This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is “Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry.” This one is a bit easier than last week, though that might just be because I’m a total softy who will cry at a Budweiser commercial if you throw something cute and furry into it. (I’m actually not kidding. This one.) At any rate, you can let me know in the comments if any of my picks were, you know, just me.
1. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
This broke my heart over and over again when I read it as a kid. It was the first book I’d read about the holocaust, and I was blown over – not only by Anne’s story, which is undoubtedly deeply emotional – but by the larger tragedy within which her story took place.
2. The Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J. K. Rowling
So many feels! Obviously it’s the end of an epic series, so that in itself is sad, but it was so emotional. And Dobby! Oh, man. I’m still recovering.
3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Well obviously this one made the list. I haven’t cried this hard reading a book for a long time. It’s tragic and beautiful and I will never get over it.
4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Rowell’s writing gets me every. damn. time. She is wondeful and amazing. This book snuck up on me. The emotional impact wasn’t as obvious and up front as some of the others on this list, but it definitely tore me into little pieces by the end.
5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Aslan. Need I say more?
6. The Anne of Green Gables books by L. M. Montgomery
Well who doesn’t feel for Anne Shirley? Life isn’t easy for her. And while there are some truly hilarious moments, there are some heart-wringers, too.
7. The Lord of the Rings Books by J. R. R. Tolkien
I can’t remember if they made me cry, but they were definitely the cause of some serious feels!
8. And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts
This is a little different from the other books in this list, except perhaps for Anne Frank. This is a non-fiction book, and it’s kind of a history of AIDS as it slowly began to infiltrate the gay community, as the doctors struggled to figure out what it was and how to treat it – and reading it was a pretty overwhelming experience. I didn’t make it to the end of this book, because I just couldn’t. I did watch the movie, though, which had a huge impact on me.
9. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
I read this in my last year of high school. And while I can’t really remember a lot of the plot, I do remember all the feels that accompanied it. I struggled a bit to get into this book, but I stuck with it and it was one of those books that I think really changed how I viewed the world around me. I should probably re-read this at some point!
10. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
You all know I wasn’t the biggest fan of how this series was written, but that doesn’t change the fact that the story itself was brilliant, and this last book was just… yeah. Lots of feels.
I feel like I’ve forgotten some real tearjerkers, so if you can think of any great books that are guaranteed to turn on the waterworks (in a good way), share in the comments! //<![CDATA[ var sc_project=10144299; var sc_invisible=1; var sc_security="82f610c9"; var scJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://secure." : "http://www."); document.write("”); //]]>