Wads of Tissue Summer
I like to call the past few months my Wads of Tissue Summer. It seemed like I was consistently finding myself in a public place when I encountered an especially heartwarming or heartbreaking scene in the book I was reading. More than once I had to scrounge around in my purse for a tissue or three and try to make it look not so obvious that I was all choked up about something. My ten and twelve year old daughters got to the point where they would roll their eyes and say, “Another wad of tissues book, Mom? Really?” My response was always, “We really need to read this together,” or “Your teacher would love this book, trust me.”
Now not all of the books I read were tearjerkers. The list included picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction along with professional development titles. As I was looking through my GoodReads account and chatting with my daughters about their favorite reads of the summer, I realized that it was going to be almost impossible to whittle my list down to only ten titles. After much consideration, here are my Top Ten Favorite Reads from the Wads of Tissue Summer, rated in number of wads of tissue used on a scale from 1-5, with five being the most wad-worthy:
Bigger than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder
Divergent/Insurgent by Veronica Roth
I do think that Insurgent is the better book of the two, simply because the stakes are so much higher and the ending – well, I won’t give it away, but suffice it to say that I can’t wait for the third book! These books didn’t cause me to pull out the tissues, but were a favorite read none-the-less.
Innocent Darkness (Aether Chronicles, Book One) by Suzanne Lazear
The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polishner
Zero wads required for this reading.
Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman
I fell in love with this book from the very first reading. It has just the right mix of humor and sensibility. Ms. Dyckman is such a funny and kind person, she even sent a package of goodies to my 10 year old and included extras for our local children’s librarian! I’m determined to find a way to incorporate this title into my class curriculum somewhere this year. The reading of this book required zero wads of tissue.
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
This is a book that helps readers of all ages better understand the lives of those who are limited physically but not mentally. Out of My Mind earned a four wad rating.
See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles
I put off reading this title until later in the summer because I knew it was a tear-jerker. Reviews along with people on Twitter and Facebook all said that a totally unexpected plot twist happened and to make sure to have a box of tissues handy. After reading three other titles that had me wallowing in soggy tissues in public, I was hesitant to add a fourth title to my Wads of Tissue summer. The book kept beckoning to me as I would peruse my TBR piles for something new to read. I finally picked up See You at Harry’s and began reading. And it did not disappoint. Talk about reminding me how precious family and every single person’s life is makes me all teary-eyed as I type this. I won’t give away what happens, let me just say that I’m going to go hug my girlies just because I can. Everyone should read this book at some point. See You at Harry’s earns a 5+ wad rating.
One for the Murphy’s by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Wonder by R.J. Palacio