This Week's Top Ten

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Jillian over at Random Ramblings has chosen Books That Made You Cry as the topic of this week's Top Ten.  Anyone who knows me that I cry if the wind blows the wrong way, so this list should be pretty easy for me to create.  I'm going to try and stay with books that are legitimate tear jerkers, because I occasionally cry at things that no one else finds touching (like when Darth Vadar died in Return of the Jedi-yep, I'm that bad, though I was only 13 or something when it came out)

1.  The Time Traveller's Wife-Audrey Niffenegger
I think that this is one of the most touching love stories I have ever read.  Even though I knew in my heart what was going to happen, I just kept hoping I was wrong.  I actually cried harder at the end, when Clare was old.  It just seemed so much sadder to me.

2.  The Kite Runner-Khaled Hosseini
There are so many tragic things that happened in this book.  I can't even imagine the shame that the main character must have felt, or the pain and confusion that Hassan felt first because of the brutal attack, and then because of the betrayal by his friend.

3.  Bridge to Terebithia-Katherine Patterson
This book was one of my favorite as a kid.  I've read it aloud to several of my classes, and I still cry every time I read the part where Leslie dies.  I think that reading this book was the first time I realized that children could die.

4.  The Notebook-Nicholas Sparks
This was the first Nicholas Sparks book that I read, and I expected all of them to be this touching.  Sadly, I haven't liked any of his other books.  They seem a little too sappy to me.  I was surprised, because this love story is so poignant, given the setting and structure of the novel.

5.  My Sister's Keeper-Jodi Picoult
This was the first book I read by Jodi Picoult, and it was the first book my teachers' book club read when we got started a few years ago.  I had no idea what I was letting myself in for.  This book made me angry and sad and frustrated, but mostly sad.

6.The Yearling-Marjorie Kinnan Rowlings
 Believe it or not, I read this book for the first time in college for a children's literature class.  I had heard of Ol' Yeller, of course, and had I known that this was a similar story I might have been prepared for what happened.  I was so angry at the boy's father-I say let that deer eat whatever he wants!

7.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-JK Rowling
Fred Weasly, that's all I'm sayin'

8.  Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe-Fannie Flagg
While the movie really downplays the love affair between Ruth and Idgie, the book makes it clear that Idgie is not just losing her best friend, but her lover-the love of her life.  Couple that with the sub-plot of Big George and Smokey Lonesome, and the mood is set for tearjerkiness.

9. The Joy Luck Club-Amy Tan
The matter of fact way that the tragedy of what happened in China to this family added to the horror that I felt.  Human beings should never be put in the position to have to make the kinds of decisions that this family had to make.

10.  The Secret Life of Bees-Sue Monk Kidd
Oh, Miss May...carrying the weight of the world, writing them and placing them in the chinks of the wall.  Just that image tears me up, never mind what happens later.


  1. Oh my goodness.. Fred Weasley. Made me even sadder compared to when Dumbledore.. well, you know.
    It's also sad just because the series is finally over :(

    Other than that.. haha. Love your picks. Thank you for participating.

  2. Oh my goodness, I have read the Time Travllers Wife a million times and every time I ball my eyes out. It is so sad.

    I also cried in the last Harry Potter, more because it was coming to an end than anything else

  3. I own The Time Travellers Wife and the secret life of bees - am I in for some sad times then :)

  4. Have you read The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan? I hear it's really good, better than Joy Luck Club. Trying to decide if I want to read it.
    Great list!

  5. I've read all of Amy Tan's books-and liked them all. I thought that Hundred Secret Senses was a better book than Joy Luck Club, but Joy Luck Club made me cry, hence its inclusion on the list...

  6. Chris and Jess-I guess that depends on how easily you cry...I think Time Traveller's Wife would make just about anyone with any ounce of romance in their body weep. Secret Life of Bees is sad in a different way, and ultimately redemptive, so maybe not.

  7. Infidel is about the only book I can remember that made me cry. I love lists, but I don't think I could come up with 10. I'd have to give it some thought.

  8. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult is on my list too!


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