Emotions and books

March 10, 2010

Have you ever read a book that made you so mad you wanted to hit someone?  What about something that broke your heart and you cried afterwards?  Or maybe a book made you so happy you wanted to throw flowers at everyone you saw?  How about a book that you dreamed about for days?

The following books evoked such strong emotions in me that they are unforgettable: *cue Nat King Cole*

burned by Ellen Hopkins – when I finished this book I wanted to find the author and throw it at her.  No, I’m not a violent person, but the ending of this book left me with tears in my eyes and I dreamed about it.  I was invested by the end and depressed at the conclusion.  It takes amazing talent to write a book that stays with someone weeks after it is read.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I dreamed of this book for several nights.  Maybe it had to do with the fact that I was chest-deep in writing a dystopian, I don’t know, but Peeta and Katniss took up residence with me.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore – to me this book was beautiful.  It had a strong female character that I admired.  This book made me feel so good that I immediately bought it for my shelves to save for my daughter for when she’s old enough to read it.

So those are the three off the top of my head.  What books have you read that overwhelmed your emotions?




  1. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott has probably haunted me more than anything else I’ve ever read! Hunger Games definitely gave me weird dreams as well (glad I’m not alone there lol)

  2. YA: Looking for Alaska
    Adult: The Road, The Handmaid’s Tale, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, LAMB

  3. I will agree with Hunger Games. I’ve dreamed about it as well.

    As far as the book that made me most emotional? The Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy. Kay got me so invested in those characters that I bawled like a baby when he did things I didn’t like to them. If you’re a fan of high fantasy (and I’m not and still dub them as my favorite books) I highly recommend the series. Just don’t blame me if you’re left in tears as well.

    Looking for Alaska was like that as well. I literally cursed John Green as I was reading it.

    As far as books making me happy? I just love a happy ending. When the girl gets the guy, when everyone lives happily ever after, etc because I feel it’s so not like my life 😛

  4. City of Ashes, and Gone come to mind first. I screamed at both of them. A lot.

    Realms of the Gods (Tamora Pierce) is one of those books that make me want to skip around the house because I’m so happy. And I’ve read it at least ten times.

  5. When I finished reading the “Tomorrow” series by John Marsden, I was depressed and despondent for days. I felt like I had been through the war with those kids.

  6. I agree with Kaitlin. Living Dead Girl HAUNTED me. So much so, I tweeted and Facebooked about it. I’m still haunted about it!

    Secret Life of Bees was awesome!! The figurative language it in it made the book for me, and I totally wanted to do the same thing in my books!

    Twilight totally stayed with me and even brought about me writing my YA UF, The Guardians.


  7. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr has haunted me. She perfectly captured a girl who has been given up on by almost everyone in her life. I cried a lot while reading it.

  8. Eclipse made me so mad! I had to put the book down and collect myself. And then so did Breaking Dawn – but because the plot sucked, not because the characters didn’t something to make me mad.

    Like Kaitlin said, Living Dead Girl was haunting. As was Lovely Bones. Both of those but espeically LDG played on my mind for days after making me wonder if I’d ever be as strong as the characters from those books.

    And of course The Hunger Games. Probably the only story to ever make me think for weeks on end. I spoke to EVERYONE about this book. I recommended it to everyone. I thought about myself in that situation and found it unbearable.

  9. It’s “Flowers for Algernon” for me. I can’t sleep…

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