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19 April 2012 @ 07:27 pm
100 Things Challenge #3  
I try not to read books that I know are going to make me cry/emotional because I am a giant wuss. I'm not a lover of angst, so this list was actually kind of hard to think up but I thought up ten books that have either made me cry like a giant bitch or have made me emotional. Plus a little snippet of said book. Should be fairly spoiler free but read the snippets at your own risk.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.”

*I read this book when I was sixteen, so over ten years ago, and it had such a huge impact on my life, I know that a lot of people feel this way about the book but if you read it you would understand, it's just, to me indescribable.

As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway
“I know absolutely nothing about where I'm going. I'm fine with that. I'm happy about it. Before, I had nothing. I had no life, no friends, and no family really, and I didn't really care. I had nothing, and nothing to lose, and then I knew loss. What I cared about was gone; it was all lost. Now I have everything to gain; everything is a clean slate. It's all blank pages waiting to be written on. It's all about going forward. It's all about uncertainty and possibilities.”

*I found this book by sheer luck, and I honestly had no idea what it was about but was intrigued nonetheless. It's a really interesting read and one that stuck with me after I finished reading the book to. I recommend this one to everyone. It's a little unusual but fantastic.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
“We are the bright new stars born of a screaming black hole, the nascent suns burst from the darkness, from the grasping void of space that folds and swallows--a darkness that would devour anyone not as strong as we. We are oddities, sideshows, talk show subjects. We capture everyone's imagination.”

*I don't normally read books of this sort(memoirs that is), because I don't know, I don't really consider myself a "smart book reader" but this was recommended by a friend and I like Eggers' work so I thought I'd check it out. Not everyone likes this book, and from what I've seen not everyone likes the author but there is something so very sincere that I found about this book, I really enjoyed it.

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
“Dear sir: twelve hours is as twelve years to me. I imagine you in your home, smiling, thinking of me. That I am your heart's secret fills me with song. I wish I could sing of you here in my cage. You are my heart's hidden poem. I reread you, memorize you, every moment we're apart.”

*This book is categorized as young adult but to be perfectly honest I don't think it is. The writing is absolutely stunning and really is what caught my eye the most, and I really enjoyed the love story, it's just a really beautiful book overall.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
“One more time? For the audience?" he says. His voice isn't angry. It's hollow, which is worse. Already the boy with the bread is slipping away from me.
I take his hand, holding on tightly, preparing for the cameras, and dreading the moment when I will finally have to let go.”

*I want to sort of include the whole series in this but really to tell the truth the first book is the one that captivated me the most, it was fast-paced and it kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time and I couldn't get enough of it. Peeta and Katniss were such a primary focus, and I am not a fan of Gale which is why this one is my favorite. If you haven't read this yet, well seriously, why haven't you?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
“Would it hurt to die? All those times he had thought it was about to happen and escaped, he had never really thought of the thing itself: his will to live had always been so much stronger than his fear of death.”

*Oh, how can I not include this here? really again one where I would include the whole series. Harry Potter is such a huge part of so many people's lives, and really I can't think of a book that hasn't made me cry in this series, but I think this is the one I was most emotional for.

Push by Sapphire
“I bite my fingernails till they look like disease, pull strips of my skin away. Get Daddy's razor out cabinet. Cut cut cut arm wrist, not trying to die, trying to plug myself back in.”

*I watched this movie first. An incredibly difficult movie to watch and an incredibly difficult book to get through, it's sad, gritty and stomach turning at times but it is very very real and it has a really hopeful ending. Not for everyone but if you can handle it, I'd say read it.

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zavin
“On, there are so many lives. How we wish we could live them concurrently instead of one by one by one. We could select the best pieces of each, stringing them together like a strand of pearls. But that's not how it works. A human life is a beautiful mess.”

*I remember picking up this book at Borders and thinking it would be a cute read. And it was, for the most part. There are some parts in it though that just left me a crying mess, it was really sweet, a cute and fast read, even if it will make you cry at the end.

The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
“We laugh and laugh, and nothing can ever be sad, no one can be lost, or dead, or far away: right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment.”

My god. I am a sucker for a good love story, and this one was lovely and just made me feel all of the feels. Even if there is a really gross part with feet in it. Just, read it, and watch the movie, too, because that was surprisingly good.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
“Each time I told my story, I lost a bit, the smallest drop of pain. It was that day that I knew I wanted to tell the story of my family. Because horror on Earth is real and it is every day. It is like a flower or like the sun; it cannot be contained.”

Wow, I just realized that so many of these books have been made into movies. The movie for this one was alright, not as impressed but it did a good job. This book is really, really sad, but a must read in my opinion, another very real story.

Amberwhimsyflowers on April 20th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
I love this book. I don't care how many people think it's so cliche. I <3 Charlie.
i'm a loner dottie;a rebel: dw | i was constructed for youhaughtymelodic on April 20th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's cliche at all! I think maybe now people see it as cliche but it was written in 1999 and I dont know I think it's just very appropriate. It's just one of those books that it's okay to love!
小鬼boo on April 20th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
this list is super helpful since i'm going to try to read a book every other day this summer <3 i've read Elsewhere (I think??) and LOVING IT and yes i think i cried too.
i'm a loner dottie;a rebelhaughtymelodic on April 20th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
Ooooh yay! Elsewhere is just so sweet, the end is lovely.

If you're looking for a read, my top rec here would definitely be As Simple As Snow! And if you read any of these let me know what you think!
Everything & Nothingjeffys_gurl27 on April 20th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Perks is my favorite book of all time, it definitely had an impact. I really love Time Traveler's Wife as well but actually hated the movie.
i'm a loner dottie;a rebel: dw | i've seen the waterhaughtymelodic on April 20th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
See, I think with me I always go into a movie adaptation not expecting anything too great so I'm never disappointed, I don't know if that is sort of weird. I think mostly I was just happy to see the story come to life, and I also really love Rachel McAdams, but I can understand why not everyone would love it. The book though, is just beautiful.