Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top Ten Books That Broke Your Heart A Little

Top Ten Books that
Broke My Heart a Little

Happenstance by Carol Shields

Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

The Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
with illustrations by Maira Kalman

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  1. Ohhh, so many wonderful books. Added several to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing. Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. I've only read two of those, Miss Pettigrew and Of Mice and Men. I found the latter terribly sad, but somehow I found the former to be quite upbeat, although tinged with sadness and regret.

  3. The only book I've read on your list is The Lover's Dictionary - but I've got my eye on Why We Broke Up!

  4. I completely forgot about Of Mice and Men! Such a sad ending! I've heard lots of good things about Why We Broke Up and The Lover's Dictionary, I really must read these soon!

  5. I just added Six Word Memoirs to my wish list.

  6. Lover's Dictionary has a made a few lists. Why We Broke Up looks like it was made for this list.

  7. Normally it's not books, but a specific poem that does it, a particular image or combination of words will stop my heart.

  8. Happy Valentine's Day... and, thanks for the heads-up from someone who does not like to cry!!!

  9. I've only read Of Mice and Men from these, but that is the only school-assigned book that has made me cry! Such a tragic ending..:(

  10. Great list! You remember the best books for your lists. I'm reading Happenstance right now. Taking a book break between the wife's and husband's tales. Lover's Dictionary, Of Mice and Men, Miss Pettigrew - great choices.

  11. So many older titles that made me sad... I completely agree with Of Mice and Men. But for The Good Earth, it was sad to see everything the main character had worked for crumble, but I believed his sons got exactly what they deserved. But I do love your list.

    Thanks for visiting my Top Ten.

  12. Thanks for stopping by! I see you added Of Mice and Men. :) I keep seeing The Lover's Dictionary pop up today. I think I'm going to have to add that book to my list.

  13. Of Mice and Men is sloop heart-breaking. I can't believe I didn't think to put it on my list. The Lover's Dictionary was wonderful as well.

  14. Yes, I agree. It can be a single passage or even a paragraph that can be heartbreaking.

  15. It was the wife in Good Earth that made me sad.

  16. I love MISS PETTIGREW! Such a wonderful book! :-)


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