Top Ten Emotional Novels

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A genius idea, if I do say so myself.
And my first time participating!
This week’s topic:
Top Ten Books I Had VERY Strong Emotions About

Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

If this wasn’t emotional, I don’t know what is. One of the few books that brought actual tears to my eyes.
My Review

Cryer's Cross

Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

Scary. So scary I heard scratching on my the wooden desk across my bed. Even worse, I read the scariest part at night.

The City of Ember (Books of Ember, #1)

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

For some reason, this one just struck me as beautiful. The whole story, the plot, the poor-state of the characters, I loved it.

Blood Red Road (Dustlands, #1)

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

This one was filled with tears. Death, pain, sorrow. And of course love. This was one of my faves because of the flurry of emotions.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Tahereh’s debut picked up my emotions and threw them all over the place. When they say electrifying, they mean it.
Review coming soon.


Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

The death of the MC’s brother and her guilt that it was her fault were very touching. It was sad, and it was hopeful. A tears-and-smiles type of book.

The Smile

The Smile by Donna Jo Napoli
Another tears-and-smiles type of book. This was sad, even the ending was sad, yet beautiful. The fictitious tale behind the Mona Lisa – one of my all-time favorites. 

The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2)

The Dead and the Gone
Quite a few deaths in this one that just made me squeeze my eyes and want to hurl the book away from me. If you haven’t read the series, you should.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
This was one of the first YA books I read, and never reviewed. I loved it. It kept me up with a flashlight, and blurred my eyesight with tears. 

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Hunger Games
Anyone out there want to disagree with me? Sorrow, suspense, this one just threw my mind and heart into overdrive.


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

November 1, 2011



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    Arianne Cruz

    November 1, 2011

    I'm struggling to read Hunger Games, not coz I don't like it, but coz I have it in PDF form. Lol maybe I should print it.

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    Ashley @ Bookaholics Anonymous

    November 1, 2011

    't wait to read shatter me.

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    Ashley @ Bookaholics Anonymous

    November 1, 2011

    @Ashley @ Bookaholics Anonymous
    I meant can't wait..

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    Jan von Harz

    November 1, 2011

    Fantastic List. Many of your books are book while not on my list definitely had me feeling strong emotions. I love Revolution and felt The Dead and the Gone was more powerful that Pfeffer's first book. The Forest of Hands and Teeth had me so depressed I had to read life fluffy stuff for weeks after it. And I just finished Cryers Cross and am still recovering from the ending.

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    Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    November 1, 2011

    Welcome to Top Ten. I've been participating here for months and months; it's one of my favorite memes.

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    The Reading Retreat

    November 1, 2011

    I don't think anyone can disagree with you on the hunger games…

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    Amy @ bookgoonie

    November 1, 2011

    The Revolution is in my TBR pile. The Smile looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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    November 1, 2011

    Hunger Games made my list too! I almost included the Forest of Hands and Teeth as well. Great choices!

    My Top Ten List

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    Juju at Tales of

    November 1, 2011

    Awesome list! I'm off to ponder which have been emotional for me :)

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    November 1, 2011

    Hunger Games killed me with the suspense. Although for me, Catching Fire kinda rates higher.

    Love the list.
    I'm currently reading Revolution

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    YA Bibliophile

    November 1, 2011

    Good call on The Hunger Games! There are a number of books on your list that I've not read> I'll have to move them up on my TBR pile!

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    November 1, 2011

    I could have added many of these to my list. They are all great choices. Especially nodding about Blood Red Road, Shatter Me, and Revolution.
    I've been wanting to read Between Shades of Gray for a long time. Looks like a sad one for sure.
    Glad you're joining in on TTT!

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    November 1, 2011

    These are all really great, in particular The City of Ember. I love that series so much! The first book was the absolute best, and it makes me so happy that you included it on your list.

    ~Asheley (Into the Hall of Books)

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    Jenni Elyse

    November 1, 2011

    I don't think anyone can disagree with you on The Hunger Games. It didn't make my list this time around, but that's only because I had others that made more of an impact on my life. But, incite extreme emotions The Hungers Games definitely did. (Woah, I channeled Yoda there for a moment.) Great choice! All the other books are on my TBR list.