Friday, April 16, 2010
Top Ten Picks: Books That Made You Cry
Random Ramblings has a new (or at least new-to-me) weekly feature called Top Ten Picks. I'll *probably* go back through her archives and see what I've missed so far. I might participate in these at my other blog, Behind the Scenes. This week's list features books that make you cry.
I don't know if this will surprise anyone or not. But. I don't cry much when I'm reading. When I shared this with a group of friends (and fellow book lovers) not so long ago, they were surprised. I guess because I seem like the emotional sort. And I am. I can cry because of a commercial, a song, a tv show, a movie, an item on the news. There are so many things that can make me cry. But. It doesn't happen all that often with books. Here are a few notable exceptions:
Anne of Green Gables. L.M. Montgomery
I love, love, love L.M. Montgomery's Anne series. This is the first book in that series. It doesn't matter how many times I've read this one, how many times I've read the series, how many times I've watched the series, Matthew's dying gets me every single time. Oh how my heart aches and breaks for Anne and Marilla.
Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
This is the last book in the Anne series. And it is such a great way to end the series. My love for this book is one of the reasons (though not the only reason by any means) why the third Anne movie just doesn't exist at all (for me). Oh how I hate--absolutely loathe--that third Anne movie. Anyway, this one is narrated by Anne's youngest, Rilla. And it is set during World War I.
Since I think this one doesn't have quite as many readers as Anne of Green Gables, I will not tell you why I sob when I read this one.
Going for the Record by Julie Swanson
This is an emotional one. But I just have to recommend it all the same! It is about a seventeen year old girl losing her father to cancer. And wow, it's good.
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.
I know this one probably isn't terribly original to list. But. It was the first Sparks' novel I'd ever read. And it did make me cry. I have never been able to reread this one. I'm afraid it would have to go to the freezer if I did.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Another obvious choice, in a way. I think there's a reason it topped Fuse #8's Top 100 Children's Novels Poll. I think this one really is a must-read. If you're an adult who's never met Charlotte and Wilbur and Templeton, you need to meet them. It's not ever too late.
Does anyone know which Little House book it is where Jack (the dog) dies?! I can never quite remember and I think it surprises me each time I read it. And that's not a good surprise.
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