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Another Thursday is here, and we are one step closer to the weekend.  It’s been a rough week at work, so I, for one, am counting down to that weekend with every fiber of my being.  To get us through another day of work, it’s time for Booking Through Thursday!

What’s the saddest book you’ve read recently?

Book Cover Image: Marley and Me by John GroganI feel like I’m repeating my books over and over again here. The first one that comes to mind is Marley and Me.  It is definitely sad, as any pet owner knows.  But the sadness is also one of joy and more of a celebration and tribute to one of the goofiest and yet lovable dogs you’ll ever get the pleasure of meeting.  John Grogan’s tribute to Marley will leave you in tears, but they are well worth it.
Book Cover Image: The Lie by Fredrica WagmanAnother book that comes to mind is Fredrica Wagman’s The Lie.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading this book yet, I highly recommend it.  The struggle of a very young woman to understand and overcome childhood trauma and how that trauma affects her marriage and relationship with her children will haunt you for weeks after finishing it. 
Book Cover Image: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoyevskyThe last book I would recommend for sadness is Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.  This story of three brothers, their boorish father, set in pre-revolutionary Russia is equal parts comical and gut-wrenching.  As each brother struggles with his beliefs, his relationships, and human nature, the reader is sent on an emotional rollar coaster.  This book has been declared by some critics as one of the best novels of all time.  While others might debate that claim, make no mistake that it is definitely one for the ages.  The reader is emotional wrung-out at the end of it, and yet the questions keep coming and coming – well after finishing the last sentence.  It’s a bear of a read but definitely worth the effort.
So, what is the saddest book you’ve read recently?  Is this the type of book you like to read? 
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