Top Ten Tuesday: Books I had STRONG emotions over

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks TTT is 10 books that I had very strong emotions about. Books that broke my heart, made me angry, confused or all the above and more.

  1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
    The book that changed my life and made me want to be a writer. That’s all I really need to say.
  2. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
    This series changed how I viewed Sci-Fi and this book being the last in the series blew my mind. Things happened that I hated and loved and cursed Ness for. I hated how it finished because I never wanted it to end. I wish I could re-read this for the first time over and over again.
  3. Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
    One of my first Jodi Picoult books and definitely not the last. Jodi tends to write the kinds of stories that throw you for a loop. She isn’t very kind to her characters and this is no exception. Paige isn’t a perfect leading lady and she struggles and falls and gets back up and does it all over again. She messed up a lot and does some stupid things. She is beautiful and talented and human. That’s what I love most about Picoult’s writing. She writes stories about people who are far from perfect. My favourite of all her books.
  4. Entangled by Cat Clarke
    Just . . . no words. Read it. Just do it.
  5. The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
    This was another book that I read early in my book obsessed and I was quite young when I read it. But I’ll always remember it because of Macy. She was the first main character that wasn’t what I expected. This story is about learning who you are. Finding your place in the world and I have lost count of how many times I have re-read it over the years.
  6. Boy’s Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman
    This story was so many things. It wasn’t always happy – a big chunk of it is sad. But it’s also bitter sweet and I thought about it long after I finished reading it.
  7. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
    On the Jellicoe Road is one of those books that will be a Penguin Classic one day. One of those books that people will talk about the way they do of books like To Kill a Mockingjay. It is wonderful and beautiful and will linger with you long after you read it. I know it did with me.
  8. Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble
    This book was one of the ones that I read early in to my new found book obsession. It was also a little over a year after my mother died so it was extra sad for me. A seriously heartbreaking and yet wonderful book about a mother who wanted to leave something for her daughters to help them after she was gone.
  9. Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
    I think this book is out of place amongst all the others but I had to included it for one main reason – it is not at all what you think. I remember seeing this book when I was working in a book store and I thought it was frivolous drivil. But there is hidden depths to Sugar Daddy that I did not expect. It might be a romance story but there is so much heart in it to. It’s not just a love story – its a story about a girl who had to be a grown up too soon. It’s about sacrafice and compromise and loss. And of course, love.
  10. So Much to Tell You by John Marsden
    This book was the first novel I ever read. I was twelve years old and I found it in the library on my lunch break. I took it home and read it and cried and read it again. And cried some more. And thus my love of reading books was born.
    So many emotions.
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