Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Today’s theme is: favorite “Aww” moments in books. More specifically, the sweet and cute moments that gave me the warm fuzzies.
I am incapable or recalling precise moments in books once I have finished reading them! Or at least not often!
So this week, what you’ll get are books that gave me all the feels! You know the one that made you ugly cry or swoon or … And I’ll illustrate with a quote!
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan : that book was the most emotional and phenomenal I have read this year!
“I came to Oxford looking for a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience. I chose to experience a lifetime.
I know that one day he will lose to the waterfall, slip behind its turbulent curtain forever, lost to me like something out of a fairy tale. But in our story, there’s no villain, no witch, no fairy godmother, no moral imperative or cautionary conclusion. No happily-ever-after.
It just is. It’s life.
The water keeps flowing as we come and go.
We were never forever, Jamie and I. Nothing is in this life. But if you love someone and are loved by someone, you might find forever after.
Whatever and wherever it is.”
The Maid by Nita Prose: I just wanted to give a warm hug to Molly
“I wasn’t one hundred percent sure what it was I’d seen. I’ve learned to doubt myself and my perceptions of the world around me. I do realize I’m different, you know, different from most. What I perceive isn’t what you perceive. Plus, people don’t always listen to me. I’m often afraid I won’t be believed, that my thoughts will be discounted. I’m just a maid, a nobody. And what I saw in that moment, it felt like a dream, but I know now that it was real. Someone with a deep motive killed Mr. Black. And that wasn’t me,” I said. I looked at Rodney then, and he looked at me. There was a look on his face that was entirely new. It was as though, for the very first time, he was seeing me for who I really am.”
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center: Katherine Center is a master in her genre! I always am brimming with emotions while reading her books!
“Then he bent down in front of me and met my eyes for the first time all day. He looked straight into my pupils until he had my full attention. Then he said, “Whether you walk again or not, I’m going to tell you the one thing I know for certain.” I blinked. “What’s that?” He took a deep breath. “It’s the trying that heals you. That’s all you have to do. Just try.”
The Not-Outcast by Tijan: sometimes Tijan gives me all the emotions like this one or In Ryan’s Bed!
“Whatever struggles a person has, going forward, what is imperative is that they have love and support. Anyone can get through anything, or it can be less frightening, less suffering, if they have a hand in theirs.”
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune: this one had my heart literally overflowing with emotions and joy!
“Why do you wish to become a bellhop?”
Chauncey grinned. “Because they get to help people.”
“And that’s what you want to do?”
His smile faded lightly. “More than anything. I know I am …” “Different”
“Just because I look the way I do doesn’t mean I can’t help people. I know some people think I am scary but I promise I am really not.”
What You Wish for by Katherine Center
“Faced with darkness, I had chosen flowers. And polka dots. And light.”
When You Come Back to Me by Emma Scott: gosh that one had me ugly cry! And horrified learning about the reformation camps!
“Holden. You deserve to be loved out loud.”
Carry the World by Susan Fanetti: that one truly is a little gem that should be better known!
“It was the first time ever he’d felt real isolation. Not even when his parents and sister died had he felt trapped on the mountain. In those weeks of illness, they’d had a doctoring man up three times, but everybody still died anyway. But sitting at the side of their bed, holding a squalling, hungry newborn, while Grace moaned and thrashed until she was quiet evermore, Jonah had hated the mountain with his whole heart.”
Someday, Someday by Emma Scott: damn these two had me sobbing and swooning! Darlene is such a worthy heroine!
“Silas Marsh walked straight into that room like the answer to a question I hadn’t known I’d been asking. A strange thought had battered itself around my heart: There he is.”
Birthday by Meredith Russo: that… was abook that destroyed me and depleted all my storage of tissues!
“I wonder if maybe I just can’t cry anymore, if maybe growing up means testosterone is running through my body like an invading army, butchering and bunting everything tender.”
Thanks for reading!