Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Top Ten "Awww" Moments In Books

Top Ten "Awww" Moments in Books

Awww:  Those odd twists that propel a story in a direction the reader did not anticipate.
Shhh!  Don't give away the Awww....

Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Wife by Bharati Mukherjee

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Old Yeller by John Gipson

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

A Prayer for Owen Meany

And don't forget about
my June Giveaway here at Readerbuzz...

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  1. Fabulous selection of books as always Debbie. Tadpole's Promise infuriated me like no other picture book- and few other books have actually. Maybe Life of Pi. I've read a few other of your nominated books. Most recently Old Yeller of course. What a fabulous read. The Sparrow is languishing in my TBR, one of the ones that is causing me the most guilt. Trudy sent it to me and I haven't got to reading it yet.

  2. I don't always like books with big "awww" moments. I hated The Sparrow. And Owen Meany. And Talk About Kevin was painful to read.

  3. Oh, I had forgotten about The Gift of the Magi! That was one beautiful, awww-filled story. :) What an excellent choice!

  4. I like how you just mentioned the books and not the actual moments. :)

  5. Love The Gift of the Magi- great choice!

  6. I hate to say it, but though a few of those are on my tbr list, I haven't actually read any of those books. Eek!

  7. Great list, I've been meaning to read, The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas, and now it's on my son's summer reading list for school, so I guess I'll finally get a chance.

  8. Ah, for shame! I haven't read any of these. I tried The Sparrow but I just couldn't get into it. And I lost it during the movie of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas so I couldn't handle the book.

  9. Yes to Of Mice and Men and Yes to A Prayer For Owen Meany!!! I just finished Where The Red Fern Grows with my son. Not sure if I can handle another super sad dog story. Still, Old Yeller is on my TBR list!

  10. I totally almost had scenes from Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows on my list...I should have! Fab picks :)

  11. I recently re-read The Gift of the Magi. It made me cry. Such a great story.

  12. I think Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is one big gigantic awww. Good call. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  13. I havn't read any of these :(
    But thanks for stopping by my blog :D

    Young Readers

  14. I don't read short stories for the most part, with a few exceptions, and O. Henry is definitely one of them. I love his stories; I had wanted to read Owen Meaney, and then someone told me about it in a way that essentially ruined it for me, I guess revealing the aww moment...so I never did read it :(

  15. Hi Deb: Great list. I am familiar with OF MICE AND MEN - a wonderful book, of course. I also love the film with Lon Chaney Jr. and, I think, John Garfield. (Not sure about Garfield.)

    GIFT OF THE MAGI, too is a very touching story.

    We read O Henry in school years ago. I wonder if they still read his work.

    I've been meaning to read THE SPARROW since forever. Maybe this year. So much to read, so little...well, you know how that goes.

  16. The tadpole's promise is an AWESOME selection. I always read that to my (high school) students. They react so strongly to it!

  17. The tadpole's promise is an AWESOME choice. I read that to my (high school) students every year. They react to it so strongly!

  18. the denouement for The Sparrow certainly packed a punch. Good call!

    Of Mice and Men's sense of time and place just makes the ending so perfect.


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