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Top Ten Tuesday – Love taker don’t you mess around with me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they come up with a topic and invite whoever wants to add their own list to their own blog.

This Top Ten Tuesday is the Top Ten Books That Broke Your Heart A Little.

This year The Broke and Bookish decided to go anti-Valentine’s and yeah… I’ve been there myself. I’m not sure if I want to go back… but here goes!

Books have a special way of affecting us like nothing else. Sure, movies can be heartbreaking, but after you leave the theater or turn your TV off, you’re usually done. Books, on the other hand, leave you shattered into tiny pieces and you can spend the rest of the day sitting in your recliner and staring off into space wondering just how you’re going to put yourself back together.

It might seem a little painful to talk about, but here are the top ten books that broke my heart a little:

Princess Diaries: Princess on the Brink

Whose heart DIDN’T break a little bit when Mia and Michael broke up? Here I was, following tra la la along with Mia and Michael and then bam! They break up. I’m not gonna lie, my heart was just as shattered as Mia’s, despite me wanting to slap her for dumping Michael and her ridiculous “virginity is so precious” nonsense. (I do not condone losing one’s virginity, her opinion of it was just ridiculous)

The Sky is Everywhere

This didn’t really break my heart a little. It ripped it out of my chest and tossed it onto a hockey rink and let them use it as a puck. Okay. That was weird. But seriously, this book broke my heart and healed it and then broke it again.


While the end slightly healed my heart, this book pulled a Harry Potter and killed like everyone, thus breaking it. Which leads me to my next book…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

That scene where Harry is going to die and his parents come back and he asks if it’s going to hurt. That scene. THAT SCENE. Heartbreaking.


Now, we all know what happened when I read this (throwage) but it’s not because I hated it. No, I really did love this book. It was because it broke my heart. It was like the best third date and when it was getting close to being over and it was getting time to invite him in for coffee and he says that he doesn’t think it’s working, shakes my hand and walks away, leaving me dumbfounded at the door. That’s what Delirium was like for me. That’s what gets you thrown across the room.

Ella Enchanted

Although this had such a happy ending, having Charmont mad at Ella during the time in the book majorly broke my heart. How can such a perfect relationship not be perfect?

The Mortal Instruments

I’m sure Jace Whateverhesgoingbythesedays has broken my heart at some point. I mean, that is kind of what makes him sexy as all get out, but there was some definite heartbreaking involved in these books! Also I did get a little heartbroken over Alec and Magnus… They were my favorite and shouldn’t be let to break up.

New Moon

Haha, just kidding. Actually, I’m not. Although I’ve sort of lost my “ohmigoshthiseriesissofantastic” sense of this series, the scene after Edward left Bella did sort of tear me up. I don’t think I’ll ever feel the way I felt when I turned the page of the chapter that said “September” (or was it “October”… I dunno) and there was nothing.

BSC’s Goodbye Stacey, Goodbye

I wrote about my emotional breakdown over this book for last week’s Retro Reads Thursday. Seriously, this was heartbreaking!

Anna and the French Kiss

WHAT?! How did this make this list? You know the scene where Anna and St. Clair finally FINALLY kiss and his gf sees them and he gets up and chases after her and leaves Anna alone? Yeah… about that scene… heartbreaking!

Alright… now that my heart has been torn apart, I think I’ll do a little more damage and go see what books broke your heart!

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19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Love taker don’t you mess around with me”

    1. I know, right? The first time I read that scene it literally hurt my heart and as I went through the three months of blank chapters it got worse. When I reread New Moon I literally couldn’t make myself go on to the scene where he dumps her.. it was too hard!


  1. I agree the angsty New Moon and the sorrow in Sky is Everywhere make them perfect choices. And YES also to the Mortal Instruments! Each book breaks your heart a little. And Stephanie Perkins does stomp over our hearts a little in her books.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!


    1. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, my friend! I thought I’d be majorly sad/bummed writing this list and reading others’ but it has been so interesting to compare books that broke my heart with those that broke others’ hearts. I expected a lot of us would choose the same books but it’s been surprising to see how many other books there are out there that I DIDN’T think of but am reminded that yes! my heart broke at that one scene!


  2. Yes! Yes! Yes to all! You’re so right about The Sky Is Everywhere. That book is always on my mind (and yet somehow I forgot to include it on my list). There are so many heartbreaking moments and oh my gosh, so many of them of self-inflicted. I love that book so much. And I love that you included Ella Enchanted! That is such a wonderful book. My daughter and I read it aloud together and we felt so sad at times too. Have you read any of her other books? She write great stories. We loved The Two Princesses of Bamarre too.


    1. I haven’t read anything else by her. I actually only read Ella Enchanted a few months ago – although I’ve loved the movie for years now. I’ll definitely have to check out her other books. I love that you and your daughter read it together; definitely a book I’d love to share with my kids, should there ever be any! 🙂


  3. I like your list, but I like your reasons even more. I wouldn’t have thought about adding some of these (Anna and the French Kiss, for example), but your reasons are perfect! Thanks for sharing!


  4. I CANNOT believe I forgot Harry Potter. WORST. Such a fail. Because I’d say the last 4 books in that series could have totally made a legit play for this list. And I thought of putting The Sky Is Everywhere on my list, too, but I think that was one that I love too much to say that it broke my heart. It fixed it up too well! But I do love it.
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you, my dear!! <333


    1. Ah, EPIC fail forgetting HP! But your list was good too.. 🙂 The Sky is Everywhere did a great job of fixing my heart… and I guess the rest of the books on my list fixed my heart in the end. I don’t like books that break my heart completely… although I did allow Delirium on there…


  5. I have to say, I had the major urge to throw Delirium as well !!!! (but since it was on my nook, I held it together) I am still not sure I am ready to read the next book, still a bit mad about the ending. I am all for the preservation of dreamy guys.


    1. I’m very glad you didn’t throw it since you read it on your Nook! I think my heart has healed enough to give Pandemonium a go, but I’ve been warned that there’s another crazy ending!


  6. The book that tore my hear a part – and if I’m honest had me sobbing for about 30 minutes- The Fault in Our Stars by John green. I cried. And cried. And the recommened the book to everyone I know 🙂
    The DUFF by Kody Keplinger also had me tearing up. That book is the crème de la crème of YA literatue. 🙂


  7. The book that tore my hear a part – and if I’m honest had me sobbing for about 30 minutes- The Fault in Our Stars by John green. I cried. And cried. And then recommened the book to everyone I know 🙂
    The DUFF by Kody Keplinger also had me tearing up. That book is the crème de la crème of YA literatue. 🙂


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