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On this week’s Booking Through Thursday:

What was the most emotional read you have ever had?

The older I get, the more prone to tears when reading or watching movies. I am a sensitive person, but when I was younger, I didn’t really cry or feel emotional as easily as I do now when reading.

There have been a couple of emotional reads, but I can’t name in which I outright balled or became verklempt. Or maybe there was, I’ve blocked it out from my memory. I don’t really sob for books though.

In recent reads, I became a bit teary when reading Little Women. I tend to get emotional for children’s or young adult books: certain scenes in Harry Potter (“Always”), the end of His Dark Materials, Watership Down I think. I also find Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go seems to really touch me.

I do have a lot of feelings for books in general. The best ones are the ones you remember having any positive or deep feeling about. As people and especially as a woman, one remembers the emotions things illicit in us more than anything. I remember how evocative Anna Karenina or One Hundred Years of Solitude was when I read them.

What were your emotional reads?

14 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday – Sniffle

    1. Hi Laurel! I agree that movies do tend to wring emotions out of me more than books. Actually, the most I got emotional was for a TV show! Thanks for commenting!

    1. Hi Megan! I actually found The Remains of the Day even more moving than Never Let Me Go. The book is so much more emotional than the movie though. Thanks for commenting!

  1. Watership Down is absolutely within my top ten list of favorite books. It’s a comfort read, something I pick up when I need to remember that no matter what life throws at you, you can make it, and everything will be alright. So yay for finding that included in your picks.

    His Dark Materials is the first in my response. Oh my goodness the wringer that Philip Pullman put his characters through. Here’s the rest of my picks: Five books that punch you in the heart

    1. Hi evenstarwen! I adore Watership Down and I plan on reading the additional Tales from Watership Down at some point in the near future. I completely agree that Pullman really does put his characters through the ringer (almost as much as Hardy), and I really love the trilogy, but I find it hard to reread it because of the ending. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Emotional reads? hmm. Might be like sad children’s lit of animal stories, like Where the Red Fern Grows and Charlotte’s Web or Old Yeller or something. I’m trying to think of an adult book and cant think of one at the moment. But Never Let Me Go was affecting …

    1. Hi Susan! I agree the children’s stuff tends to pull at the heart strings but when reading them as a youngster, I didn’t get the full magnitude of it. I remember finding Charlotte’s Web sad, but not as sad as I could be when I read it now. Thanks!

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