I have been wanting to participate in Top Ten Tuesday for ages and ages. It’s a fun little (or big) meme from The Broke and the Bookish that’s definitely worth checking out. I’ve been stalking the topic list for a few months now and I knew that I had to participate in this week as I love books that make me cry. The harder I cry, the better. I know. Strange, huh? I could theorize on why I love books that make me cry but really I think it just boils down to the fact that they illicit a strong emotional response that ends up sticking with me.
So, as follows are ten books that have made me cry.
1. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. This book gave me majorly heavy boots and I cried several times. Including once on the recumbent bike at the gym.
2. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Buckets of tears. Bonus points for beautiful writing as well. I keep meaning to re-read this one.
3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. Oh my heart. And poor little Harry. This is the fifth book in the series but it made me sob and sob. I was in denial of what happened the rest of the series.
4. Atonement by Ian McEwan. On an airplane. Stuffed between my husband and another man. This book was so unfair. And yet…
5. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. I was confounded by most of this book but when it hit me, it hit me hard. I was holding a sleeping baby Elle when I broke into tears while reading this one.
6. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Scott could hear my sobbing from the other room. When I explained that I was crying because of my book I received a “Seriously?” response. Oh! Owen! Oh!!
7. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger. I can still remember staying up until 2 in the morning to finish this book and then crying in bed for another hour.
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. So many times. May as well just rip out my heart and stomp on it.
9. 11/22/63 by Stephen King. King? Make me cry? Oh yes. Sobbing, heaving mess on the couch. Scott just rolled his eyes at me.
10. Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. More like a sad whimpering but nonetheless this book still breaks my heart when I think about it.
Are these all the books that have made me cry? No way jose. Last year I was caught sobbing in Starbucks while finishing Me Before You. Sobbing. A few times at work I’ve gone back to my desk with red rimmed eyes from crying while reading at lunchtime. But still, I seek these books out. I love them so deeply.
Did any of these books make you cry? What are some others that made you sob?