This Sunday tag is created and run by Steph over at A Little But A Lot. There are some very interesting and fun prompts coming up this autumn so check it out. Today’s topic is 6 books that gave me the feels. This is a heavy topic. I mean, what type of feels are we talking about? it is the good feeling or the sad feeling? What about the creepy feeling and the weirded-out feeling? Does those count? I’m not sure. I’ve added books to this list which are mostly related to crying both sad and happy, but I’ve also included some other feels too 🙂 Enjoy
Let’s dive into the list of my 6 books that gave me the feels 🙂
Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Oh wow!! This book!! wow!! I got the feels alright! Not only did I cry both sad tears and happy tears, but the main characters cries a lot too. Darius referees to it as stress hormones. It’s so sweet! Yes Darius has depression and struggles to make friends, but he has a love for tea and a great family. I already have my eyes on the sequel but I think I need more tissues for that.
Highly recommended feel good, international travel book 🙂
Darius Kellner doesn’t make friends easily. He gave up on the Boy Scouts years ago—to his father’s lasting disappointment—and after being diagnosed with depression, he quit the neighborhood soccer club, too. As the only Persian boy at his Portland high school, he’s an easy target for Trent Bolger and his Soulless Minions of Orthodoxy.
Then Darius goes to Iran for spring break (and despite what the Soulless Minions of Orthodoxy say, it’s not to join ISIS). He’s visiting his mother’s hometown, Yazd, to meet his family—and his ailing grandfather—for the first time. But Darius speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows the Silmarillion better than the Shahnameh. Even surrounded by Persians, he can’t fit in.
Not until he meets Sohrab Rezaei, his grandparents’ Bahá’í neighbor. Darius is drawn to the lonely boy who helps water his grandfather’s fig trees, and the two strike up a tentative friendship, filling their days with pick up soccer, trips to the Jameh Mosque, and walks through Dowlatabad Garden.
But things in Iran are far from perfect. Darius’s grandfather’s health is failing. His dad is more distant than ever. And when Sohrab faces family issues of his own, Darius is powerless to help—or to hold their hard-won friendship together.
But he still has to try.
Julian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love
This is a 80 page picture book… and yes I cried… Yup! That me, crying my eyes out at this one page were Julian figures it all out. Wow! Very emotional. So I bought it 🙂
I feel this is the type of book that it either moves you to tears or you don’t get it.
While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a periwinkle curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes—and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.
Grief It A Thing With Feathers by Max Porter
This is funny, heartbreaking and weird all wrapped up in one. I had all the feels!! all of them! in one book. I did listen to it on audiobook which really blew me away. The narrator did a really good job with the voices. If you are considering this book, try the audiobook! So worth it!
In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.
In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow – antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This self-described sentimental bird is attracted to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. As weeks turn to months and physical pain of loss gives way to memories, this little unit of three begin to heal.
In this extraordinary debut – part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief, Max Porter’s compassion and bravura style combine to dazzling effect. Full of unexpected humour and profound emotional truth, Grief is the Thing with Feathers marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent.
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter To The World by Ashley Herring Blake
This middle grade queer story really made me happy and shed a tear at the end. I was feeling happy for days afterwards and it really stuck with me. Also there was something about all the art references that gave this story so much colour, just like the cover. It was wonderful!
When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen’s house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm–and what’s worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.
Mysteriously, Ivy’s drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks–and hopes–that this someone might be her classmate, another girl for whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Will Ivy find the strength and courage to follow her true feelings?
I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya
Vivek Shraya has this special ability to find the perfect words for everything! I was siting there yelling “YES! That’s how I felt!” for everything related to feminism. She made me feel it with her perfect choice in words. I want to read everything by her but here in the UK I struggle to get my hands on her stuff apart from I’m Afraid of Men. She just has a way with word that is so worth reading! The book is tiny too and won’t take much of your time.
Highly recommended 🙂
A trans artist explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl—and how we might reimagine gender for the 21st century
Vivek Shraya has reason to be afraid. Throughout her life she’s endured acts of cruelty and aggression for being too feminine as a boy and not feminine enough as a girl. In order to survive childhood, she had to learn to convincingly perform masculinity. As an adult, she makes daily compromises to steel herself against everything from verbal attacks to heartbreak.
Now, with raw honesty, Shraya delivers an important record of the cumulative damage caused by misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia, releasing trauma from a body that has always refused to assimilate. I’m Afraid of Men is a journey from camouflage to a riot of colour and a blueprint for how we might cherish all that makes us different and conquer all that makes us afraid.
Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green
This gave me a very different feel than the others. I felt very aware of food and body size during and after reading it. I have never had an eating disorder however this still affected me. I didn’t do anything about the feels when I was eating or anything, but I still felt what it might be like.
This is a 500+ page graphic novel which makes the book even more special. Again highly recommended 🙂
Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She’d sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she’d have to eat it for breakfast.
But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behavior might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly.
Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the vulnerable, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.
What do you think?
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