It's a common word to use when describing a book. In fact, it's not a rare word in my vocabulary at all. But what makes a book touching? What makes it have such an effect on its readers? Why does it make us feel certain emotions while other book do nothing of the sort?
I'm not one of those people who cry very easily, but there have been a few books in the past where I couldn't contain myself. The most recent I can think of was The Kite Runner. I don't think I've ever felt that sad while reading a book before. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone, so I'll only say this: one character was so, so loyal to someone who mistreated him, and it was so hearbreaking to read.
The author's talent has a huge role to play in this. Some people have the ability to, with so few words, make you feel emotions that are so complex and so real that you cannot identify them - you only know they're there. Khaled Hosseini, the author of The Kite Runner, had this power on me. I'm sure not everyone would be as strongly affected as I was, but the fact remains. When you think about it, it's unbelievable! All there is in front of you is a page with some two-dimensional words on it, yet the things that you are capable of feeling are so true, and are triggered by what you read.
Whether it's the words, the plot, the characters, or something else, many books have the ability to touch us and change us. I think this is one of the most interesting and important aspects of reading - feelings something that wasn't there before. And it supports the common thought that authors can be some of the most talented people on earth!
What makes a book touching for you? Is it the sheer power of the language, or is it something else? What are some books you've read that have made a lasting impression on you?