Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books That Broke Your Heart a Little (or a lot)
(There be spoilers ahead. Ye are warned.)

1. Gone with the Wind - I've read this over 20 times and every time, I hope the ending has changed and they all live happily ever after. So when I get to the end, and Rhett walks out on Scarlett, my heart breaks all over again. OH and Bonnie Blue Butler... don't even get me started. The book does vary from the movie, so don't judge the book on its movie. In this case, both are AMAZING so  I guess it doesn't really matter. Both are also equally heart-breaking.

2. Love You Forever - I got this from someone right before I had CJ and I sobbed. I cry even more now that I have him. It's a mother's tale of how she will love her son when he's a baby, a teenager, and an adult. Then at the end, the son is holding his elderly mother. I'm getting teary-eyed just thinking about it. Yea, it kind of seems a little creepy when she's sneaky in his bedroom when he's a grown man, but I can't promise I won't do the same exact thing.

3. The Outsiders - I've talked about this on the blog before, but this book is one of my most emotional reads. I've read it maybe 10 times, and there's one part where every single time I get to it, I sob my little heart out. My sister read it in high school fully expecting to cry, and had no reaction whatsoever. I've been feeling lately like I am overdue to read this one, so I might read it again this month. "Stay gold Ponyboy." ::Sobs::

4. The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, Book 3) - This is the final book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. Although there are some heartbreaking scenes in the first two, it is the fate of Kartik that breaks my heart in this one. Again, I sobbed. It's one of the sweetest and saddest love stories I've ever read. This is also due for a re-read.

5. The Velveteen Rabbit - This has been breaking my heart since I was a child. I don't remember the first time I read it, but I'm pretty sure I cried. The story of a toy becoming real and learning that "once you become real, you can't become un-real again" is so sweet. We actually read this at our wedding. I love the skin-horse and his wisdom. "Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real. It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

6. Jane Eyre - One of my favorite love stories, it still breaks my heart for a little while. Even though they do live happily ever after, it is a rough road that leads them there. I just want to jump in the book and hug them all. The mystery in the attic also breaks my heart a little bit. The love Mr. Rochester must have had before that he lost is just really sad.

7. The Secret Garden - My heart breaks because of the way Mary is treated by her parents, then when she loses her parents, and then everything that happens in England. The whole book is just really sad up until the end. And even the happy ending breaks my heart a little bit. The story about the aunt and uncle is so tragic. :( My aunt told me that in another book, Mary marries her cousin and Dickon goes off to war and dies. That makes me even more sad. :(

8, 9, 10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - If you've read the series, these 3 are sort of self-explanatory. If you haven't read them, I don't want to spoil it for you.

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  1. Outsiders - I agree! I didn't really find the Potter books sad... maybe I was emotionally blunted at the time.

  2. Definitely the Harry Potter books. Dobby, Sirius, Fred, Dumbledore.</3

  3. I put the last three HP books on my list, too. :D As for Jane Eyre, it didn't quite break my heart, but it made me mad. I had to read it a few times before I really loved it. :)

    My TTT at KrazyBookLady

  4. This is one of the best lists I've see for this topic. I completely agree with Gone with the Wind, The Secret Garden, and The Outsiders. Excellently done!

  5. Cute list!

    Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight.com

  6. The Harry Potter books are on my list, too. I've known some people who make fun of Love You Forever, but especially since I've had a kiddo, it really gets to me. Nice picks.

  7. Love this list!!! The outsiders was amazing! I've not read it in years.



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