Book Hunting Expeditions Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age Reading Themes

[BHE 60] Launch of Bimonthly Theme for July/August: Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age


Myra here.

Every week, we share books that have hunted us down and found their way into our bookshelves. They may have been dropped into our doorsteps, flew to our hands from library shelves or begged to be taken home from dusty discounted bookstores.

This week is extra special as we are now launching our new bimonthly theme here in GatheringBooks. Prepare a box of tissues, dear friends as we highlight literature that speaks about Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age.

Thank you, Iphigene, for creating such masterful widgets for us.

Essentially we are looking for ‘big issues,’ ‘big ideas’ or ‘big emotions’ kind of books:

  1. Books that deal with loss, bereavement, death, grief over something/someone.
  2. Stories about anger, betrayal, disappointment.
  3. Unrequited love, failed romances, separation, heartache.
  4. Coming of Age novels or picture books – those that celebrate a turning of the leaf, a transition from one phase of one’s life to the next.

And in keeping with our theme, here are some of the books I managed to borrow from our library.

Loss, Heartbreak, Coming of Age

Picture Books


I am not that familiar with Tatsuya Miyanishi’s work, but this one spoke to me from the bookshelves, and it looks perfect for our theme: Mr. Reaper.


When we did our research on possible books that would fit our theme, this was one title that was highly recommended: Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng and illustrated by Yuyi Morales


Harry & Hopper by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood and Moonshadow by Gillian Lobel and Karin Littlewood.


The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic and illustrated by Olivier Tallec and The Purple Balloon by Chris Raschka.


Michael Rosen’s Sad Book illustrated by Quentin Blake and Judith Kerr’s My Henry.

YA Novels


Oh yes, I have an abundance of David Levithan’s novels: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Every Day, and The Lover’s Dictionary.


This was my travel-buddy as I traveled to Budapest last week: Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto.

Please do let us know, dear friends, if there are books that you would like for us to hunt down in connection with our theme. We would love to know about them.

2 comments on “[BHE 60] Launch of Bimonthly Theme for July/August: Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age

  1. Pingback: [Nonfiction Monday Reading] Artwork, Shared Lives, and Touching the Skies: Judith Kerr’s “My Henry” and Tejubehan’s “Drawing from the City” and May/June Winner of AWB Reading Challenge |

  2. I found many of these at our library, Myra. I would add The Fault In Our Stars-John Green, and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Excited to see what this new theme brings!


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