read and shared in thirty years.

3. How the World Makes Love: . . . And What It Taught a Jilted Groom by Franz Wisner. This is a fantastic book that starts out with Franz being left at the altar and ends up taking his pre-paid honeymoon with his brother. it leads him on a trip around the world to learn more about love and life and what it means to be happy. It’s a fantastic read and has some great life lessons for everyone in it.

4. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. To be honest I’m kinda terrified that this future could eventually happen. Maybe not to the same extent but I could see a “capital” running things and the “districts” being forced to obey. I think that this book should still be read as a cautionary tale as much as for it’s literary worth. Maybe if we keep the worst in mind we won’t ever let ourselves reach that point.

5. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. This is another book that needs to stick around to help enlighten future generations of the horros of the Nazis and the Holocaust. I loved everything about this book, even as it was breaking my heart (as all Holocaust books tend to do) and I want to share that experience with everyone and anyone. The further we get from the events of WW2 and the Holocaust the more we need to ensure that our children understand what happened so it’s NEVER, EVER repeated.

6. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. This is my go-to book to re-read whenever I’m feeling down or lost or unsure about how my life is going. Randy Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 was given a terminal diagnosis. This book was his legacy, his life guide to leave behind mostly for his children, but I believe everyone can benefit from this now and in the future. Seriously, READ. THIS. BOOK.

7.  Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Okayl, I’m cheating here as this book was published in 1999 so technically it’s outside of the ten year range. HOWEVER, I cannot stress how important the message in this book is. It’s something everyone needs to read and understand, boys and girls, men and women. Sexual assault is serious and it sadly seems to be happening more frequently. Maybe this can go a ways in helping to prevent the issue, or to encourage girls to speak up and get help.

 

Okay, so this week’s was hard and I really can’t think of any other books that I really, desperately hope will still be read in 2042 (damn that’s crazy). What books do you hope people will still be reading? I’m sure others managed to get to ten so I can’t wait to see what they have to say!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’d Like To See On A Reality Show

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 the Top Ten Authors I’d Like To See On A Reality Show (and which show they’d be on). Ohhh this was a fun topic, although I only managed 5! I hope ya’ll found my choices as entertaining as I did!

1. Maureen Johnson. I’m honestly not sure what show to put Maureen on, but I know it has to be something totally bizarre. Maybe “Big Brother” (is this still even on)? Or “Survivor” She’d absolutely win cause she’d do her best to creep out the other contests and make them give up 🙂 (NOTE I DO NOT THINK MAUREEN IS CREEPY. I think she’s AWESOME).

2. Victoria Schwab. She’d HAVE to be on a baking competition as she’s forgiving given away her homemade cookies to her fan. I’d love to see what else she can whip up in the kitchen, maybe cupcakes?

3. John Green (and his brother Hank, even though he’s not an author). I’d love to see John and Hank Green team up on “The Amazing Race” and we can see  their in person banter as they race to various destinations around the world. It would be hilarious and I’m betting pretty damn informative as well.

4. William Shakespeare. for some reason I just keep picturing him on “America’s Got Talent” (or whatever the british equivalent is) reciting his various monologues. Most specifically the balcony scene from Juliet’s point of view and he’s wearing a hilariously bad wig. You know you want to see that as much as I do.

5. Julia Child. I may be totally cheating on this one but I want to se Julia throw down on “Iron Chef America”. She’d school any Iron Chef they could throw at her and make us all adore her even more in the process.

 

Okay so this was a really tough list for some reason, I mean I only managed to get to 5! But I’d love to see who you’d put on a reality show, so let me know in the comments!


 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books You’d Like To See Made Into A Movie

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 the Top Ten Books You’d Like To See Made Into A Movie. This topic was particularly difficult to come up with all 10, as there are some books I adore and I don’t want them to be made into a movie, it’d ruin the magic for me. It was also difficult as I stuck mostly YA books for the list, with the exception of the final selection and the Honorable Mentions.

Also, there are plenty of books that I left out because I think they’d be far better suited for a minni-series that forced into the time constraint of a standard movie. I’ll list a few of those as Honorable Mentions at the bottom!

1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

I hear this one echoed all over the internet by fans of this series. I think this would be a great movie for teens and would give them another strong female to use as a role-model (something I am always in favor of!). It’s also fun to debate over who should play the main characters.

2. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley.

I would actually love to see this tale of one of my favorite heroines done in animation, as it would allow for better interpretation of the magical scenes. But I’d be happy to have it make it to the big screen in any way possible!

3. Rules by Cynthia Lord.

If this was made into a movie I would be at the theater opening night. The book centers around Catherine and her younger brought who suffers from autism. It’s a heart wrenching, yet heart warming, story that would be fantastic for all audiences.

4. Annexed by Sharon Dogar.

This is the story of the annex where Anne Frank and her family lives as told by Peter Von Pelt, the son of the other family that shared the space. There have been many movies and adaptions of Anne Frank’s diary and I would love to see the adaptation from this different angle.

5. Troubling a Star by Madeline L’Engle.

This is purely selfish as I only want to see this book brought to life as I’ve been long imagining it in my head. I don’t think it would be possible to fully capture the magic and adventure of this story in the constraints of a movie. It’s really rather rather sad.

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry.

I have always said I would love to see this book made into a movie, but at the same time I worry that it would be completely butchered. This would be a true challenge to capture the feelings of the book and convey that to the screen without ruining the magic of the story. With the right screenwriter and director I think it could be done.

7. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.

This book would be perfect as a family summer film; it provides enough action, adventure and mystery to captivate audiences of all ages! I could totally see this one being optioned by Disney, just for the record.

8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

This would be, without a doubt, the biggest tearjerker of the year if it ever managed to be made into a movie. I’d love to see the story of Mia, her family and Adam fly across the screen so that I can share in their joys and sorrows. Of all the books I’ve read in the past few years this is one of only a few that struck a deep, personal chord with me and I’d love to be able to witness it brought to life.

9.  The Heir to the Empire trilogy by Timothy Zahn.

I would have LOVED to see this made in place of the prequel trilogy. The actors were all about the right age (give or take a few years but who doesn’t do that in Hollywood?) and I’ve always felt that Zahn captured the true essence of the characters in this first foray into the EU. Now, I’d rather they pay Lucas to stay far, far away from this movie as the general consensus is that he’d only butcher it (in the same fashion he’s butchered his original trilogy). Instead I can let it live on in my mind as the perfect movie.

10. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman.

I know that this has already been done, but let’s be honest, it was pretty awful. I’d love to see them re-do this and stay as true to the book as possible. And keep the real ending in this time.

Honorable Mentions:

Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marillier – This would make an awesome mini-series, even if they only made the first book.
Novels of Deverry by Katherine Kerr.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
I can’t wait to see what books other blogger’s chose! Too bad Hollywood doesn’t follow our advice, they’d have the next blockbuster on their hands in a heartbeat!

 

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