Welcome to Top Three Thursday! This is a weekly feature I’ve decided to host from this day forward.  A day where I can post a short list on different topics I’ve been thinking about.  The focus this time out is: BOOKS WHICH MADE ME EMOTIONAL!

I have to admit I’m not an emotional guy anymore.  Once I was a daydream believer who would get teary eyed watching a sad movie.  Now, after twenty years in the legal field, it takes A LOT to upset me.  My stoic sensibilities in full force when it comes to fictional situations, because, ultimately, I always know it is all make believe.

The reason I explained all that is so you understand this was a difficult topic for me to pick.  A theme which made me dig deep in my memory and my reading list to find three books which truly emotionally tugged at my heart, my soul.  And here were the top three books which I can honestly say emotionally touched me in one way or another.

prince of thorns3. PRINCE OF THORNS 

When I piked up Mark Lawrence’s grimdark extravaganza, I had heard all the differing sides of the narrative.  One group said the book breathed fresh air into the stuffy world of fantasy.  Another derided the book as a gore-fest where women were raped and brutality was glorified.  All of the arguing just made me curious, so I read the book and was shocked by the complexity of this story.  Suffice it to say I was so emotionally jarred by the experience I wrote a very long review, which you can read here.

Purchase Prince of Thorns at Amazon 

the road2. THE ROAD

Unlike Prince of Thorns, I’d never heard of this novel when I first saw it, decided to read it.  What I experienced in the narrative was a horrifying descent into a post-apocalyptic world where one father is doing all he can to save his only child from the brutality of a world gone mad.  Perhaps the fact I had young sons at this point in my life is why this story tore me up emotionally, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I had nightmares for days after finishing this, because I couldn’t get the images of this book out of my mind.

Purchase The Road at Amazon

lord of the rings1. THE LORD OF THE RINGS  

Every single time I read Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece I tell myself I’m not going to get upset and tear up at the ending.  Every single time I find myself coming to love every one of these characters, wanting them to have a happy ending.  I know it’s foolish of me to feel like that.  I mean, I have read this story over and over again; it isn’t like the ending is going to be any different this time around.  Yet every single time I want to cry when I close the book: partly tears of sorrow and partly tears of joy.

Purchase The Lord of the Rings: One Vol. Editionat Amazon 

So what are some books which made you emotional?

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  1. Great choices–and I completely agree! All three of those definitely stirred up a variety of emotions for me as well. Much as you said, it takes a lot to really make an impact on my sometimes, but I’d say these are some strong choices that would do that.


  2. jakeescholl says:

    Prince of Thorns is one of the best fantasies in recent memory. Proves that “Grimdark” can still touch you with emotion and doesn’t have to be a mindless gore fest. .. Also still need to read The Road. Haven’t in been in the mood for it. But someday I will be.


  3. No matter how many times I re-read the LOTR, closing the book feels like saying farewell to a group of friends, so I understand perfectly what you mean…

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