Happy Valentine's Day!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is:
Top Ten (Eight) Books
That Broke Your Heart A Little
I couldn't think of 10 books that left me broken hearted, so here are my 8 picks! If it's not obvious, there are ***SPOILERS AHEAD!*** Don't read the writing if you don't want to know, just enjoy the cover pictures :)
1. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
A full disclaimer, I loved this entire series. I would not change a thing to any of the books, and I am glad how it ended. BUT...it makes this list for two reasons: 1) Prim. I mean, duh. and 2) while I am in full support of Katniss and Peeta making it work in the end ("Real or Not Real" makes my heart melt), I have to admit that a small part of me held hope she would be with Gale. There was such a comfort and family there already that it was...I mean, a minuscule part of my heart died when it was revealed he developed those bombs.
2. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
With the same disclaimer as above, my reason is obvious: Rue. *sob*
3. A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks
I read this book far before it ever became a movie (which also made me cry, because I am a woman.) and I was bawling my eyes out the entire time. It's a happy cry since they have a full love together, but...no! Jamie! Why!
(Fun fact: I was friends with Nicholas Sparks' nephew in high school. He was crap at English class/writing.)
4. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
Even though I was lukewarm on the novel (read my review here!), I can't deny that I was still a bit heartbroken at the end. I get why it ended the way it did, but I loved Kent so much I just wanted him to be her Hero forever.
5. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
I think we all know. If you've read this, you know. If you haven't read it, please do - I can't stand time travel, but this is one of the only exceptions. I wept. It's just...heartbreaking and sweet and so emotional and can I have a Henry?
6. The Amber Spyglass - Phillip Pullman
Similar to Mockingjay, I absolutely loved this series as well. His Dark Materials was probably my first foray into reading books like this, and my 8-year-old heart was hooked. I devoured all three books, I wanted a daemon/Pan of my own, I was so in love with Will Parry (I'm fairly certain he was my first literary crush, actually. Aside from Laurie from Little Women). And I would not change anything from this trilogy. And while I get the ending, I understand and know...oh. I can't even. Just typing this knowing that Will and Lyra have to stay in their own realms and close the window because of Dust...it makes my heart break all over again.
7. Sweet Valley Confidential - Francine Pascal
This is different from all the others because what breaks my heart is the sheer fact this damn book EXISTS. I COULD NOT STAND this book. I was obsessed with Sweet Valley when I was younger: kids, twins, high, university - name it, I read it. I still liken myself to Elizabeth Wakefield to this day, and I wanted a Todd Wilkins with all my 10-year-old heart. So when I heard a new novel was coming out about 10-year-in-the-future, I couldn't wait. I wanted to know who finally got together, what everyone was doing! And then I read it, and I'm fairly certain it just shattered my world. The most bothersome thing to me was that everything that was happening seemed to simply be for shock value. None of the story lines particularly seemed plausible or even likely - I'd get it if characters were seeming to lead to where they end up in Confidential, but I just don't think so. Winston an asshole? Todd having an affair with Jessica? Elizabeth and Jessica not speaking for so long? Steven gay...with Aaron?! Bruce being worthy of Elizabeth?!? I reject this novel on every level, with every fiber of my being. It does not exist in the Sweet Valley realm.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling
We all know why. I sobbed throughout this entire book. I mean, even the earlier ones broke my heart too (Sirius! Dumbledore!), but this one was just...oh. It started with Hedwig and just went downhill from there. Dobby! Fred! ARGHHHH.
What books broke your heart? Leave your link in my comments and I'll come check it out!