For someone who loves books, I get proper PROPER feels surprisingly rarely when I’m reading. Mostly I get them from a cheeky wee romance, but a particularly brutal twist or a powerful message can do it as well. Here’s six books that managed.
The Singing – Alison Croggon
The Pellinor series made me feel A Lot in general, but the slowburn romance undercurrent that culminates in The Singing genuinely had me sitting with my nose nearly touching the pages on the train until I finished.
Also the surprise romance at the end. INJECT IT DIRECTLY INTO MY VEINS.
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
I tend to be disappointed by books that come to me hugely hyped because my expectations are astronimocally high, but I quickly became very heavily invested in this ragtag bunch and their escapades. I still haven’t read the second one in the series to my eternal shame because the end of this one did Things to me.
Also: I ship it. Hard.
Mary’s the Name – Ross Sayers
Oh, Mary. You broke my heart entirely from beginning to end, with your innocence and your relationship with your Granpa and the way I saw your story unfold through your eight-year-old narrative. Emotionally ruined.
Ironside – Holly Black
The romance between Kaye and Roibin had me grinning like an absolute dickhead all the way through Tithe so the continuation of it in Ironside was just DELICIOUS. It’s been long enough since I read it that I’m dying to pick it up again so I can relive the joy.
Blaze – Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
More of a thriller than a typical Stephen King horror, Blaze made me feel like I’d been roundhouse kicked in the solar plexus by the time I’d reached the end. What a journey.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
This book made me angry, made me uncomfortable, made me question myself and made me want to educate people. Everyone should read THUG.
Because it’s pretty rare for me to get Proper Feels from a book, I’m always looking for something that’s going to sucker punch me. I’m going to be browsing other blogs to find recs!