Fast Five: Books That Broke My Heart20 CommentsHere are five books that have haunted me long after reading them. The God of Small Things — Arundhati Roy Sarah’s Key — Tatiana de Rosnay Possession — AS Byatt A Lesson Before Dying — Ernest J. Gaines Silence — Shusaku Endo What books have affected you deeply?Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestEmail
Book Dilettante says
Haven’t read any of these, but thanks for the recommendations. I liked Haruki Murakami’s After Dark, because it was a good story and told well. Can’t think of a book that haunts me. Guess I’ll have to read one of your picks!
Katie Ganshert says
The Kite Runner definitely haunted me!
Havah: The STory of Eve still haunts me, but in a much different way that Kite Runner. That book haunts me because it brought such an important Bible story to life and it just relaly touched my heart.
Julie Dao says
I’m reading “Possession” right now!!! It’s absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking.
I’m dying to read Sarah’s Key! I’m glad you enjoyed it… even though it broke your heart!
We just read A Lesson Before Dying in my book club last month as part of our area’s Big Read. We were fortunate to have a professor who teaches it as a guest speaker to lead the discussion at our meeting.
BTW, Caroline, congratulations on the offers for your book!
Caroline Starr Rose says
Michelle, A LESSON BEFORE DYING was a Big Read title here, too. I wonder if the titles are rotated around the nation?
Hmm. I’ll be adding those to my wish list.
I haven’t heard of any of these so thanks! A book that broke my heart was The Art of Racing in the Rain. So good.
Stephanie Cheryl says
MY SISTER’S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult
Story of my life, sadly.
I love that book. So. Much.
Talli Roland says
I loved Running for the Hills by Horatio Clare, and, when I was young, My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.
Funny, both books deal with characters who leave civilisation and run off to the woods! Yikes!
These look amazing! I haven’t read any of them, but I’m going to check them out.
The Bible, The Shack, The Wonderful-Spirit Filled Life.
Mary Campbell says
I haven’t heard of any if these books except A lesson before dying – I’ll have to check them out.
Congrats on your book deal – very awesome.
Shannon O'Donnell says
Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson. I think I’m scarred for life! 🙂
Also, the Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers.
Elana Johnson says
I just read two by Elizabeth Scott that really haunted me.
Again, I am a loser and haven’t read any of these!
Lola Sharp says
A Lesson Before Dying I also loved, it too stayed with me.
Every single book by Cormac McCarthy haunts for weeks. His mastery of craft alone knocks me to my knees.
The Time Traveler’s Wife hung around in my grey matter, possibly wanting Henry for myself.
Really, I could just go on and on…so I’ll shut up now.
I love your Five posts. :o) I love spreading book love.
Jemi Fraser says
Different books haunt me in different ways. Flowers for Algernon will never leave me. Neither will Fahrenheit 451, Anne of Green Gables, LotR, McCaffrey’s Pern series. Lots and lots more.
Caroline Starr Rose says
Yes! The Kiterunner belongs on this list.
I just finished The Road, in the middle of the night, no less. So glad there was hope at the end. And TTW: I love that the book was developed around the idea of waiting. All that yearning worked.
Flowers for Algernon and Fahrenheit 451 (one of my favorites, I re-read last year) should also be here.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I wept like a fool at the end of that and I’ve yet to recover.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven also really got to me.
Corey Schwartz says
Definitely A Thousand Splendid Suns. And also The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Schenk Family Blog says
There’s No Me Without You – I can’t remember the author. About a woman in Ethiopia who fell into starting a home for AIDS orphaned children….really sad and quite unbelievable……