Thursday, October 7, 2010

Books that bring on emotions

This morning I was away early enough (before 5am..ugh)  to go for a run but am currently resting my leg since it's hurting, so instead I took a bath and read.  Perfect start to a new work day.    So I got in the tub to soak and grabbed Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr since it's my current read.   I'm reading along, happy as a clam, when something happens in the book that caused me to get emotional.  Emotional as in I was crying a bit and sniffling and put the book down for a minute.

The Virgin River series by Robyn Carr often has me doing this.  To met this is a sign of a great book/series.  I'm so invested in the characters and feel so close to them, that when things happen I feel the same emotions they do.  I often find myself smiling while reading these books, sometimes I'm also sniffling and reaching for the tissues.

There are some tough topics in these books, one in particular that is hard for me to read.  Yet, I keep coming back for more.   I just adore these books.  I can't tell you that the writing is the best out there, I find fault sometimes with it, but the characters make the book.  You want to move to Virgin River and go to Jack's bar for dinner.  You want to talk to Mel and the other ladies and become instant friends with them.  You want to be surrounded by all these men that would protect you in a heartbeat.

It's books like these that make me fall in love with reading all over again.

Do you have a book like this?  Or a series that does this for you?


Marce said...

What a great post, I love getting emotional also. I prefer the get angry at characters, the author has did great when that happens.

I love when I laugh out loud or smile also.

A great way to start your day for sure. I don't know about 5am though, lol. I go to sleep most nights at 1am from reading, I couldn't possibly wake at 5.

bermudaonion said...

Wow, I know a lot of people love that series, but I had no idea it was so emotional.

Kris said...

Marce - I like getting angry at characters sometimes too. haha! 5am is early...but I've always been an early bird. That just means I'm in bed around 9pm. lol!

Bermudaonion - This series is an emotional one for me, I buddy read it with two others and they get emotional too. There's just something about it.

Mary said...

I love the VR series (and pretty much every other book by Robyn Carr).
Two books that recently surprised me by making me emotional: Your Roots Are Showing by Elise Chidley; Sleeping With Ward Cleaver by Jenny Gardiner. They are filled with humor but also some strong emotion. Loved them both.
Interesting topic!

Lover of Books said...

I read Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett. It definitely made me mad or at least one of the characters. lol Emotional books are good too!


Mel said...

What a wonderful post. I guess for me a series like this has been the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series. Like you say with this one, the writing is not always brilliant but I do find myself cheering and crying along with the characters - they are wonderful stories.

Hope your leg is better soon :)

Thoughts of Joy said...

I have the first one in this series and have only heard raving reviews. Have you read any of Debbie Macomber books? If so, how do they compare? I am not a big fan of the genre, in general, but enjoy one every now and then.

Kris said...

Mary - glad to hear you like the other's other books. I read the Grace Valley trilogy first and fell in love, I haven't read her stand alone books yet though. I'll have to look up those two books, thanks for mentioning them.

Krista - The Lorna Barrett books are good for at getting one angry aren't they?

Mel - Glad to know of others who get emotional with this series. haha! I've only listened to the first to Outlander books, the second really dragged for me. I'll have to listen to the third soon and see what I think/feel.

Thoughts of Joy - I've read most of the Blossom Street books and listened to a couple of the Cedar Cove books by Macomber. When I read the Grace Valley trilogy I compared it to Macomber and thought them similar. With the Virgin River series...Carr has far surpassed Macomber in my mind. I am much more attached to the characters and more emotional with them. I can't read the Macomber books back to back..but have a feeling I could with the Carr books. I hope you enjoy the first VR book when you read it.

Thoughts of Joy said...

Thanks, Kris. I like the idea of getting attached to characters in a series. It's so much fun to revisit them. It didn't happen for me in the Blossom series.

Literary Feline said...

This sounds like a special series, Kris. I love it when a book touches me on an emotional level. One book in particular stands out that I read last month. It mirrored so close to what I am going through right now as well as some past experiences, such as losing a friend to cancer.

I hope your leg is feeling better, Kris!

Kris said...

Literary Feline - so glad you had a special book last month too. Sometimes the emotional ones are really hard to read, but they are so worth it. leg is better and I was able to run a 5k on Saturday (and came in 1st for my age group! and 3rd female over-all! super excited about that).

Kris said...

Thoughts of Joy - I liked the Blossom series, but didn't get attached to the characters either. So maybe you'll experience that with the VR series like I did. Fingers crossed.

Literary Feline said...

Kris, that's wonderful! Congratulations for doing so well on the run! I hope you did something to celebrate.

Kris said...

Literary Feline - Thanks! we had a family dinner after the race, so while it wasn't a celebration at least I got a good meal. haha! I did get an award and a $10 gc for a local running store though, so that made me really excited.