Top Ten Tuesday {4}

Posted November 1, 2011 by Asheley in Uncategorized / 13 Comments

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What a great topic this week for Top Ten Tuesday!
This Week’s Topic:


Ten Books
That Made Me Feel 

Some Pretty STRONG Emotions

I’m such a melodramatic person in real life, so it stands to reason that I’d get very emotional and melodramatic in my reading. There are tons of books that bring forth big, gigantic, huge emotional responses with me…and not all of those responses are tears. I feel a million things while I’m reading. Here are a few of those things, in no particular order: 

1.  Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

If you know me at all, this is no surprise to you. 
If you don’t, let’s just say this: It took me forever to finish this book 
in anticipation of an emotional ending. 
I sobbed SO HARD at the end of this book
I had to go to the other end of my house so I wouldn’t wake up 
my husband. I loved it so much I don’t even know what to say. It’s THAT incredible. 

2.  Soulless by Gail Carriger
I don’t always laugh out loud while I read, 
but I did over and over while I read this book!  
3. The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma

I started reading this book in public, by a pool where 
my children were swimming. By the second page of the FORWARD, 
I had already SOBBED myself into snotty embarrassment. 
Yep, before Chapter One. 
And yes, the rest of the book is THAT GREAT. 

4. Fire by Kristin Cashore

I didn’t pay attention to the dust jacket. I didn’t 
realize that this was the COMPANION to Graceling
not the sequel. So when I started reading it a mere minute or two
after finishing Graceling and IT DIDN’T WORK, 
I CHUNKED IT ACROSS THE ROOM. No joke. 
After my anger (at myself) subsided a few weeks later, 
I picked it up and LOVED it. Even more than Graceling

5. Paper Towns by John Green

This was one of those books that I hugged
when I finished. It was so profoundly excellent and
I immediately wished that I HADN’T just finished it so I could
have the experience of reading it again for the first time. 
Every time I read John Green’s books, I feel that way. 
His books are REAL LIFE, and those warrant HUGS. 

6. The His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy…
Pure joy, folks, right here. 

7. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta 

This book made me feel blistering heartache, 
but it felt so good. 
This book is such an absolute delight, 
but that beauty comes with pain. 


8. Room by Emma Donoghue

This book made me feel tons of emotions, 
and most of them weren’t all that great. 
I had fear, anger, sadness, disgust…
and a little bit of elation and relief. 
WHATEVER the emotion was, 
it was to the EXTREME. 

9. The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

When I read these books, I had no idea 
that there were books out there that could be this good…
no idea that there were books that I could enjoy so much. 
I’ve read lots of stuff that I deem “better” than these books, 
but at the time, they made me crazy happy. 
So, they make my list today. 

10. We The Animals by Justin Torres
Most recently, like last week, this short book 
BROKE ME. This is such an amazing book, and I 
really want to see more people reading it and talking about it. 
But it is so moving that I can’t quite wrap my head around it yet – 
one of those that will take a long time for me to figure out, if I ever do.
Beauty with pain.  
Asheley

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Asheley is a Southern girl. She loves Carolina blue skies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and NC craft beer. She loves all things history but prefers books over everything.

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13 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday {4}

  1. Twilight … you never know how you should feel about the fact you've read them – and in my case really loved them. After Harry Potter these were the first books to really wake my hunger again. I never finished 4 novels in such a short time.

    Great list 😉

    Anne (from Living in a Fairy World)

  2. Twilight changed my life. Like you, I didn't know that I could feel so strongly towards words on paper about fictitious people. And VAMPIRES, nonetheless. This sparked my insatiable hunger for reading, to find the next book that made me feel like this. Though some have come close, I don't think anything has quite reached that magnitude of completely blind love for me.

  3. I'm afraid of reading Monster of Men now! 🙂 I guess I already was because you've mentioned how difficult it was to read when I talked to you about it before.

    <3 Souless

    I still need to read Fire…especially before Bitterblue comes out *sigh*

  4. I will have to pick up The Reading Promise. I loved Fire and Paper Towns. I was pregnant when I read the Twilight Saga so Breaking Dawn will always be my favorite of those, even though most people don't like that one;) Awesome list!

  5. Me

    I'm glad you said something about Fire. Because I bought Graceling and I totally thought Fire was the sequel. Thanks for that info!

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