Bringing On The Heartache....

Monday, April 25, 2011
Happy Monday, readers! I hope every one is well rested, ready to begin their week and had a very happy holiday! I know I did.

Today's post is going to be about books that tug at the heartstrings.

Personally, I love so many different kinds of books. It doesn't matter if they are memoirs, or science fiction. I'll read anything.


Now I know most of you love a good tearjerker, who doesnt, right? But there are some books where I know I can't read them before I've even bought them. The heartwrenching ones. The books that will make me depressed for at least a day after reading them.

I read the synopsis for a novel the other day and just after reading the synopsis, I said NO I will not read this. I couldn't even get through the synopsis without tearing up.

I think it's different when you read a novel where you know the situation is fictional. And if at the end something good happens. But nonetheless, I cannot read novels that are severely depressing..

What are your thoughts? Opinions?



  1. Well, when I pick up a tear-jerker, I know I can't really handle it, but I also can't resist not buying it because I want to know what happens. I usually end up buying the book and then feeling sad for a few days! I did that with "Saving Levi".

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I'm like you. I just can't do it. I don't want to be depressed by books. Books are supposed to entertain. Some sadness is fine, but there needs to be a happy ending at least. Otherwise, no thank you. It's just not for me.

  1. I'm with you and Kelly I just can't do it. I don't mind the occasional tear-jerker moments in a piece BUT I cannot read an entire book that is quite so depressing. I come away feeling it all day. I just can't. Love me some happy endings. I'm a firm believer they are possible in real life!

  1. Like Living Dead Girl? It wasn't a tear jerker, but talk about depressing. So sad! Like the rest of you, I like at least a marginally happy ending.

  1. Interesting question. For me, it would depend on what type of "depressing" subject it was, and how much I loved the writers' prose and ability to inform me in a way that is larger than the bummer subject itself. For instance, 1984 is very harsh, but there are so many amazing ideas to chew on, that you don't even care!

  1. Ru said...:

    I think a tearjerker isn't so bad - but when a book is just brain-numbingly depressing with no end in sight, I don't even want to cry. I just kind of shut down intellectually, like, "Enough is enough already."

  1. I have a couple books like that, too. They're just too depressing.

  1. Sarah said...:

    I'm that way with movies. If it looks too depressing, I won't even attempt it. I don't seek out depressing books, but, if they're good, I'll read them. In private. Where no one can see me cry.

  1. nymfaux said...:

    I don't like *depressing* depressing...but if I'm that moved by the back cover, then I'll HAVE to get the book--I know what I'm in for, but I can't resist something so MOVING. I'll only be disappointed if it turns out to be blah instead.

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