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The problem with this topic is that if I think a book is going to leave me sorrowful, I will usually run away as fast as I can. Stay away from me, heartrending modern literary fiction! I have garlic and a rosary! I do not like sad stories.
The problem with this post is that I am hopped up on coffee and in a flaming hurry. (Yes, I did just curse in Wheel of Timeish.) Pardon me if I come off more hyper than usual.
1. Anna Karenina by Lev Tolstoy. Anna, Anna, you may have wrought your own problems but I hurt for you anyway.
2. Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy. Jack Foley, I loved you. And I can't believe what you did. I just. Cannot believe. What you did.
3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. This was more than heartbreak—it was ravaging. Handle with care.
4. Animal Farm by George Orwell. Mean, mean, mean pigs.
5. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. As far as I remember, this was the first book I'd ever read in which a key character died. I loved the story, but it was horribly sad.
6. Emily's Quest by L.M. Montgomery. Yeah, so it had a happy ending pasted on. I still felt sad for Dean, and for all those years Emily was alone without good reason.
7. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis. Heartbreaking because Orual never feels beautiful or loved—but it did have a good ending.
8. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni. Another happy ending that was reached by far, far too much suffering.
9. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. I loved Lavrans, and it hurt like mad to watch what Kristin did to him. Also, I couldn't bear Erlend.
10. Bambi by Felix Salten. Incredibly beautiful and poignant, but not really a happy book—and it's hard not to break one's heart over Gobo.
Ah, so much pain and suffering. I might just have to go re-read the epilogue of Harry Potter to cheer myself up. :D But in all seriousness, this list only contains books that I thought at least somewhat worth the read.
What books have broken your heart?