Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.
This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books That Broke Your Heart A Little
1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This book ruined me for all other books for a month. I couldn’t contemplate even attempting to immerse myself in a new novel after having experienced Henry and Clare’s heartbreaking love story.
2. Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
Had I not started this series after all five books were complete and available in stores, the last chapter of this book would have been my undoing.
3. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Shortly after the start of this second book in Gen’s story, he experiences something that is unexpected and tragic. I applaud Turner for taking a chance, yet my heart ached for Gen’s loss.
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I won’t begin to summarize why this book broke my heart, for anyone who is a Green fan is aware of the beautiful agony that this story creates.
5. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
This first book in Frost’s fantastic paranormal series broke new ground in more ways than one, not the least of which was her willingness to end the book on an unconventionally ambiguous note.
6. Aftermath by Ann Aguirre
Throughout the Sirantha Jax series, Aguirre has portrayed a protagonist who has grown exponentially as she has struggled to cope with one tragedy after another. Aguirre accomplishes a rare feat in writing Sirantha’s development, for her progress never comes across as contrived, which makes her struggles all the more heartwrending.
7. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
Tom Mackee’s story is uncomfortable yet poignant as he reluctantly sheds an exterior hardened by five years of uncertainty and loss. Even as we witness Tom’s slow reemergence into the lives of his family and friends, we know that some things might be beyond repair, but that doesn’t prevent us from hoping for a happy resolution.
8. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
I doubt I will ever recover from the shock ending of this novel, though the experience of reading it will remain with me forever.
And perhaps it’s a bit unorthodox, but even though I’ve yet to read the next two books, I’ve no doubt they would be on this list had I read them already, so I’m including them.
9. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
While I’m excited to read this title based on the fabulous reviews I’ve read, I have no doubt that my heart will be aching by book’s end.
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I have been putting off reading this book for too long, though I’m sure my tears will be unbearable.