Top Ten Books That Broke Your Heart A Little

It’s another post from over at The Broke and the Bookish, where they pick a different topic every Tuesday and people blog about it. This week it’s Top Ten Books that Broke my heart a little!

Bag of Bones10. Bag of Bones Oh, Stephen King. Sometimes you’re so hokey and predictable, but when you work you really work. And for some reason in Bag of Bones you work really well. But on this very romantic novel by King, nothing tugs at my heart strings like the death of Mattie. It simply breaks you. I’ve read this book eight times, an it’s like a punch to the gut every time.

Cell by Stephen King9. Cell by Stephen King. God damn it, Stephen! We just covered you! Again, similar circumstance, this time regarding the death of the Alice Maxwell character. King has got killing innocents and
making us care down to a science. And it shows.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Dealing with the autistic main characters confusion and pain can be unbelievably heart-grinding.

Grover Goes to School by Dan Elliott7. Grover Goes to School by Dan Elliott. We’ve been over this. It makes me cry every, single, time. Even as an adult. Like, I can’t read this one to Hannah.

Watership Down by Richard AdamsWatership Down by Richard Adams. I won’t ruin it, but the death scene from the animated version is known as one of the most depressing in animation history. The novel is better because: a) it manages to tug at you even more, and b) Art Garfunkel isn’t singing over it.

Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King5. Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King. GOD DAMN it Stephen! This time it’s a short story (titled Hearts in Atlantis) in this anthology. It tells the story of a young romance ripped apart by time and the turmoil of the sixties. It gets to me every time. Then again, I shouldn’t be surprised. You planned it that way, didn’t you Stephen?

The Color Purple by Alice Walker4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker. It’s no one scene, it’s the total of Celie’s life and the hope that she faces it with. It’s amazing and awe inspiring all at the same time.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel. The twist at the end and the flashback really gets to me. I refuse to spoil it.

The Divine Ryans by Wayne Johnston2. The Divine Ryans by Wayne Johnston. Again, it’s the reveal about the main characters dad at the end. I won’t spoil it, but everyone should read this. It’s incredible.

The Green Mile by Stephen King1. The Green Mile by Stephen King. GOD DAMN IT STEPHEN KING!!!! You get my award for most emotionally manipulative and damaging author ever. What scene? When John Coffey rides the lightning of course. Gets me every time.

Becoming by Matthew LeDrewHonorable Mention: Becoming by Matthew LeDrew. I didn’t add it for the obvious reason of I wrote it, but the character in this book gets to me every time I reference it. It’s a recent book, and the fan mail / reviews I’ve received indicate readers agree. I mourn this character.

Never Look Back
Matthew LeDrew

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