I cannot tell you how happy I am that this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is a rewind theme…because the last few weeks have been busy so I missed a Top Ten Tuesday that I Really, Really wanted to do (yes, I meant to capitalize those Really’s). Which one you ask? Why … Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry, I answer. I love a good book that will tear the heart-wrenching, gut-deep sobs out of me and these are the ones that had me in tears. Why do I love that? Because it’s like this huge emotional cleanser. Usually I lump all of the other things I’ve been wanting to cry about into the mix and…well.. this way I don’t have to explain. I just point to the book and continue my sobfest. So, here I go, in no particular order.
1. Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Saenz is a new author to me and, while I absolutely adored the first book I picked up of his (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe), this one, especially the end, completely wrecked me. It’s a beautifully written tale of addiction and recovery and life and I highly recommend it.
2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This one made me cry out of nowhere. One moment I’m very touched, the next my sister is looking at me wondering what the heck is going on. It was such a personal moment, I was actually surprised to find myself sitting in the living room – I’d completely forgotten where I was. This is a beautiful story about grief and loss and the process of healing.
3. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green
This book… this book made me truly appreciate those kids that grow up needing a friend. I loved reading about a life from the perspective of the imaginary friend and found myself in tears more than once. A very, very touching book and one that I still think about regularly.
4. Every Day by David Levithan
The sheer beauty of the story and writing in this book makes me weep even as I just remember it. I love the depiction of love here – that it can transcend all barriers and be something greater than size, shape, and color.
5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I really debated not putting this book on the list because, let’s face it, I’m sure it was on everyone’s list. But this is Top Ten Tuesday Rewind and this book made me sob harder then I have ever sobbed before. In fact, it’s on my shelf for a re-read very soon (and I cannot wait for the movie).
6. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
This is one of my most recommended books. If you haven’t read it and think the movie watching experience is enough, please, for the love of all things inconceivable, pick up the book and be enlightened. I cry from laughter and from heartache every time I read this book. Then, I go through a mourning period because I know I will never have a Wesley in my life.
7. 8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Four words. Dora the Explorer shoes. You will cry, I promise.
8. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
This is the book that made a Patchett fan out of me. This is the only book I’ve read where I experienced this moment of silence in my head as the last big scene played out. I could see it in my imagination, could even picture the slow-motion a movie might do. It stunned me, and I wept from the beauty and sadness of it.
9. Here be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
The story of Joanna and Llewelyn is, in my opinion, the best love story in all of English history. I read this book years ago and I am afraid to pick it up again because of the force of the emotions that it brought out in me.
10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Beth. Oh lovely Beth.
What books make you cry but you love them all the same?