Or for sappy movies. Books can have the same effect and as you will notice with my list, all of the books that had me crying were made into a movie or mini-series.
This weeks Top Ten Tuesday asks us to list “Ten Books That Will Make You Cry”.
Of course, what makes me or you cry will not affect another person the same way. (That or their denial factor is off the charts.)
These are in no particular order, but I can tell you the ones that made me bawl like a hungry baby in a wet diaper are Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Where The Red Fern Grows.
I wish I could list books that caused happy tears, but for some reason (or one that escapes me but would interest a psychologist), I can’t remember any of them, and I’m sure there have been. I think.
Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry
- Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
A frequently challenged book because of concerns over swearing and religious reasons. Pfffft. My main caution to a future reader is to be prepared for some serious heartbreak, not indignation. This book won the Newbury Medal in 1978.
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I saw it coming paragraphs before and if I’d been really paying attention, I would have known from the beginning. This is where an author shows what a good writer they are – that I can forgive them for smacking me with that two-by-four they’ve been waving in my face since chapter one.
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Nuf said.
Just as a side note, there are also gems like this throughout the book: “I always thought insanity would be a dark, bitter feeling, but it is drenching and delicious if you really roll around in it.”
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
A major character was killed off. (This was before I was introduced to George R.R. Martin’s work, so cut me some slack at being shocked). When the reason for the death was explained later in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I cried again. Then there was the final battle scenes. Damn you Rowling, DAMN YOU. *sobs*
- Mockingjay (Hunger Games Book 3) by Suzanne Collins
A lot of people died in this series, but I didn’t cry as much, if at all, for them as I did when this character died. Hey you…Collins…go share the time-out corner with Rowling. Geez. *sniffles*
- Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Being as sensitive about animals as I am now, it’s no wonder I had to stop reading stories like this. I’ve re-read a lot of the books I had as a kid, but not this one. I can’t. Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov owe Rawls (and Kinnan Rawlings) a great deal for turning me into a fan of science fiction in my teens.
- The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Sometimes I read a Pulitzer Winner and wonder how it deserved the prize. I don’t with this one. Ever. As for the movie adaptations; there good, but I’d recommend watching Cross Creek with Mary Steenburgen first.
- Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
The one redemption for this tearjerker are the puppies. Puppies make everything better. (Well, after potty training and before the teething stage). This book received a retroactive Newbery Honor in 1969.
- Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
The only thing that consoled me was realizing that Sophie died that night at the camp, not in Nathan’s arms later. Sophie’s Choice won the US National Book Award for Fiction in 1980.
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
I was diagnosed with stage III cancer in 2000, and with stage IV with mets in 2011, so there is a lot in this lecture that hits very, very close to home.
So after needing a few tissues just to make this list, how did you do? Agree, disagree? What does your list look like? Feel free to link yours in the comments.