My screenwriting professor taught me that people go to the movies in order to feel something. I think the same can be said for books, especially fiction. I’ve read felt things about many different books, so I think it’s time for a list. Here are some of the book feels I’ve had, which I will add to as I continue to read and remember things that I may have missed. And feel free to share some of your book feels in the comments!
Books that get you so excited you can’t help but make strange, high-pitched noises
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Books that have, at any time, made you laugh out loud.
- Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
- Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare (particularly the lines, “You have undone our mother”/”No, I have done your mother”)
Ugly Cry Books
Books that bring out the waterworks.
- A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
Books that are so dull/incomprehensible/just plain bad that you can’t finish reading them and they spend time just lying on the floor.
- The Mind of Your Story by Lisa Lenard-Cook
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
Books so upsetting you have screamed or thrown them across the room while reading.
- Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
- Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
- My Antonia by Willa Cather
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling