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.
Essentially we are looking for ‘big issues,’ ‘big ideas’ or ‘big emotions’ kind of books:
- Books that deal with loss, bereavement, death, grief over something/someone.
- Stories about anger, betrayal, disappointment.
- Unrequited love, failed romances, separation, heartache.
- 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
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.
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.