As we all know, literature can be a powerful force in our lives, beyond just the initial enjoyment of reading. Books not only make us think but they can make us laugh, inspire us to take action and teach us something new. Some stories can move us to tears because they are so touching (or in some cases, because they’re so badly written). Some books are so suspensful or downright scary that you have to sleep with the lights on. Once in a while, you’ll find an author or novel that manages to do all of these things and more.
… made you cry?
… made you laugh hysterically?
… scared the crap out of you?
… inspired you to try something new?
… made you feel outrage?
List your top picks in any or all of these categories — or come up with categories of your own to share. What books strike an emotional chord with you?