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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Want to Make You Cry

Hi!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) was a difficult one for me. Why you may ask? Well, let me tell you…

…because I don’t do books that want to make me cry.
nope

Nope. I don’t like them at all.

Except that sometimes I make myself read one or two because I am a librarian and it is part of my job to be well read. Unfortunately, I ended up actually liking some of these books, but not because they made me cry…or did they? YOU CAN’T PROVE ANYTHING!

The first five titles on my list are books I’ve read whose sole purpose in publication is to make me cry. All five of these were, in the end, good books that I’d recommend if you prefer an emotional read.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysBetween Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

If I Stay by Gayle FormanIf I Stay by Gayle Forman

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly HuntOne for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue ParkA Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

The second half of today’s list is books that I’ve stayed away from because I suspect they’ve been told to make me cry. I’m told they’re all really, really good books, but so far I’ve kept my distance.  If you’re someone who enjoys a good cry while reading then these may be quality suggestions for you!

The Book Thief by Marcus ZusakThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John BoyneThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

How to Save a Life by Sara ZarrHow to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

So there you have it! Please share which books have turned you into a sob monster (that way I’ll know to stay away from them! haha)

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BookTasty Talks: Escapism or Emotion

Hi there everyone!

Earlier this week I was working on my Top Ten Tuesday post about characteristics that will make me NOT want to read a book. As I was writing that specific post (you can read it here) I began to realize what I guess I always knew about myself but hadn’t ever really put it into words.

I realized that for me, reading is pure escapism. No crying, no serious “real world” troubles, no cancer, no abuse. I don’t want to feel like I’m reading the evening news while reading a book. I don’t want to be forced to think about difficult topics. There is only a certain amount of space in my heart, mind and soul to be able to handle the hardships of the world. It’s not like I hide from or ignore those problems, I’m very aware of current events and what is going on in my local community, state, nation etc… it’s just that I feel my emotions very deeply and sometimes you just need to switch the junk off, to be able to survive. This is probably one of the main reasons why I adore Young Adult and Middle Grades fiction as much as I do. There are just so many options within these sectors of the book world that are nice and cry free.

With all this said I also believe in being a well-rounded reader so sometimes I do force myself to read some books that are out of my emotional comfort zone. In recent months I read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (work camps and genocide), If I Stay by Gayle Forman (death of family members), A Long Walk to Water  by Linda Sue Park (Lost Boys of Sudan), and One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt. See?! I sometimes venture into the scary world of crying books!

StitchCrying

OMG Someone give poor Stitch a tissue!

So, what about you? Do you like a good tear-jerker that makes you reach for the tissue while reading? If so, more power to ya! You go get all comfy and cozy with the emotions! :)

PuppyGif

Puppies. The perfect escapism.

Or do you like to keep your emotions at bay while reading and  prefer to enjoy books that provide an escape from all the hardships of the world?

Go ahead talk to BookTasty a little!

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Top Ten Tuesday: I Do Not Want

Hello friends!

As you may know, last week our internet chose to not work, so I wasn’t able to participate in last week’s Top Ten Tuesday. But never fear for I am back!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is focused on the top qualities that will most likely make me NOT pick up a book. Now, I have to say that I could only think of eight characteristics that make me put a book back on the shelf and say “do not want”.

DoNotWantSometimes I think that Grumpy Cat and I have a lot in common…

Anyways…here is my list of Book Qualities I Do Not Want:

  • crying: someone’s parents die or their boyfriend, or wait…their dog. I don’t like books that want to make me cry.
  • suffering: holocaust books, books about slavery.  I can’t handle lots of these.
  • military: Partly because of the suffering, but also because the military just doesn’t interest me.
  • erotica/sex: I’m not a prude I just prefer to not read about people doing it…call me crazy! :p I’m not opposed to a scene or two, but every other page is not my thing.
  • too silly: If it’s too juvenile it’s not my thing.
  • too “edgy”: I’m not into reading about physical abuse or drug abuse…as a middle school teacher lots of these “edgier” topics hit too close to home.
  • male main characters: I do not hate male main characters, but I do prefer female main characters.
  • issue books: I’m not opposed to learning more about heavy issues like the rape, or cancer, or the modern-day slave trade, but I don’t typically want to read about it. I like my reading to be pure escapism…somewhere I don’t have to think about the bad stuff in the world.

So I couldn’t think of ten and I didn’t want to force it, but as you can see the eight book characteristics I’ve listed are mostly all focused on one basic idea: Reading to me is an escape. I do not want to cry or be forced to think about difficult things. The world is hard enough, and I’d like to have my happy place where I won’t end up like Dawson here.

Poor Dawson

But I do believe that once in a while it is good to take an excursion out of my reading comfort zone, so I do try to make myself read books with the above qualities once in a while.

What characteristics or qualities of books make you not want to read them? Do you agree or disagree with my belief that reading is an escape, or do you prefer reading to help you get in tough with your emotions? Maybe this will be a discussion post soon….