Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top 10 Books That Broke Our Heart

Question:  Top 10 books that broke our heart.

Answer:  This year we’re flipping cupid on his head and ranking the top 10 books that broke our heart.   Some broke our heart a little and some broke our heart a lot, yet many on the list are our favorite reads of all time.  Let’s just hope your Valentine’s Day ends with a little more happiness....

1.      I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith) – We love you Cassandra!
2.      Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell) – Why Rhett?  Why Scarlett?  Why?
3.      Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro) – What a great novel.   We figured out what was going on just in time to enjoy the super sad ending.
4.      Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) – Hopefully your Valentine’s Day looks nothing like this novel.
5.      The Book Thief (Markus Zusak) – It’s never a good thing when death narrates your story....
6.      Birdsong (Sebastian Faulks) – Such a complex novel and through it all is a tragic, tragic love story.
7.      The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) – After Back to the Future who would have thought time travel could be so messy... Poor Clare.  Poor Henry.
8.      Love Story (Erich Segal) – It’s been 15 years since we read this one and it still gives us a burning sensation in our throat.  So heartbreaking!
9.      The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) – We don’t make a habit of reading too much by this author, but the very, very end of this one did us in.  Soooo touching. 
10.  Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) – Funny, lighthearted, yet incredibly touching at the end.

What other novels broke your heart?  Have a great week and head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to join the fun!


  1. I really need to read The Time Travelers Wife, the movie was good and the book is probably much better!


  2. Never Let Me Go and The Book Thief both made my list - and I agree with so many of your other choices! I don't know how I forgot to add The Time Traveler's Wife to my list of heartbreakers!

  3. Oooo, I forgot to put Never Let Me Go on my list. Good one.

  4. The Time Travelers Wife definitely did it for me - cue the tears even now just thinking about it.

    1. Funny, I thought I'd be the only person who listed Love Story this week, but your isn't the only one I've seen besides mine. Wish I'd thought to include the Anne book on my list--that book makes me weep like crazy every time I read it!

  5. Great top ten! Happy Valentine's Day :)

  6. You know, I'd watched the movie Gone With The Wind more times than I can count before I actually got around to reading the book last year. So amazing. Still, even knowing what was coming, at the end I was like:

    "Wait! Wait Rhett!! Please, lets finally work this all out!"

    That ending has inspired more sequels...people can't let their love end like that.

  7. Wuthering Heights is definitely the opposite of happy love story.

  8. Dear sweet Matthew (Anne of Green Gables). I named my firstborn after him.

  9. I've been racking my brain for a book that broke my heart but I can't think of one right now. My head's still full of Game of Thrones haha. I should read The Book Thief.

  10. I thought Gone with the Wind was heartbreaking too, but not because of Scarlett and Rhett. Melanie was always my favorite. Plus that whole Civil War thing. :p

    Here's my TTT for this week.

  11. Anne, The Book Thief and Time Traveler all made my list too. Such wonderful, but heartbreaking books!

  12. LOVE STORY! I think I read that one. Now I want to read it again.