Monday, February 13, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (35): Books That Broke My Heart a Little

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For this list, I'm taking it as books in which the story caused feelings of melancholy and tears to be shed, not that I was disappointed. 

Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart a Little
(In no particular order)

1. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Being such a lover of wolves now, I find my reaction towards the end of this novel appropriate even as a child.

2. Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
I just finished this one on Sunday, and I was tearing up at several places (which I won't divulge due to spoilers).

3. Beauty by Bill Wallace
I really must learn not to read books that feature animals as the focal point.  But I can't help it!

4. Wolf at the Door by Barbara Corcoran
Even as an adult, this one still tugged at my heartstrings.

5. Beastly by Alex Flinn
If I'm bawling while watching Disney's Beauty and the Beast (which I did when I saw it in the theater a couple of weeks ago), you can bet your boots I was weepy while reading this updated version.

6. Indio by Sherry Garland
Having to watch the main character go through so much from losing family to being made a servant was enough to break my heart.

7. The Goblin and the Empty Chair by Mem Fox, Leo Dillon, and Diane Dillon
Children's stories are still wonderful but can also be so heart-breaking as well.

8. Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson
Again with the animal stories, I bring the tears upon myself, but it's even more heart-wrenching when you can see what's going on in the story as with this graphic novel.

9. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."  Oh, Sydney!

10. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
For the main character to have endured what she did, you can't help but feel your heart break a little for her.


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