Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry.

Oh boy, this will be a short list. There are very few things out there that make me cry. However there are a couple of books that I can think of that made me cry or came close to it.

  1. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Hands down this is the one book, and movie for that matter, that makes me cry every time. Seriously the scene where Black Beauty sees Ginger for the last time, that gets the tears flowing.
  2. Bullying Under Attack by John Meyer. I almost cried only because reading this book made me relive some of my past and it affected me emotionally.
  3. Dangerous Depths by Karen Amanda Hooper. Okay, I didn’t cry reading this one, but man it totally played havoc with my emotions at times.
  4. The Shining by Stephen King. I was bored to tears reading this one…so it counts, right?

That’s it. I really can’t think of any other books that I have read that made me cry, almost cry or messed with my emotions. What books have made you cry?

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Mine is a short list as well, but there have been a couple:

    — Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green. It’s about a Jewish girl who ends up sheltering a German soldier who had escaped from a POW camp during WWII and she kind of ends up falling in love with him.

    — Sasha, My Friend by Barbara Corcoran, about a boy living in a ranching town in Montana and ends up befriending a wolf. Predictably it does not go well.

    — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. It’s the culmination of the series and the war, and a lot of people you’ve been invested in for seven books die, often suddenly and unexpectedly.

    — The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy, about a herd of elephants looking for a fabled white bone that will lead them to safety from poachers. Spoiler alert: Everyone dies.

    • The only one I’ve heard of before is the Harry Potter one. Dude, all the elephants dying would probably make me cry as well. I might have to check out the other ones as I clear my insanely huge TBR pile haha.

      • I recommend The White Bone to pretty much everyone. It’s great. Aside from the brutality of it (there’s this one scene in particular with some poachers and baby elephants and oh my god I had to put it down I was sobbing so hard), it’s altogether just a really great book. The characterization of the elephants and their culture is so spot-on and detailed, and the writing style itself is very original and beautiful. It was probably my biggest inspiration when I wrote Nezumi’s Children.

        I haven’t read any of the Barbara Corcoran books since I was a kid, but she was one of my favorite authors growing up. She had a whole slew of books in a similar vein (“boy and his dog” type books, my bread & butter as a kid) and I remember them all very fondly. No idea if the quality still holds up as an adult, though.

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