Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Top Ten Tuesdays - Books That Made Me Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish. they'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists

This week's Top Ten is:
Top Ten Books That Made You Cry
(These all contain little spoilers. Just a heads up.)
1. The Book Thief - Zusak -  i can't think of a better place to start that here. The Book Thief was a really emotional journey for me. I read it this past winter and remember crying through the last thirty pages. It was just so hard to see Liesel lose everything and everyone.  

2.Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - Rowling - Here's a little secret. When I first read Half Blood Prince when it came out I didn't cry. I didn't even really think twice to what Dumbledore's death would mean. Since then I've read Half Blood Prince at least five times, and twice since i started this blog. It's my favorite book of the series and I've noticed, especially in these past two reads, that I can't finish it without bawling like a baby. When I reread the series this summer I had to wait a few days to start Deathly Hallows. I felt like I needed to finally mourn Dumbledore properly, because I hadn't all those years ago. 

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Rowling - I've talked a lot about Harry Potter on this Blog, but I find it hard to do lists like this without adding both HBP and DH. I have cried every single time I've read Deathly Hallows, sometimes more then others, but the tears are always there. Really, in addition to losing so many characters I'd grown to love, Deathly Hallows represents the end of my childhood. 
I even cried all the way through the epilogue. 
All was well. 
4. The Proud Breed - Blasis - A good friend lent me The Proud Breed years ago. I must have been just starting high school. It was a long novel, an epic really. I don't remember a lot of the details, or really much of anything about it, but I remember turning the final few pages and sobbing. There's something about taking a complete journey with a person, for me, means I need to mourn them in some way. I sobbed my way through those final pages, and I was proud of myself.

5. One Day - Nicholls - This may be silly, but I felt for Emma. This was one of those situations where I needed there to be a complete happy ending, kids, a dog, a white picket fence's. I needed that for this story, and I understand why the ending was what it was, but I just couldn't get over finality of everything. I just wanted there to be a story where everyone wasn't perfect, but where there could still be some kind of lasting happiness.

6. A Walk to Remember - Sparks - I don't think I need to say much about this, despite my hatred of new Sparks novels, i did read a good few in my early teens and Jamie and Landon have the kind of romance that's made for a box of tissues. 

7. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Album - Journey's through death are sad. There really isn't much  more to say about this. 

8. Everything is Illuminated - Foer - I may have shed a few tears over Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but Everything is Illuminated left me sad for days. I think it's something with World War II stories that get me. It was a combination of all of the stories that just had me shedding tears here. I have been siting this as one of my favorite books for over five years now and haven't been able to bring myself to reread it.

9. Falling Angels - Chevalier - This is my favorite book of all time. Honestly, my copy is falling to pieces, and I can find my favorite passages just by opening up to the creases. Now this list has me realizing one thing. I like sad things. Falling Angel's isn't really different. There is a lot of sadness here, and some death, and for a book that is centered around mourning it seems like It would have been a little wrong if I didn't shed a few tears as well.

I can't really think of any more, so I'll leave this list at 9.


Coffee and a Book Chick said...

OMG. Harry Potter -- without giving anything away to anyone, but you know *the* parts with Dobby and Hedwig?? Aaghhhhh... BAWLED my eyes out to an embarrassing level...!

Red said...

Harry Potter made it on my list as well. I've tried re-reading the series but haven't been able to make it past the 1/2 way point of the 5th book yet. I know what's coming so I keep stopping...

Avid Reader said...

HP, Book Thief, Everything is Illuminated, such great picks! I'm with you on One Day too, I was really sad about that one. Falling Angels is one of my favorites too and it is so tragic for some of the characters. I love it though.

Rummanah Aasi said...

Yup, those HP books are definitely hard to read, especially when you're favorite characters get the axe for no apparent reason.

bibliophiliac said...

I just picked up both of Foer's novels at the library today. Now I find out I'll be sad for days! ;)

Kayla + Cyna said...

Harry Potter was on my list as well, OotP and Deathly Hallows. The walk through the woods with the Resurrection Stone man, I can't do it without crying.

I'm with you on Sparks' new novels, but the ending of A Walk to Remember got to me as a kid, too. I was so sad they left that out of the movie :/

readerbuzz said...

I haven't read a book with a happy ending since...well, I honestly can't remember. Good thing I do not cry every time I get hit with the sad finale.

Here's my TT: