November 1, 2011

Books That Make Me Go "Hmm", "Ahh!!!", or "Waaah"

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme that takes place every Tuesday over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's list is:

Top 10 Books That Evoked Strong Emotions 
(from bawling, to sighing, to book-hurling, to screaming...)

I have to laugh because one book in particular on my list also happens to be on about 90% of the other participants' lists. I bet you can't guess which one???

Totally Wowed, Bowled Over, and Just Giddy Happy
1) Harry Potter and the Totally Awesome Series by J. K. Rowling
I can never say enough about this series. It's just that good, that magical, and that memorable. This could go under the 'lump in my throat' category when it all wrapped up. After more than a decade of sheer awesomeness, it was sad to see it end.

2) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This book was just plain great in every aspect. I'm not sure when I've ever devoured a book this quickly on not just the first read-through, but also any other time I've read it since. 

3) Divergent by Veronica Roth
I credit this book entirely for giving me that final nudge towards attempting to write. It was not only a great read, but it gave me hope that I could maybe write something even a fraction as good. I actually read this book a second time only a month or two after the first time. I don't think I've ever done that before.

4) Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
I've blathered until I'm blue in the face about this book and how much I loved it. If you want to know how much, read this. The End.

Threw the Book At the Wall In a) Disgust, b) Anger, c) Frustration, d) All of the Above
5) New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! This book made nearly everyone's list.)
Think what you want about this series (I actually loved it the first time through--well, minus that last one) but this book is pretty much terrible. Twilight was enjoyable enough, but it's sequel...Gah! If I had to read one more time about the gaping hole in Bella's chest where her heart used to be (*walks over to bookshelf and punches said book*) I would have screamed for sure.

6) Breaking Down...I mean Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Well, looky here! It's a two-fer. Look who made the list twice. Three things: 1) chewing through a uterus, 2) creepy Chucky baby with a god-awful name, and 3) stupid, stupid  'let's just talk about it' ending. That's all I'm going to say about that.

7) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Hate. So much hate. This book became really good friends with my wall after flying at it so many times. I'm pretty sure I have never loathed a book quite this much. End of story.

Full-on Arsenio Hall Fist Pump In the Air Proud
8) The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
I will tell anyone who wants to hear (which is nobody, I'm sure) just how proud I am of myself for plowing through this book. It is decently thick, the font is borderline microscopic, and as is par for the course with Romantic literature, Radcliffe can't seem to reign in the 'I love nature so much I want to write about it for 100 pages straight'. The level of swooning is pretty much off the charts too, but I have to say that I actually enjoyed it when all was said and done.

I Can Barely Speak Past the Lump In My Throat/the Pain In My Gut
9) Night by Elie Wiesel
Anything having to do with the Holocaust will almost certainly have this effect on me. This book in particular struck me because I've been to Auschwitz in Poland and stood in some of the very places Wiesel spoke of. Anybody who lives through such an atrocity and can actually tell their story without hatred is nothing short of amazing.

Just Can't Stop Thinking About It Long After Reading It
10) Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
This book deals with the aftermath and the years leading up to a school shooting. A very powerful story, and one that I would recommend to parents, teachers, and anyone who wants to try to understand (even a little bit) how something like this could happen.

I'm sure there are a ton more that I could add to this list (especially in the 'Made Me Laugh 'Til I Cried' category), but it is only supposed to be ten books. How about you? Any books that really stand out in your mind as reads that evoked a strong reaction?


  1. I felt the exact same way about New Moon...ughhhh!

  2. Jodi Picoult is an amazing author, though I've yet to read Nineteen Minutes. I cried reading My Sister's Keeper.

    And I totally agree with you on New Moon and Breaking Dawn. New Moon for me felt veeery much like a filler book, and when I finished Breaking Dawn I couldn't help but think "Okay, what just happened? Did I really just read what I think I read?" I still like re-reading Twilight, though.

  3. I think lots of people felt/feel this way about New Moon. To be perfectly honest, I don't hate Twilight despite how it may seem. I even own all the movies on blu-ray. I just really have a lot of beefs with this series as a whole, particularly the ones mentioned in this post :)

  4. Jaime, we have such similar taste! I've read every book on your list but HEART OF DARKNESS (which I'll obviously be skipping now!) and I've had the same sort of reactions to all of them. This is a fantastic list!

  5. Katy: That's pretty cool :) I kind of thought that some of the choices were a bit of a mishmash (ie. Night on the same list as New Moon) but it's good to know that my reading tastes aren't as weird as I thought!


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