Hello everyone! It’s another Wednesday and it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday post. Hello everyone! It’s Wednesday and time for another Top 5 Wednesday post. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme currently hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. Here’s the goodreads group in case you want to participate too!
I actually skipped last week’s topic which is Books You Liked with Tropes You Usually Hate because I don’t really hate any tropes. I sort of get tired of repetitions but not tired enough to actually hate that trope. Also, I am still uncertain of my feelings about love triangles. Do I love it or do I hate it? I don’t know just yet.
Anyways, this week’s topic is actually a freebie. We can pick any topic that we want. I really had a trouble deciding on what to post about until I decided that I really want to share these 5 books that made me really really cry. This post is more personal that I intended, I’ve shared a lot of my thoughts and feelings. This will probably the most personal blog post I’ve ever written. Okay here goes:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder is about Auggie who was born with facial defects. Wonder is about how Auggie saw the world and how the world saw him. It is also about his family and how their lives are affected by Auggie. Until, I am still wondering how a book that seemed so simple and natural made me feel all the emotions that I have felt. Through the book, I have been in different minds with different struggles. And one of those minds is a mind of a child in a cruel world with people to whom looks are everything. I remember that there was a moment that Auggie asked “Am I ugly?” and that tore my heart to pieces because I imagined that moment in my head and I cried for that little boy. This book is really one of the greatest and I think that everybody should read this book at least once in their lifetime. Buy this book: Amazon | Book Depository
P. S. Another thing that really made me cry in the book is this quote:
“no, no, it’s not all random, if it really was all random, the universe would abandon us completely. and the universe doesn’t. it takes care of its most fragile creations in ways we can’t see. like with parents who adore you blindly. and a big sister who feels guilty for being human over you. and a little gravelly-voiced kid whose friends have left him over you. and even a pink-haired girl who carries your picture in her wallet. maybe it is a lottery, but the universe makes it all even out in the end. the universe takes care of all its birds.”
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Turtles All the Way Down is about Aza who has an anxiety disorder. The story starts when she and her bestfriend, Daisy, investigate the whereabouts of billionaire fugitive Russell Pickett. Aza happens to know Russell Pickett’s son when they were younger. This book has the elements of a typical John Green book and yet this book stands out for me. I think I cried on the part when Aza reads Daisy’s fanfictions. I am the kind of person who sometimes worry that my friends aren’t really my friends. I fear that they are merely tolerating me and not really enjoying my company. So, Aza’s fears resonated my own. That is why I really felt the pain that she did on that moment. So, this book is really great and if you haven’t read it yet, get a copy now. You can buy a copy here: Amazon | Book Depository
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Before I Fall is about Sam who was one of the mean girls of their high school. One night while going home from a party, Sam and her friends were in an accident. And Sam died. But then she wakes up next morning… and it’s the same day as the day before…she gets to relive the day she’s supposed to die. As a teenage girl who has her life ahead of her, Sam tries to change that day and her fate.
When I read this book, I was a girl that is both a Sam and a Juliet. I was both the tormentor and the tormented. I admit that I have hurt people in my past unintentionally. Whether my actions were intentional or not, it had some consequences which led to me feeling like I am isolated from the rest of my classmates. And I know that I made that mistake and I have apologized for that. Still, some people just defines us by our mistakes. However, even before then, I was bullied because I was (still am) outspoken, I always recite in class and I was not afraid to share my thoughts. Needless to say, some people didn’t like me for who I am… and they made sure that I knew. Anyways, maybe I’ll be brave enough to share more of this some other time. I’ll get back to the book. So… I was both a Sam and a Juliet that’s why the book spoke to me in so many levels. I was able to connect with a book and with every character. I felt so many emotions that I couldn’t help but cry. I cried in so many chapters. I think this book made me cry the most.
I think this book is about second chances and I think that we all deserve a second shot. This book has changed me and has changed the way I see events around me. I can say that I became a much better person after reading this book so I really recommend this book to everyone. Buy this book: Amazon | Book Depository
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
For you, a thousand times over.
I don’t think I’ve ever forgotten this quote. Ever since reading this book, the quote has been with me. A part of me is always stuck in this book, my heart aching with the characters. This book has opened my eyes that there’s all kinds of suffering out there and I should try to stop it. There was this moment that I had to close the book and just cry. I’m still heartbroken over this book but I regret nothing. This book is special and everyone should read it at least once. Buy this book: Amazon | Book Depository
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
This book actually bored me until the last few moments of the book. This book ended with a sacrifice and I just started crying. Suddenly, I realized that everything was just build-up, everything was leading up to that moment. Everything’s that happened to him led him to that exact moment, to make that sacrifice. So, the book was redeemed which made me understand why it won Pulitzer Prize. Buy this book: Amazon | Book Depository
So… that’s it! That’s 5 books that made me really really cry and I loved it. Sometimes, we just need to cry over a book and it helps us deal with other things that make us want to cry.
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