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Jul 15, 2008, 10:14pm Top

If any of you watched Friends religiously when it was first on, you may have already figured out what this post is about.

In an episode of friends, Joey and Rachael talk about their absolute favorite books. Rachel's is Little Women and Joey's is The Shining. Joey tells Rachel that he was so scared when first reading the book, late at night, that he threw it into the freezer. Rachel laughs at Joey, but eventually she too throws the book in the freezer. Later she and Joey throw Little Women into the freezer as well because of their emotional attachment to the characters.

I know I've felt the same way before. The most recent time was today.

I just finished reading Looking for Alaska, which is a fantastic book, and there was a time while reading it were I seriously wanted to throw it in the fridge and just pretend it didn't exist. The reason for this was that it it one of those fantastically depressing books that you really can't help but get emotionally involved in.

I don't know what this thread is supposed to be, but for me it was a little bit of catharsis. If it helps you to post you deep emotional response to a book, then by all means please do so. But if not, don't worry 'bout it. I won't.

"How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!" ~Gabriel García Márquez, The General in His Labyrinth

Jul 15, 2008, 10:27pm Top

I love this idea. And that was a great episode. :o)

Let me ponder this question...

Jul 15, 2008, 10:40pm Top

The Book Thief is one that I think a lot of people will agree with me about. It provokes a strong emotional reaction. I liked the book, but might not reread it because of that.

Also . . . Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I love that book, and certainly will read it again, but the first time I read it I was overwhelmed by everything that happened in it. It was the most gut-wrenching of the series, for me.

Jul 15, 2008, 10:55pm Top

There were definitely times when I wanted to throw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into the freezer while you were reading it, Foggi. Especially when Dobby died. That came out of nowhere.

I never really ad that reaction to The Book Thief, Foggi, even though it does get really intense at times.

Jul 15, 2008, 11:01pm Top

The Half-Blood Prince and the Deathly Hallows are definitely 2 that i almost cried in, foggi and espeon. Also, A Curse as Dark as Gold also almost made me cry. There are probably other books, but i'll have to think about it....

Jul 15, 2008, 11:12pm Top

Yes, I would have put DH in the freezer after Chapter 3 or 4.
And make room in there for Cyrano de Bergerac.

Jul 15, 2008, 11:16pm Top

Augh, there was a book I read when I was fourteen that I can't remember the title but the sad, sad story still haunts me to this day. SO if I could remember the title I would shove that in there, too.

Jul 16, 2008, 12:49am Top

Though I'm a fan of Friends, the idea of putting a book in the freezer has never occured to me as something to do myself. I've gotten very upset and not wanted to continue reading many times, though.

I have to strongly agree about Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows. A couple of other books for me include The Onion Girl and Hurt Go Happy. I remember as a teen that rereading V.C. Andrews' Dawn was always very difficult.

Jul 16, 2008, 12:55am Top

The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor

Jul 16, 2008, 4:11am Top

me too...I would also have thrown Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
into the freezer...god it was very depressing until the very last chapter....
but in the fear of upsetting my mom by throwing it in the freezer...I didnt...but i must say i am very overprotective of my books so this above is just describing an emotion!!;-}

Jul 16, 2008, 10:59am Top

I think we're gonna need a bigger freezer....

Ditto on the HP 6 and 7, as well as The Book Thief and Hurt Go Happy. And Watership Down too.

Aww heck pretty much anything I've tagged lachrymose fits that kind of emotional reaction category for me.

As for stuff that scared me so much that I'd add it to the pile.... Most of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's stuff has freaked me out to some degree but the best/worst was when I was in the middle of reading Still life with Crows (about a serial killer in a corn field) and I ended up taking a late night drive through central Illinois - through several corn fields. I really needed a freezer to throw that book into at the time!!

Edited: Jul 16, 2008, 11:08am Top

#9 Flannery O'connor rocks.

My candidate is The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem. Made me cry, it did.

edited because touchstones are buggy today.

Jul 16, 2008, 12:35pm Top

Ms. O'Connor definitely rocks, but if that book didn't give you the willies, then you must be an inner city social worker or something. ha

Jul 16, 2008, 12:37pm Top

#13 I love the willies! Hence, I love Flan.

Jul 16, 2008, 2:04pm Top

The willies is a good word for what Flannery O'Connor does. She's one of my favorites, is it strange identified with her when I was in Jr High?

I will have to give the freezer more careful thought.

Jul 16, 2008, 2:07pm Top

I would have tossed Love in the Time of Cholera in there for the first 75% of it, but the final quarter thawed it out.

Jul 16, 2008, 2:59pm Top

After much research (clicking on the touchstone and reading the reviews) I have decided that I, too, must depress myself yet be enlightened by this Flannery O'Connor.

Jul 16, 2008, 4:28pm Top

Deathly Hollows, definitely. And Transail Saga by Gary Paulsen. I remember reading it in 6th grade and getting really attached.

Jul 16, 2008, 5:34pm Top

#17 MEM O'Connor helps the reader by flavoring the melancholy with humor. Start with some short stories. One called Revelation is my personal favorite.

Jul 16, 2008, 5:56pm Top

#19 So you're saying don't dive into the deep end of Wise Blood or Everything That Rises Must Converge? *cackle*

Jul 16, 2008, 6:07pm Top

No LG I am saying it is like potato chips. Start with one and then grab the bag. . .

Jul 16, 2008, 6:08pm Top


This conversation is making me want to read Wise Blood again. What a freakshow! Love it!

Jul 16, 2008, 7:09pm Top

Hmm. If I didn't hate potato chips, this thread would have made me hungry. Let's see what else is in the freezer. Um, besides books. (And who keeps potato chips in the freezer, anyways? ;)

Jul 16, 2008, 7:52pm Top

I can't really think of any books that I'd want in the freezer. A few now and then that I might throw in the garbage, but I usually donate those to the thrift store instead.

Edited: Jul 16, 2008, 8:01pm Top

*gasps* In the garbage?!

Some LTers put books in their freezers when they purchase used books as a way of getting rid of book bugs.

Jul 16, 2008, 8:07pm Top

*blinks* Would that work? I would think you would just be cryogenically preserving them.

Edited: Jul 16, 2008, 8:12pm Top

#26 jp:
No idea. Personally, I've never done that. I once threw a book back on the shelf when I found a bug and wished it away, though. Several months later when I decided to give it a try again, all was well. ;)

Edited: I've heard of people tossing books in the dryer to rid them of bugs as well.

Edited: Jul 17, 2008, 9:03am Top

BOOKS GET BUG ATTACKS????????!!!!!!!*feels dumb*

Jul 18, 2008, 12:19am Top

I don't think we have book bugs in this area, we don't have many bugs compared to most other places.

the first book that made me cry was little women

Jul 18, 2008, 1:20am Top

My daughter worked in her college library and they would freeze books by placing them in a plastic bag and freezing them for 72 hours and that would kill any bugs or larvae. Apparently they eat the glue in the binding. Unless it was a very valuable book I think I would toss it!
( I cried at Little Women and Jane Eyre too! )

Jul 18, 2008, 1:41pm Top

I have to disagree about DH. I cried of course, but didn't feel it was freezer worthy. I'd definitely say The Book Thief and Lost Boys would be my freezer books for sure.

Jul 19, 2008, 2:10pm Top

26- LOL!

29- Oh, yes, Little Women made me cry so bad.

JP would tell me to throw Bridge to Terabithia in the freezer because of the...strong reaction I had to it when I was little. Just in case anyone was wondering, that isn't a good book to read late at night. Very sad.

Jul 20, 2008, 4:24pm Top

apperently that experience has stayed with both of you very clearly.

Jul 20, 2008, 7:09pm Top

I haven't read it since I was much younger so it might not have the same effect now, but My Girl was the first book that made me sob in that can't-breathe-snot-running-out-of-your-nose-can-barely-see-the-page-through-your-tears sort of way. Since then, I think Message in a Bottle (mostly for its connection to a very dark time in my life), Stone Butch Blues, and Pay It Forward have earned the grade for that sort of response. I definitely bawled my eyes out throughout the HP series, but I'm more likely to have a panic attack if I can't see the books on my shelf than if I'm reminded of a particularly emotional part of the story :)

Nov 23, 2008, 3:18pm Top

Um...pretty much any book by Sarah Dessen I would have to throw in the freezer.

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