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Books that Touch Your Soul

1LShelby
Mar 2, 2023, 3:39 pm

I think I'll start with the question first:

Are there books that deeply touch you?
If yes, what kind of books are they?

The reason I thought to ask this question was because I read a book today and cried through half of it, when books almost never make me cry at all. I found myself thinking: "I don't think that most people would expect me to get teary over this."

And that made me wonder if maybe the stuff that people expect other people to be deeply moved by, isn't what people really are moved by.

So now I'm curious. :)

2paradoxosalpha
Mar 2, 2023, 4:46 pm

Four books that made me cry:
Four Freedoms by John Crowley
The Chess Garden by Brooks Hansen
Wonders Will Never Cease by Robert Irwin
The Overstory by Richard Powers
All of these have to do with limitation and loss, at least on some level.

3LShelby
Mar 7, 2023, 12:55 pm

>2 paradoxosalpha: "All of these have to do with limitation and loss, at least on some level."

Your one work of fiction so far, ends with loss also, right? Perhaps not a coincidence?

There seems to be a predominance of history based fiction in that list, also. Is that because most of your reading is in that area, or does a real-world tie-in make it hit harder for you?

It does for me.
But I tend to cry more over happy stories, and what touches me the most is when people have been doing something wrong and they finally get their act together and fix the problems they have caused.

So I was crying over A Life on our Planet, but not the bit where David Attenborough talks about how biodiversity is declining disastrously. Instead I cry over the bits where he points out places where we've started to fix some stuff. I also cry over rewilding videos, and a documentary on creating nature under/over passes as part of an interstate construction project in the Rockies, so that animal populations will have a wider range of motion. (This is very important for the health of the ecosystem.)

But I don't want to try writing those kinds of documentaries myself.

And although it clearly touches me, I don't know that I can say that it's my favorite thing to read.

Are "A book that touches me deeply" and "My favorite kind of book" not always equivalent?