Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Top Ten Tuesdays: Feeling Emotional?

A feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This weeks topic:  Top Ten Books I Had VERY Strong Emotions About (cry, laugh, hurl across the room, etc.)
  1.  Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - I could. not. stop. laughing as I read this book! It made me smile and giggle unlike any book ever has. Close family and friends frequently commented on my giddy response to this one! :)
  2. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger  - I was enjoyed this book soooo much...to start. Unfortunately towards the end, it took a turn for the worse. I was so annoyed! It made me feel like I had invested a lot of time in a pointless and worthless book!
  3. 1984 by George Orwell - This book sends shivers down my spine. The scariest aspect is that it could ACTUALLY HAPPEN! I find that notion down right terrifying! 
  4. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher - After I finished this novel, I did something I rarely ever do. I cried. I can't pinpoint exactly what triggered my response, but it was overly emotional, and really made me reflect over what I had read.
  5. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood - This was my first adult intro into the world of dystopia. I was completely blown away, not only by the concept, but by Atwood's writing as well. I have been a HUGH fan of her ever since! :)
  6. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - I read this book during nursing school, throughout my OB rotation, to be specific. I was learning about delivering babies and such, all the while reading this fantastic homage to women. This book made me proud to be a woman, and alllmost made me want to specialize in OB nursing.
  7. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - I read this book around the age of 16. At that time, I felt that this book had some very graphic sections. There were times that I would look up from reading as if to see if the people around could actually believe what I was reading! Of course, I wouldn't feel the same today, but at the time, I was quite shocked!
  8. The Shining by Stephen King - This was the first book that really creeped me out. It got to the point that I would keep all the lights on at night! A couple of times, I would stop reading and look over my shoulder to see if some sinister force was behind me! Eventually, I had to stop reading this before I went to bed, or I wouldn't sleep!
  9. Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks - I read this for a religion class in college. If you haven't read this book, you should immediately do so! It inspired me to write an award winning paper on feminism in the Muslim culture! 
  10.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling - I owe a lot to Ms. Rowling. When this book came out, I was periodically reading here and there, but not near as much as I did growing up. For a while I resisted this book/series, and finally gave in with the release of the first movie. It looked really good, and I wanted to read the book ahead of time. I. was. hooked. The book was amazing. It reminded me of all the things I loved about reading, and after I polished off the first four books (at the time, that was all that was published of the series), I started reading again feverishly. I haven't stopped since!  

 So, what books did you have a strong reaction to?


  1. Great list! I read The Lovely Bones was so good.

  2. Ditto "13 Reasons Why". Oh, my heart broke during that book.

  3. I've been curious about 13 Reasons, but am afraid to read it. I know some people who've taken their lives and I just think it might be too much...

  4. One book that made me cry a lot was Ballads of Suburbia which I pretty much cried through half the book.