So this is quite random, but when I finish a book that I absolutely adored, I tend to hug it at the end….and sometimes shed a few tears. It’s in those moments I feel lost, because where do you go at the end? How do you move on? There have been some occasions where I start re-reading the book all over again because I find it too hard to move on. Sometimes I will throw myself into a new world, still reeling from the last one. I have therefore compiled a small list of books I have hugged, with the small hope that you may want to hug them too.
The Lovely Bones – by Alice Sebold
This book was recommended to me long before the movie came out. Just a minor digression, my cat has decided to sleep on the above mentioned book which is/was in front of me…Thanks for your help Peanut! Back to what I was saying, I shed quite a few tears at the end of this one because it is such a sad but beautiful story. For those of you who aren’t familiar, this is the story of a young girl, Susie, who was tragically murdered by a man from her neighbourhood and goes on to show the aftermath of her death from her point of view. Susie is watching from heaven and sees how her friends and family cope in the aftermath of her death; watches as they try to reassemble their lives now that she is gone. This book had me absolutely hooked and it was a massive roller coaster of emotions. It definitely gets you thinking about death and what happens when you die, so for those who don’t like sombreness in your stories, you may want to steer clear. This is definitely one of my favourites however and it gets a hug every time I re-read it.
The Deathly Hallows – J.K.Rowling
Of course this book gets a hug at the end! I tend to slow down reading towards the end of it because I know it is coming to an end and I don’t want to face that. As I have mentioned before, HP always gets a mention on every list. And it isn’t because it’s the “in” thing to love…It seriously is one of the most imaginative worlds that we would all love to live in. The end of this series is bittersweet, because you are happy that all is well but also because that’s it. No more. Unless you read the Cursed Child which I am still undecided about. 100 points to Gryffindor!!
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
This was definitely one book I did not expect I would hug at the end, but there you go, I did. I absolutely love Jane. Such a strong, independent woman who doesn’t let a man define who she is. She is loyal and loves with every inch of her heart. I get goosebumps when I think of the line “reader, I married him”. Who could not get a whole lot of feelings with that one beautiful sentence! At the end, I hugged this book and cried some happy tears. If you haven’t read this one, it is a must for your TBR pile.
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
I know that this book received quite varied reviews, but I have to say that I loved this book. I felt like I was at the Night Circus, the sights and sounds were beautifully portrayed and just the overall feeling of “other”. I am also a massive sucker for a love story, and this is quite a different sort of love story but to me it was one of the most beautiful I have read. This book got a massive hug from me.
Allegiant – Veronica Roth
A small tip – if you plan on reading this, please don’t google it. You will get MASSIVE spoilers and that just makes the whole thing not fun (unless you are like me and like to read the end of a book first…but that’s a different story). I am still quite conflicted about this series. For one, I don’t think they should have split the one book into two movies. I think that was very silly, and it is a shame that it is going to go unfinished. I hug this book at the end because of my conflicted feelings. Pretty weird, but if you have read the series you will understand. I was BAWLING at the end of this book, and I got a massive book hangover…full of confusion and going through reading quotes and then crying all over again. No spoilers from me, so I will leave it there. Just one more thing though, Four is hot.
Outlander (also known as Cross Stitch) – Diana Gabaldon
If you are after an epic love story, go no further. I have pointed a few people towards this book because it is such an adventure. Sure, sometimes you want to kick Claire because of how strong-willed she is, but I think that is also why she is one of my favourite female characters. Her mouth can get her in trouble and she is quite stubborn, but she is such a strong woman who has had to undergo ALOT of change in a very small amount of time. And she handles the situation with a clear head and logic. I could never do that! To be honest, I would probably lay down to die somewhere because I could not hunt for food or use plants for medicine. I am also quite lazy, so having to go out and do stuff without technology…it makes me shiver. Anyway, this one book kind of feels like a whole heap of stories in one. There are many highs and lows throughout, and at the end you definitely feel a bit exhausted. But it is totally worth it, because Jamie Fraser is awesome, it is based in Scotland which is awesome and you actually learn a lot about the bloody Scottish/English history. I hug this book because…well, it’s awesome.
Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas
I finished this book recently (see earlier review) and oh the turmoil!!!! Because it is new and there are people who have not read EoS yet, I won’t give too much away. But let me just say this. I love all the characters in this series, and have become attached to them. When something affects them, it affects me. This book has proven to me that reading isn’t always a relaxing hobby. I will hug this book for the rest of my life (because I am going to re-read it a thousand times, especially before the next book comes out).
So there you have it, those are the books I hug. I’m sure there will be plenty more that I will hug in the future, I can’t wait to read them! Do you hug your books or is it just me? If so, let me know which ones you have a tendency to hug 🙂