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This month we are talking about EMOTIONAL BOOKS. The books that made me FEEL ALL THE THINGS, both positive and negative! Many thanks to Destiny @ Howling Libraries for suggesting this post topic and to my patrons for casting your votes!
My Most Emotionally Devastating Reads
This Mortal Coil (Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada
It comes as a surprise to no one that this tops my list given how much I scream about this book everywhere. Reading this book is a wild ride full of revelations and hurt hearts and tears. I am sure that the third book in the trilogy will equally destroy me, which is partially why I took my time with my re-read. (Also I was savoring it!)
King of Fools (Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody
Ace of Shades was the first time that I actually bought a physical copy of a book that I owned an eBook copy of because I loved it so much, but King of Fools rended my heart in new ways that I didn’t think was possible. It’s been a year since I read it and I still want to cry when I think about it. I love how the characters develop in the course of this series and how unafraid Foody is to emotionally devastate her readers.
Kingsbane (Empirium Trilogy #2) by Claire Legrand
Despite my not 100% loving the narrative style of this series, this book is at the top of WHAT THE EFF in terms of emotional devastation and intricate plotting. I love how this trilogy makes you question everything you thought that you read the more that you read it with its intricate web. But we need answers.
A Spark of White Fire (Celestial Trilogy #1) by Sangu Mandanna
The sequel A House of Rage and Sorrow also is emotionally devastating, but I don’t think anything can top how heartbroken the first book in the trilogy made me. The worldbuilding is beautiful and the characters have my whole heart. I AM SO INVESTED.
The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow #1) by Kalyn Joesphson
This book made me feel so seen in a time that I really needed it. I don’t talk about it often, but I suffer from MDD and this is the first time that I’ve read a book (YA or otherwise) where the main character has depression. Honestly this book made me cry a bunch because it helped me realize that so much of what I go through on a daily basis is experienced by others. Maybe one of these days I will write a post diving into how much this book means to me and the power of representation, but today isn’t the day.
My Most Rage Inducing Reads
Rule (Rule #1) by Ellen Goodlett
I swear, reading this book was like all of the things I despised about Pretty Little Liars rolled up into one package and the only good thing about this book was buddy reading it with Destiny. I found the characters one dimensional and there was little to no justification for their actions in the book. I was doomed the moment that like 85% of the plot hinged on “conflict that could easily be resolved by people communicating.”
The Babysitter’s Coven (Babysitter’s Coven #1) by Kate Williams
I think this is the worst book that I’ve ever read. From the cringey use of acronyms throughout the book to the absolutely atrocious main character & narrator, it was just all around not a good time. But then you add on the fact that the worldbuilding is essentially a find-and-replace from Buffy the Vampire Slayer with some incredibly creepy behavior from their “watcher,” it veers into I-don’t-recommend-teens-read-this territory. Or anyone, for that matter.
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
My hatred of this book goes all the way back to 2001 when it made its ways into my AP English curriculum. It’s long and needlessly wordy, with pages upon pages used to describe how the dust moves. I made it as far as the turtle chapter and then this was the first book that I ever DNF’d… I wrote my essay using Cliffsnotes and did just fine. Fun fact: I found my 19-year-old copy of this book when I moved and felt the rage rise up. Part of me wants to yeet it into the sun, another part wants to try rereading it for a blog post.
The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
To this day I don’t know where this book came from or how it wound up in my apartment. But I rue the day in 2017 that I picked this up. The main character Ani is unforgivably vapid and unrelatable, and the story is kind of flat, but I did keep reading it to find out what happened. A page turner, but not a very interesting one… which I think is somehow a feat.
Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan
I found it really difficult to motivate myself to read this book because it was boring with uneven pacing. The more that I read, the less interested I became in the book and honestly I probably would have DNFd it if it weren’t a Mortal Squad buddy read. I never reviewed this book because by the time my annoyance with what I had read subsided, the author was acting like an edgelord jerk on Twitter and I decided I didn’t want to promote the book at all. I unhauled my copy and this book will sit on my RTC shelf for all of eternity.
Basically it all boils down to the characters and whether or not I love them or hate them. My favorite books often are the ones that break my heart and emotionally devastate me; I am not sure what that says about me as a person but whatever!
What are some of your most emotional reads? Do we have any in common?
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