Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday for February 25th

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Wow, I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in a really long time. Like, almost a month. Time to get back into the swing of things. This feature is hosted, as always, but the folks over at “The Broke and the Bookish.” This week’s topic:

Top Ten Tuesday Rewind!!

I really lucked out this week, because now I can go back and pick one of the topics that I missed and do that one. So here we go. I will pick:

Top Ten (or Seven) Books That Will Make You Cry

I am a sucker for these. I will read books that I know are going to make me sad, just because the stories are that strong and compelling. Sure, I’ll be miserable for a while, but that’s fine. It’s good for us, right? Right?

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I didn’t participate in this Top Ten when it actually happened, but I’m gonna guess that this book was on a lot of people’s lists that day. How can it not be? The problem is that I really want to see the movie, and I really want to re-read the book before I do. Better stock up on the Kleenex. And speaking of John Green . . .

2. Looking for Alaska by John Green – What can I say, John Green is good at making me cry. But while I knew that The Fault in Our Stars was going to make me weep like a baby (hello, it’s about teens with cancer), but the triggering event in Looking for Alaska is shocking and unexpected. And left me in a little puddle on the floor.

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This book made me feel so many things. I felt nostalgic for my lost childhood. I felt sad for the main character once it was revealed what he was going through. I felt elated when he rose above those things and had such wonderful friends to help him. This is such a magical book for me, without being actually about magic.

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – I will admit that several of the books made me a little teary-eyed, but nothing will compare to the feeling I felt when I finished this book for the first time. It wasn’t even because the ending was sad (although we did loose a lot of wonderful characters – Remus and Tonks, oh my heart!!!). It was because this wonderful journey was over and I knew I would never experience another new Harry Potter book again.

5. Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical RENT by Anthony Rapp – Written by someone who was with RENT from the very beginning, this is a story about friends and family and how to recover when those friends or family are gone. This is an amazing book, a must read for anyone who is a fan of the musical. Just be prepared.

6. Phantom by Susan Kay – This is probably one of my favorite books of all time. A retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, this book gives the Phantom a soul and a story and it is just beautiful. That man must have lead a tragic and terrifying life, and Kay is able to capture what he must have survived in order to be as brilliant as he was. The last sentences kill me every time though.

7. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – I discovered this book in college and loved it ever since. It took a while for me to figure out exactly what was going on with that group of children, but once I did, I was shocked, horrified, and then just sad. To them, it wasn’t a mystery – they had always known what their lives were for. It was sad, but beautiful.

There are my stories to make you cry! What topic did you pick for Top Ten Rewind? Let me know in comments!

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday for February 25th

Teaser Tuesday

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, hosted by the always lovely MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser for the week:

Bran could feel Summer’s fear in that bright instant. He closed his two eyes and opened a third, and his boy’s skin slipped off him like a cloak as he left the tower behind . . . and found himself out in the rain, his belly full of deer, cringing in the brush as the sky broke and boomed above him.

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

Please leave your teasers in comments!