Yesterday a couple blog friends were talking about a book on Twitter. I caught the middle of the conversation focused on how Spaz P threw the damn book across the room. Being a reading masochist, I couldn’t help but ask what book. She and Nat (Wicked Lil Pixie) were chatting about the fantastic agony-inducing Zodiac series by Vicki Pettersson, specifically the fourth book City of Souls. Hearing that a plot twist would cause a reader to throw a book made me what this book on my to-read list. (I’ve added the first Zodiac novel The Scent of Shadows to my to-buy list.)
It got me thinking about how most of my favorite books get me so invested in their characters that when the author begins to make their lives hell — including traumatic breakups, bad decisions and an overwhelming inability to say the wrong thing — it hurts. You want to jump in and fix things.
I’ve talked before about how Richelle Mead does this. It’s the reason she’s one of my favorite authors. When I read the end of Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid #3), I cried and wanted to toss that book on the floor.
I know I’m not alone on this one. A few friends have chimed in on their Throw-The-Book Moments:
Now it’s your turn. Tell us, what cringe-worthy, heartbreaking, evil plot twist had you wanting to chuck a beloved book across the room? (Yes, we’re only talking about the ones you love so much you want to throw them, not crappy books!)