S4S: Books That Made You Feel

This is my first time doing Six for Sunday, so bear with me here. Six for Sunday is a meme hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot. This week’s topic is books that made me feel.


  1. Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park
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This was one of the first books I remember really making me cry hard. It’s about a little girl whose brother dies in a bike accident.

2. Rain by Kirsty Gunn

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This book’s ending was almost sadistically downbeat.

3. Beside the Sea by Veronique Olmi

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Another kick-you-in-the-balls bleak ending.

4. Free as a Bird by Gina McMurchy-Barber

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Emotionally grueling but ultimately hopeful historical novel about the treatment of a girl with Down Syndrome in an institution.

5. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

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Both this book and it’s sequel are worth reading for kids and adults alike.

6. King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

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I’ve read three books by this author but this is definitely my favorite.

6. Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey

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This book was devastating. Why is Irish literature so damn depressing?

7. Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

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Heartbreaking family drama and supernatural horror combined into one slim, potent package.

8. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

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Kate DiCamillo is one of my favorite children’s writers, and this is one of her best books.

9. Home by Toni Morrison

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This was a brilliant book but I’m kind of afraid to read more of Toni Morrison’s work. This one was so hard on my heart.

10. The Box Children by Sharon Wyse

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You will hate the parents in this book so much. I loved this book’s protagonist and I wish this author had written more than one novel.

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