This week’s Six For Sunday theme is all about ‘books that made you cry’. Confession time: I am a huge cry-baby, to the point where I actually googled a few months ago whether I was some kind of empath… I just found myself being overwhelmed or crying at no end of TV, books, music – no kidding, I watched Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour on Netflix, saw a girl crying in the audience and an actual tear came out of my own eyes!!! So this post is almost like the ‘follow-up / B-side / sister album’ to last week’s Six for Sunday post about ‘books that made you FEEL‘. Think of it as the Buzz to my Woody, the cheese to my toast, the cookie to my dough… For those who don’t already know, Six for Sunday is weekly meme hosted by Steph over at A Little But A Lot. February’s theme is ‘Read it and Weep!’ (which I have definitely done in all of my choices for this month!).
Books That Made Me Cry!
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks! When I read this in High School for a War Literature class it was probably one of the largest books I’d ever read. I remember being daunted by the size of it but the not having to worry as I just couldn’t stop turning the pages. It was such a tragic story and one that stayed in my mind for a long time.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo I can never really talk about this book without majorly spoiling things but the ending broke me! I was in denial for quite a while that Bardugo could really finish a book like that – I’m still not really over it! 😂
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab Surprise surprise that this made the list! 😂 You know when you sometimes watch a horror movie and you’re yelling “Don’t do it, don’t do it!” That was what my reading voice was screaming during the final parts of this book. It was just so moving. I don’t think I’ve been so drawn to two characters like the way I was to both Addie and Henry for a very long time.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes If I can cry at the Pixar movie Bolt then I was always going to cry over this novel! It’s weird to say that it’s a favourite because of the circumstances within the story but there was just something so familiar and endearing about the characters that you really felt like a part of the tragedy.
One Day by David Nicholls I’ve talked about this book before because I love the concept of tracking what a friendship is like on the same day across a number of years. The ending of this book was a real distraction when I was working to an essay deadline. I genuinely didn’t see what was coming – I think the film really spoils that as the twist is made all that more obvious.
Spectacles by Sue Perkins I was so thrilled to meet Sue and get a signed copy of her memoir when she was doing her book tour at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. If you’ve read it, I asked her to draw the smiley face inside my book which caused a fair amount of laughing. There’s one part in here though where Sue talks about losing a beloved pet and having been through that kind of pain myself it really resonated with me and I sobbed for ages. I think I had to put the book down so I could actually take a break from it!
What books made you club like a baby? Have you read any of my selections – did you find them as weepy as I did? As always, leave your links below to your own posts or drop me a comment to chat!
This week has been half term week and it has been so lovely just to catch up with myself, my blog, my reading and my housework – with current lockdown restrictions there’s pretty little else to do anyway! 😂 The Film Club I am a part of is having its 2020 review a little later on today so I’ve been looking back over all of the different films I’ve been watching in 2020 and pick my favourites. I’m hoping to make a separate post about it soon but it has definitely given me something to do over this week!
This week’s Six For Sunday theme is all about ‘books that made you FEEL’. It was so hard to pick just six books for this prompt and I made an initial list in my blog planner of my selections. But then… I looked ahead to next week’s prompt which is all about books which made you cry and I found myself having to reshuffle a few around on my list so as not to repeat myself. Quite a lot of the books that invoke strong feelings in me usually mean that I’m bawling my eyes out! 😂 I’ve tried to pick a different range of feelings for the books in this week’s prompt as there are so many wondrous feelings our darling books give us! For those who don’t already know, Six for Sunday is weekly meme hosted by Steph over at A Little But A Lot. February’s theme is ‘Read it and Weep!’ (which I have definitely done in all of my choices for this month!).
Books That Made Me FEEL!
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas! Ok, there is no list that I could write for this prompt without including this book. It should actually come with a ‘swoon alert’ on the front cover. Feyre has got to be one of the luckiest protagonists in fantasy literature – that’s all I’ll say!
Romanov by Nadine Brandes Wow was I won over by Nastya in this story! I know next week is supposed to be about books that made us cry but I couldn’t get through the final chapter of this without bawling like a baby. The level of hope and perseverance that Nastya’s character exuded was so endearing. I don’t know if that was because I’ve studied the Romanovs before and the real-life story has always been one of the most intriguing historical mysteries to me therefore I was hoping for that happy-ever-after that the true Anastasia didn’t really have, but this book definitely left it’s mark on me and gave me lots of different feels from the start to the finish!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas I am SO glad I finished reading this book in time to put it on my list this week. I mean, can you read this and not end up feeling something when you finish that final page?! You know sometimes when you finish a book, and you know it’s going to leave its mark on you for an incredibly long time but you having quite compiled all of your thoughts together coherently yet…? That’s me, at the minute, with THUG – it’s simply amazing!
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas So I know this is another repeat performance for this author on the list but if you’ve read this book then you’ll know there’s a scene in here of absolute sacrifice and when I first read it, I couldn’t actually believe what I had read and had to go back just to check that I wasn’t making up my own version of the story – my inner head voice was also screaming ‘no, no, nooooooooo’ at the same time. So yes, Kingdom of Ash sure as hell made me FEEL – and then some!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman I’ve never quite felt such pity for a character quite like Eleanor Oliphant. There’s that point in the novel where you realise really clearly and explicitly what is happening – and then it sank into my own head that for some people this is real-life. A completely different set of feels to ACOMAF and KOA but similarly to THUG there was a really poignant message lying at the core of Eleanor Oliphant.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I couldn’t grow up with these characters and that world and then not end up having feels at the end of this series. To add to that, there is that one scene where one of my favourite characters of all-time meets their ending and I’m still in a bit of denial to be honest that it actually happened.
What books gave you all the FEELS? I’m in need of some recommendations to reconnect myself to my emotions after all of this lockdown isolation – feel free to suggest some titles! As always, leave your links below to your own posts or drop me a comment to chat!
With Halloween just around the corner, we’re continuing the ‘Pumpkin Spice Goodness’ theme for October’s Six For Sunday by thinking of scary stories and characters. Most of my list this week is focused on the classics as I don’t tend to read many contemporary horror novels – however I did read a brilliant article by Silvia Moreno-Garcia on Buzzfeed Books called 10 Creepy Horror Books From Around The World which has me itching to click that ‘Want To Read’ button on Goodreads.
For those who don’t already know, Six for Sunday is weekly meme hosted by Steph over at A Little But A Lot.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
One of the most well-known vampire tales, I’m definitely counting Dracula in the ‘scary story’ camp.
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Again, another one of the original Halloween monsters, Frankenstein is both scary character and scary story for me!
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
This is one of those truly classic gothic horror stories. The whole seance thing I find incredibly intriguing yet really scary. My Nan did a Ouija board once and was adamant that it told her she was going to marry me Grandad – and obviously, she did!
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Amazing Amy definitely showed her darker side towards the end of this gripping novel. When my friend saw Rosamund Pike’s portrayal in the cinema he said it was enough to put him off women for life! 😂
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sherlock Holmes
I have to admit, the whole idea of big hounds across the moors glowing with phosphorous kind of creeps me out. I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to be running into those characters.
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
I have heard so many good things about this story that the more I hear, the more I want to read it – hopefully I’ll get around to adding it to my TBR at some point.
Which scary books or characters have you trembling beneath the bed? As always, leave your links below or drop me a comment to chat!
Continuing the ‘Pumpkin Spice Goodness’ theme for October’s Six For Sunday post this week, we’re thinking all about books that gave us feels. Some books immediately sprang to mind – one in particular 😉 – and it was quite easy to put this list together. I’ll try not to say too much about each one to avoid all of the inevitable spoilers that just pour out when a book gives you those massive feels!
For those who don’t already know, Six for Sunday is weekly meme hosted by Steph over at A Little But A Lot.
Books Which Gave Me Feels
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
If you know, you know! 😉
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
I think I’m officially crowning her Queen of the Feels since I can’t seem to get through any books of hers without bawling my eyes out at the end… and what an epic finale to the Throne of Glass series this was! 😍
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Yet again…! I know I cannot seem to make a post or a list without mentioning this book. I love it! Sorry, not sorry!
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Now I’m not swooning at this one but I am in absolute awe of the amount of pop culture and easter eggs one man can fit into 374 pages.
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
I remember reading this for one of my A-Level English classes and it was so tentative and moving that it definitely deserved its place here.
Romanov by Nadine Brandes
I’ve always had a soft spot for Anastasia, but even more so after reading Nadine’s portrayal of her. She really managed get me invested into the lives of the characters in her historical fantasy novel.
Come on, fess up! Which books are giving you guys all the feels? As always, leave your links below or drop me a comment to chat!