Today I want to start a new series: Keky Recommends. I will post new blogs every so often, and what I will do is, given a topic or theme, I will recommend some books that in a way or another were dear to me.
Today’s topic is emotionally draining books. By emotional I both mean that the book made me cry or that it made me feel more strongly than expected. Some of these books are sad, some are happy, and they are all fairly popular. So here we go.
- Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare. This overall trilogy was really good, but the last half of the third book is very dear to me. I read this book in a little more than a day, and especially the epilogue left me drained. It was a true cathartic experience. How Cassie describes the bond between the three main characters is beautiful and heart-wrenching, but also heart-warming.
- Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. Whether or not you find this book controversial, I thought the bioethical topic it discussed was interesting and realistic. This is a tale of discovery about one-self, and I liked seeing Lou grow. The ending was really emotional but at the same time I ‘understood’.
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. This story is tragic, and there is no excuse nor beating around the bush about it. I read this one almost seven years ago, and I am planning on re-reading it. I read it in one night, and after it I did not read anything for a month, its effect was so powerful.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling. I have read this book nine or ten times and it still makes me really emotional. Especially the last chapters with Dumbledore after the happenings at the Ministry of Magic. I think this book shows Harry’s struggles with his own history and identity, and it is so well done that you truly feel with him.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky. I read this one in a particular moment in my life, where I saw everything through a dark lens. The soundtrack and the hope that this book gave me made me feel a little bit of light, re-teaching me how to appreciate the small things.
- Heir of Fire, by Sarah J. Maas. I have a particular attachment with this one. There is a
particular scene that, when I read it, it seemed to me so real that I completely identified with it. What made me emotional was the deep understanding and loathing of one-self that is then turned into acceptance. Beautiful.
- A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas. The last few chapters killed me. I could not read all of this book in one sitting because I was so scared something was going to happen to the characters that I could not bring myself to read on. It made me feel angry, exhilarated and sad all at once.
- Dragonfly in Amber, by Diana Gabaldon. The last few chapters of this one take a big emotional toll on anyone who reads it. Desperation among other things is what I felt the most; but I also understood how strong and strange real love is.
Here are my recommendations for books emotionally draining. Please comment and let me know what other books you have read that made you feel particularly emotional, I am curious to know!
Until next time,