Thursday, July 4, 2013

Summer Lovin Read-a-Thon: Tears on My Pillow

  • “Tears on My Pillow” Participation Post:
    • Share a quote from your current read or tell us about a book that really pulled on your heart strings. What was it about that book/quote that made you cry? 

I have to admit that I rarely cry when reading books or watching movies or whatever. Still, there were a few that had me tearing up (when I say a few, I mean two). Here they are:
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
For this book, there was this one quote that got the waterworks running. When read in isolation, the quote actually isn't that sad. At all. But when you put it into the context of the book and what has been happening is was just so heartbreaking. And no, you don't get to know what the quote was because spoilers. Just read the book, it's amazing.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Here are two that didn't actually make me cry, but did make me feel really heartbroken.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Will. That poor, poor kid. I just felt so sorry for him pretty much through the entire Clockwork Prince and most of Clockwork Princess. Things just never go right for him :( There was this one scene that was so heartbreaking where something happens to Jem (trying not to spoil) and it was just the worst seeing it from Will's point of view. People who have read the book probably know which scene this is.

Flawed by Kate Avelynn
The ending of this one was so powerful. And completely gut-wrenching. Don't want to say anymore because #nospoilers

This topic has come at such a good time, because in fact, just the other day I read a book that had me sobbing like a crazy woman. Let's just clarify that this doesn't happen too often to me either. I haven't actually cried from a book since reading The Fault in Our Stars in 2012, usually I just get that feeling of a massive lump in your throat. So without further ado, the book that I highly recommend, but had me wracked with sobs and left me a mooshy fragile mess afterwards, was (you can probably see the picture but) FORBIDDEN by Tabitha Suzuma.

It's about a forbidden (duh) love between a brother and sister who see each other as best friends. And it's obviously a tragedy, it says in the blurb that there can be no happy ending for them, and yet it still blew me away. It's so poignant, very VERY well written and an addictive read.

Although there are many quotes, I think I'll do this book more justice by linking you to the book trailer which although doesn't make me cry like the book, definitely gives me that lump in the back of the throat feeling.

Challenge 4: Book Spine Poetry
Hosted by Oh Chrys!
All you have to do is create a poem, spanning any topic or length using the titles on book spines. You then take a photo of them all stacked up and ready to read! Of course, if you are unable to do that, you can make a text based poem, being sure to link the titles to Goodreads so we can scope out the book! You do not have to use only books you are reading for Summer Lovin’ or summer-themed books!

Okay this is probably incredibly lame, but oh well! It was pretty fun trying to put this together. 

Don't turn around.
Where she went the sky is everywhere - 
A thousand splendid suns
breaking dawn on every street,
The last wild almost
gone with the wind. 


  1. Oh wow, a lot of people have said that The Fault in Our Stars is really tear-jerking. I really have to get around to reading it!

    Loved the poem! I got this really vivid imagery of a sunset playing off bits of broken glass floating in the air.

  2. I have read the Hate List and LOVE it. It's one of my favourites. I'm curious to know which quote made you cry! Can you send it to my email?

    Your poem is amazing. I have seen a couple of people using Gone with the Wind. I almost used it too but in the end it didn't really fit to my poem ^^

    Here's my poem:

  3. Fault in Our Stars was a really good book :) I enjoyed your book spine poetry.

  4. I love the poem, especially the imagery of the sky and sounds sort of hopefully, and speaks of freedom and independence and energy and like anything could happen :)

  5. Incredibly lame? Pfft. That is amazing! I got the same interpretation as Katja did. It really has compelling imagery.

  6. Your book spine poetry is so lovely! Forbidden is on my TBR list, but I'm so terrified to read because I feel like I'm going to be sobbing like mad by the end of it.

  7. That poem is amazing. I love it so much. Ugh, The Fault in Our Stars practically killed me, especially that letter at the end!

  8. You're poem isn't lame at all! It's really great. I love how it flows together :)