Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Top Ten Books Books With Characters Who Have Faced Loss

Top Ten Books With Characters Who Have Faced Loss
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out what to write for today's list.  So I went with one suggested, and I'm still not overly happy with my list.  Not that I didn't really enjoy each and every book I'm suggesting, just that there are so many to choose from that it just doesn't feel complete.  That's okay though...we'll just consider this a gateway list :)  Read one and another will be waiting just around the corner.

What's on your list?  Any you would like to add?

Happy reading!

1) If I Stay by Gayle Forman
When Mia loses everything she loves, she must find the strength and courage to live.  The audiobook was fantastic, if you're so inclined. (And the movie was pretty surprising as well :)

2) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Hannah Baker chose to end her life, and Clay Jensen is about to find out why.  Kind of a mystery, as you listen to Hannah's story with Clay, with the ultimate understanding that even the smallest actions can impact a life.

3) Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Welcome to Elsewhere, the beyond, a place to live life, if only for a short time.  Not Liz just needs to figure out how.  A quick and easy read that makes you think, makes you laugh, and makes you want to hug a loved one.

4) The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Grieving takes time and sometimes help comes in unexpected packages.  Love this one so much.

5) Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Well this says it perfectly..."Twenty Boy Summer explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer." A sad yet fulfilling summer read.

6) 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Ginny had to lose someone to find out what living really meant.  Plus she gets to travel the world like it's nobodies business.

7) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Taylor's life is crumbling around her.  Can she find the courage not to run away?  This one broke me into a million little pieces, but solidified my enduring affection for Morgan Matson.

8) Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Lou isn't known for changing the world, but she just might change Will's.  The worst possible book to read immediately after Second Chance Summer.  Puffy eyes for a week.  But Moyes's voice is fun, fresh, and heartbreakingly good.

9) The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
The Baudelaire children know a thing or two about loss...luckily they also know how important family is to survive.

10) Girl in the Arena by Lisa Haines
After losing her father to the Gladiator Sports Association, Lyn must do what she can protect her family and her honor.  Exciting, unique, and led by a strong female character.  A must-read.


  1. Great list idea - I'm glad to see the Baudelaires made your list. :)

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  2. Great list-I love Thirteen Reasons Why, it's one of my favourite books and I really like A Series of Unfortunate Events too. If I Stay is on my TBR list and I quite like the sound of 13 Little Blue Envelopes.
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