Terrible in a Good Way: Books that put me in Rec’ing Dilemma

Have you ever read a really great book that wrecked you on a mental and/or emotional level? Have you end up debating with yourself if you should get your book-loving friends to read it or not?

The books I’m referring to are good enough to keep you on your toes and make you form emotional attachments with the characters. But your peace of mind and worldview will be shaken since some fiction writer decided that newspaper articles just weren’t enough to give you a dose of what a messed up world we live in.

Read at your own risk. Great books and very good writers. But my friends would probably give me the evil eye for putting them through this. Here are four books that I listed under the categories of “I Read Fiction to Enjoy, not Cry” and/or “Thanks a lot for making me lose sleep and then giving me nightmares”:

A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

First book of A Song of Ice and Fire Series. This series has become so popular that references appear in mainstream media.

But in case you missed it, just note that this is a great book featuring multiple POVs that show how good the author is at his characterizations

Great, massive worldbuilding with a social system and religion and diversity of cultures.

You love a lot of the characters. However, after the end of the first book, you realize that you need to treasure them because ANYONE CAN DIE. And the death cannot even be done on the character’s own terms and there’s even no promise that it would be an “honorable” death.

Basically, if you’ve heard it happen in real life, chances are that it would happen in this book. People destroying other people’s lives. Blatant Injustice. Good people who are treated unfairly. BLATANT INJUSTICE!


But again, you have to continue with the next book because you still want to know how things will end. There are still characters you care about and you want to know what’s going to happen to them.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clarke is hired to be a companion to Will Traynor, a young man whose career took a sharp turn due to a motorcycle accident. Technically almost paralyzed from the neck down, Will is understandably unhappy with his life.

His mother hopes that bright and cheerful Lou could turn Will around.

I went in to this book expecting one thing. And I ended up getting another. It had hallmarks of being a feel-good chick lit when I started it out.

I love the two main characters and really wished them happiness together. (SIGH)

Let’s just say I spent an afternoon crying in a daze. It’s like NOOOOO but then my brain is telling me to try to accept it.

Let’s just say my reaction did not stop me from picking up the sequel. It didn’t stop my grandmother from buying a copy for herself (even though I told her the spoilers beforehand). It didn’t stop grandma from reading the second book and then watching the movie adaptation.

The story is just that good. But question is whether you want to go through a certain level of pain

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

I picked up this book because I heard good reviews about it. Too bad I didn’t read the spoilers beforehand.

It reads like a suspense thriller.

Senna wakes up in a house in the middle of an Alaskan wilderness with no way out. And she finds that another man was also kidnapped and locked in with her. That man unfortunately was her ex-lover who she stayed away from for 3 years.

They are stuck in that big house and someone is clearly playing a game with them

Honestly, this book is better than it sounds. Very emotional. I love it. But I sort-of resent the author because I can never listen to Florence and the Machine’s “Cosmic Love” without a twist in my heart

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Another great book. Very intriguing and creative concept and execution by Neal Shusterman.

In a world where pro-lifers and pro-choicers reached an accord, healthcare has gone through leaps and bounds in advancement. However, there is a reason why teens under 18 do not want the process of “unwinding”

What exactly is unwinding? This book will tell you the details. But prepare to lose some sleep

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