Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme created by The Broke and the Bookish for list addicts. The only catch (and it’s a biggie) is that you are supposed to stick to ten things. This week’s list is…
Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry
I can’t come up with 10 books off the top of my head that I haven’t already talked about in some way shape or form over the last year. If I can think of some more later I might add to them or leave the post as a monument to my lack of inspiration. There are a lot of books that are so full of pathos that you know you are supposed to cry but they don’t always evoke tears. Tess of D’Urbervilles is one such book. I loathed Hardy’s novel and was grateful when Tess finally died. She was free of unrelenting misery caused by being a female and no longer subjected to the whims of the men in her life.
1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
It’s pretty hard not to shed a tear when Cedric Diggory shuffles off this mortal coil. The bit where Harry brings the body back is particularly poignant. I realise that there are a stack of scenes that would qualify especially in the Deathly Hallows but this one always got me.
2. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyle
The scene at the end when the boys have to get changed makes me cry every time I read it. Boyle heavily foreshadows what is about to happen so the reader is aware but is helpless to protect them from the actions of Bruno’s father.
3. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
This isn’t one of my favourite books by a long shot but the tragedy in it was executed really well because it happened so suddenly.
4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
I felt manipulated into crying while reading this book and ended up resenting it which may seem like an odd comment. The sheer extent of the family’s woes and the pathos that came from the situation was overbearing.
5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The angst in this novel knows no bounds. Nuff said.