Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart A Little

Posted February 14th, 2012 by in Top Ten Tuesday / 7 comments

Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme featured by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. It is an opportunity to share our book interests with other book lovers…in top ten form! This week we have:

Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart A Little

10) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – I know there were a lot of people who just were not happy with how the series ended but after working through this 700+ page tome, I needed a happy ending. I read this book over the weekend because I could not stand any spoilers of a Dumbledore-esque nature. I’m fairly certain I spent a good chunk of that book in tears. That’s why I can respect this book. The bad guys weren’t the only ones who lost people. There were several sacrifices made for the greater good. To be upset with how all went down almost seems disrespectful to those that were lost. 



9) Marley and Me by John Grogan – Oh my gosh. Seriously, this book was incredibly heartbreaking to get through. I remember very distinctly laying under the covers with my head mashed in my pillow and just sobbing. I’m tearing up now just thinking about it. The reader is invited into the lives of this family and their dog and you read about all the bad and all the good and you’re almost as emotionally invested in Marley as they are. So in the end you’re just as traumatized as if he’d been your own.



8.) Sin Undone by Larissa Ione – Ione is an amazing author and I have truly loved her Demonica series. I really need to start her new series. There is a scene in Sin Undone that just killed me. Killed. Me. I had to put the book down and walk away for a bit because I didn’t want to know what happened after that. I was too afraid of the outcome. I stayed away from it for a few hours and ended up finishing it. Thank God! It ended up being such a good book but for those few hours I was heartsick.



7) Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes – First of all I read this at Christmastime and it involved a baby. There’s a particular scene when Sophie is having a talk with her mama and it really did break my heart. Lady Sophie’s ended up being a pretty awesome read and I can’t wait to catch up with the previous entries in the series.



6) All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin – This book wasn’t really all that heartbreaking and those of you who have read it are probably scratching your head trying to figure out what part I could possibly mean. There is a small scene that just broke my heart and made me love Leo even more. Leo is the oldest sibling and feels that he is responsible for his two younger sisters. His father told him so before he was murdered. The only problem is that Leo is mentally handicapped and while he has the best of intentions he can’t be the caretaker that his sisters need. The state won’t allow it. Leo stands up for himself and reminds Anya that while he is handicapped he’s still a person who feels and can make some decisions. It’s a great scene and I shed a tear or two for the raw deal Leo had been handed.



5) Everything I Learned About Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell – There is an anecdote in this book that really kind of made love pretty clear. It talked about the hero who will be the man in the waiting room holding your purse with a white knuckled grip. That’s the kind of hero I want. It was probably the most memorable part of the book for me.



4) Tempted by Elisabeth Naughton – The end of this book nearly tore my heart out. It seemed like everything was finally going to go right for both Isadora and Demetrius and then it all went so terribly wrong. This is an awesome chapter in the Greek mythology series The Eternal Guardian series. I’m ready for the next book that is going to be released in April. Squee!




3) P.S. I Love You by Ceclia Ahern – I read this book not too long after my husband and I were married. I think that is why the book effected me so much. I just couldn’t bear the thought of loosing a husband so young and having to learn to live without him and being helped to get over him from beyond the grave. It was just too much. I think this book is the book that made me cry the most in recent years. I mean it had me getting all bulgy red-eyed, hiccups, headache, snotty nose bawling. I wasn’t right for a few days after reading it too. 🙂



2) Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon – Oh Julian, sweet caring hide behind my shield Julian. This boy rocked sacrificial love. I think that this book might have effected me more than my friends who have read it and I can’t really say why. All I know is that Julian won me over when he helped Grace after a pretty upsetting incident involving one of Grace’s patients. I wasn’t expecting it and it brought tears to my eyes. This scene broke my heart but in a good way.




1) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – The last book in the Hunger Games trilogy rocked my reading world. There was a lot of unexpected twists and turns and some of them truly stunned me. There was a lot of sadness in this book but the outcome was what needed to be accomplished. This one made me sad with very little happiness (to me) in the end. It was a nice change of pace from everything turning out rosy but the romance reader in me was a little disappointed.

Which books broke your heart a little bit? I’d love to hear your thoughts!



7 Responses to “Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart A Little”

  1. LaurieS

    Marley and Me for certain and the entire Hunger Games series had my stomach in knots the entire time. Another book that ravaged me was "Addicted" by Charlotte Featherstone.

  2. Alexa

    I haven't read the Demonica series but what you said about the book rings true for a book I just finished. The second book in the Downside Ghost series by Stacia Kane will not only break your heart but it will rip it out and stomp on it then pretends to put your now beaten heart back into your chest to let you live a hallow life. Yes, I know I sound dramatic but Unholy Magic is a book I just finished an hour ago and my heart is still broken. Amazing story though, I appreciate that it had so much power over me that it could break my heart.

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